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Trainings Within the EED Program

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Series of trainings were conducted within the EED Program for IDPs and returnees from Gori region and buffer zones, also Tbilisi compact centers. For the first year several stages process were planed: Conflict Resolution I Stage Training, ToT in Conflict Resolution, Training for Youth Leaders in Communication and Conflict Management, Advanced Training for Youth Leaders in Learedship and Team Work.

I Stage - Training in Conflict Resolution, II Stage – ToT in Conflict Resolution and trainings conducted by the trainees in their communities and its monitoring was held since October, 2009. IDPs (target group) needs assessment was done preliminarily and the training program was designed accordingly to the results of the Focus Groups run.

Preparatory work on the IDP training in Conflict Resolution (I stage) was done during November, 2009. Training materials were created specially for the I Stage (3 days) and II Stage - ToT trainings. Training program was based on the problems identified and purpose stated. Organizational work was held by the ICCN focal point representatives in Gori and coordinator, in Tbilisi .

I stage Conflict Management Training Program aimed:

  • awareness rizing towards existed challenges and conflict management issues
  • develop participants knowledge and understanding of conflict management processes
  • to explore in detail major aspects and specific tools for conflict transformation
  • To exercise main skills – conflict analyzes, I-messages, etc.

Topics of the training were:

  • essence of conflict
  • conflict management step
  • conflict analyzes tools
  • conflict escalation
  • conflict de-escalation
  • subjective reality
  • types and sources of conflict
  • I-messages
  • strategies in conflict situation
  • interest based negotiations

First 3 Days training was conducted in Gori. November 19 – 21, 2009. Training was held for IDPs and returnees of the region. Participants were people of different gender, age and profession went through the conflict of August 2008, 21 persons altogether.

 

Training was conducted by ICCN trainer – Tina Asatiani.

Training participants were Gori citizens, IDPs and Returnees from the compact centers/communities and buffer villages, those who were affected during the war 2008. Trainees showed their strong will and readiness to participate in training and to use the knowledge in their everyday life. Also they were motivated and expreased their interest towards participation in ToT and spreading the knowledge in their communities.

In their feedback trainees underlined, that this training was important and useful for them.

Second 3 Days training was conducted in Gori, November 25 – 27, 2009. Training was held for IDPs and returnees from the buffer zones and villages of the Gori and Kareli region (Karaleti, Tirznisi, Eredvi etc.). Participants were people of different gender, age and profession went through the August 2008 conflict, 21 persons altogether. 19 of them were certified.

Training was conducted by ICCN trainer – Tinatin Asatiani.

Training participants were IDPs and Returnees from the compact centers/communities and buffer villages. They were people of different age, professional experience and gender.

Some of them had no experience of participation in social-psychological training. Nevertheless, they were full of energy and enthusiasm and showed their strong will and readiness to participate in training and to use the knowledge in their everyday life.

They were motivated to develop their skills and knowledge, participate in ToT and spread the knowledge in their communities.

All of them participated actively and eagerly in discussions and exercises offered. During the training sessions lots of opportunities and several difficulties were discussed.

In their feedback trainees underlined, that:

training was interesting and helpful;
issues pointed out are really appropriate for situation empowerment, their personal development and will help them to be effective trainers.

First 3 Days training was conducted in Tbilisi, December 1 – 3, 2009. Training was held for IDPs from Tskhinvali, Znauri, Kekhvi, Eredvi, Achabeti and also from Abkhazia (Gali, Gulripshi, Ochamchira) who live in tha compact center “KZAKVO”. Participants were people of different age, profession, gender, Those who were IDP from 90`s and those who went through the August 2008 conflict, 17 persons altogether. 14 of them were certified.

Training was conducted in the ICCN office, by ICCN trainer – Tinatin Asatiani.

Training participants were IDPs from the compact center. From the very beginning they seemed to be frustrated and not ready to participate in a kind of process.

Some of them had no experience of participation in training at all. Later situation improved, they started to express interest, participated actively and underlined their readiness to participate in training for trainers, to conduct training themselves and to use the knowledge in their everyday life.

Second 3 Days training was conducted in Tbilisi, December 8 – 10, 2009. Training was held for IDPs from Tskhinvali, Znauri, Kekhvi, Eredvi, Tamarasheni, Qemerti, Kekhvi, Disevi, Achabeti, Tagiloni, and also from Abkhazia (Sokhumi, Gagra, Gali, Gulripshi, Ochamchira) who live in tha compact centers in Tbilisi (Lermontov str. N 10, Abashidze str. N70, Sarajishvili str.N 1, Tamarashvili str.N9, etc.). Participants were people of different age, profession, gender, those who were IDP from 90`s and those who went through the August 2008 conflict, 31 persons altogether. 12 of them, who attended the whole training and participated actively were certified.

Training was conducted in the ICCN office, by ICCN trainer – Tinatin Asatiani.

From the very beginning they participated with interest.

Some of them had no experience of participation in such training. Those who participated actively were certified and invited to the ToT.

II Stage ToT aimed:

  • to develop participants knowledge and understanding of experiential learning process
  • to develop leadership and group management skills;
  • to exercise running the training

Topics:

  • traditional and interactive learning
  • essence of experience based education
  • methods of training
  • trainer`s portrait

Training for Trainers in Gori

ToT in Conflict Management was conducted in Gori on December 15 – 17, 2009. It was an extra event, as IDP representatives from Gori (Gori and Gori region and buffer zones), demonstrated unexpected interest and strong will and 20 persons were identified from the I stage training instead of 10. 19 of them were certified.

Agenda and Training design were created specially for theis training program. From the very beginning Participants shared their experience – what happened, how they used the knowledge and skills in the period after the I stage trining. “I decieded to use “avoidance” strategy and not to make an aliance in situation when it was not my conflict”, “I used “I-messages” to get better understanding in relationships with the person and it worked!”, “I stoped and tried not to escalate . . .”, “I try not to use stereotipes any more” – those are sitates from the feedback of our ToT group after the first training.

Participants expressed great interest and worked hard during the trainers` training. First thaining day was about the main principles of experiential learning process, methods and trainers traits and competencies. Second and third days were dedicated to the practice of participants. At the end of the training groups were established and places were identified for the further one day trainings in different villages. Those 6 trainings are planed and will be conducted by the newly created teams of trainers in February.

Monitoring in Gori

Monitoring in Gori and the villages of Gori region was held on February 25-27, 2010. Trainers were the people who went through the ICCN Conflict Resolution Training and ToT conducted within the EED project.

Monitoring was run by Tinatin Asatiani – coordinator and trainer, Maia Katsitadze – Manager of Administrative and Financial Department.

Six trainings were held in the regional focal point office and villages – Qvatakhevi, Karaleti and Qveshe. The last one is the buffer zone, bordering occupied territory of Georgia.

There were two 1 an hour sessions with a break inbetween them.

Several topics were covered by the junior trainers:

  • essence of conflict
  • escalation and de-escalation
  • types and sources of conflict
  • strategies in conflict situation
  • I-messages
  • Trainings were interactive. There were exercises, small group work and group discussions introduced and run by the junior trainers.
  • Participants were pupils, teachers and other community members from the Gori and villages, more then 60 persons altogether.

Monitoring in Tbilisi

Monitoring in Tbilisi was held in the former KZAKVO compact center. Trainers were Eka Injgia and Nino Akhalaia. Main topics were: Essence of Conflict, Conflict Management Steps, I-messages, Conflict Escalation etc.

Participants were community young representatives who were involved actively and eagerly. Trainers decided to organize more training for them.

Training for Young Leaders, January - March, 2010

Preparatory work on the IDP Young Leaders` training in Communication and Conflict Resolution (I stage) and Leadership and Team Work (Advanced stage) was done during the January - February 2010.

Trainings were organized and conducted in Gori, buffer zones and Tbilisi.

Design, handouts and materials were created for the I Stage (3 days) and II Advanced Stage (3 days) trainings exclusively. In Tbilisi trainings were held at the ICCN office. In Gori trainings were organized by ICCN focal points representatives at their office.

I Stage, Communication and Conflict Management Training Program aimed:

  • rizeing awareness towards importance and interdependence of the effective communication and conflict management processes;
  • developing participants knowledge and understanding of conflict management issue;
  • exesizing participants` communication and conflict management skills.

Topics of the training were:

  • essence of conflict
  • conflict management steps
  • conflict analyzes tools
  • conflict escalation de-escalation
  • subjective reality
  • I-messages
  • listening
  • strategies in conflict situation
  • interest based negotiations
  • one-way and two-way communication
  • effective communication
  • non-verbal communication, etc.

II Stage Training in Leadership and Team Work aimed:

  • to develop young leaders` understanding on leadership and team work;
  • to train young IDP leaders` skills
  • to empower young IDP leaders for better understanding and dealing with existed challenges

Topics of the training were:

  • a group and a leader
  • main traits of leader
  • situational leadership
  • joint problem solving process
  • decision making in group
  • a team and a group
  • team building steps
  • creativity and cooperation in group work etc.

First stage (3 days) training and Advanced (3days) Training were conducted in

Tbilisi, March 2 – 4 and March 9-11, 2010. Training was held for IDP youth from conflict regions of Gori and villages also from Abkhazia and Kodori gourge, those who live in Tbilisi. Also there were the IDP representatives from the 90`s, 19 persons altogether. All of them participated actively and were certified.

In Gori First 3 Days training was conducted on March 16 – 18, 2010. Participants were young people from Gori and from the compact centers/communities and villages of buffer zones, 21 persons altogether.

Advanced Training in Gori was run on March 23-25, 2010. Trainees expresed great interest and high motivation. They tried their best to get deep understanding of the issues offered. At the end of the training they underlined that trainings are useful and they are ready to join us in any other training, any other event.

Trainings were conducted by ICCN trainers – Tina Asatiani and Manana Kandelaki.

They prepared the special program and offered theoretical presentations as well as different interactive exercises (games, small group work and discussions).

In their feedback trainees underlined, that:

  1. training was very interesting;
  2. they enjoyed it as an educational process and at the same time relaxed, got fun.
  3. they developed not only their knowledge and skills but also their relationships.

They underlined that they’d like to continue cooperation and participate in trainings or any other events organized by ICCN in the future.