Pacific Peacebuilding for Transformation

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Posted December 2, 2018 from Fiji
Vosita Lenesaurua is the Director of Transcend Oceania's Peace Institute
Vosita Lenesaurua is the Director of Transcend Oceania's Peace Institute (1/1)

 

 

"It's a step in a quest to building peace and explore deeper our rich cultural processes for peace, as well as the need to transform those that cause violence" says Vosita Lenesaurua the Director of the Oceania Peace Institute (OPI) a two week long learning institute for community based Peacebuilders from Fiji and Papua New Guinea including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville that got underway in Suva today.

Convened by the Fiji based Transcend Oceania (TO) organisation which is also the Fiji focal point of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) with the theme for the institute is "Peace, Justice and Leadership in the Pacific - The Challenge, The Promise" the OPI has been designrf to share peacebuilding practice and to deepen knowledge and skills for the participants.

 

But it is not passive learning, it is an opportunity to reanimate peacebuilding for a just'peace as participants were reminded in the opening remarks by Dr Tui Rakuita a founding Board member of TO who set the scene with the three "Cs" that connect Oceania - Christianity, Colonialism and Capitalism as a reminder of the complex political history as well as social and economic challenges to peacebuilding efforts including the impact of climate change and intensifying disasters:

 

"We need a common resolve digging deeply in our Oceanic history to redefine the journey ahead" said Rakuita.

 

A journey he said that will bring about meaningful transformation and employ a "G'local" application of peacebuilding practice. 

 

The institute marks an exciting new chapter for the Transcend Oceania which collaborates with peacebuilders from the GPPAC Pacific network to advance gender inclusive conflict prevention through non violent activism including peace education. The institute is organised in collaboration with Conciliation Resources and Peaceworks Australia and continues until December 13th. 

 

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jlanghus
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for sharing this important institute and work. It's great to see some progress being made toward peace building.

You may want to consider submitting your story for the current story awards, "What Gives You Hope?" If so, this is the link:
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/89062

Hope you're having a great day!

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Thanks for this message - do I just repost it?

jlanghus
Dec 06, 2018
Dec 06, 2018

Hi Sharon,

Yes, you can just re-post, making sure that at the bottom it has this statement, "This post was submitted in response to What Gives You Hope?" Then, you know for sure it's been submitted. Good luck!