The Applied Conflict Transformation course brings together practitioners from across the continent to share experiences and deepen their understanding of conflict transformation. The course is offered twice every year. The workshop approach to learning uses a fine balance of pedagogical methods that includes analysis from specialist resource people, inputs on critical conflict issues facing the continent, conceptual frameworks, detailed case studies and creative participatory exercises.

Specifically the course aims to:

  • Use a conflict transformation approach to facilitate learning processes with individuals, organisations and communities across the African continent;
  • Introduce tools and skills for analysing conflicts that can assist in identifying intervention strategies to reduce and prevent violence;
  • Use a conflict transformation approach to provide an interconnected dynamic systems lens that informs how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us and how we see the world itself;
  • Demonstrate the value of long-term processes that connect the past to the future by emphasising how analysis can be used to strategise effective approaches to engaging with conflict in the present;
  • Use a conflict transformation approach to analyse the interconnected dynamics of conflict systems;
  • Design spaces that deliberately cultivate a peoples culture of humanity reflective of the values, attitudes and relationships inspired by our shared vision of the future;
  • Expose participants to academic lectures, bringing in specialist resource people and historical tours that facilitate debate, discussions and a deeper analysis on issues using South Africa and its connections to the world as a case-study;
  • Promote a deeper look at land, natural resources, poverty and inequality as drivers of conflict;
  • Nurture a critical self-reflective sense of individual growth connected to a transformative agenda focused on empowered relationships between people and the empowering institutions that collectively enable a culture of people-to-people solidarity;
  • Share ideas that cultivate the notion that one cannot inspire others by trying to be inspiring;
  • inspiring others comes from being your very own inspiring self. Conflict transformation starts with the self;
  • Develop a vision for Africa that reflects African values and capacities for peace.

Using examples from across the continent, the course has been designed specifically for people who want to focus on conflict in Africa and connect this focus to the global context. Most of our courses also include participants from contexts outside of Africa, who are able to adapt the learnings, and add their contributions to perspectives that assist in making the lessons from the course globally relevant.

The course includes a set of analytical skills and strategies for analysing and engaging with conflict, as well as a focus on insights derived from new forms of resistance and change and their implications for Africa and beyond. The workshop includes field visits to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill with specialist resource people coming in to give presentations on relevant issues designed in response to the expressed needs of participants during the application and selection process.

Participants should bring to the course case studies and examples of conflict transformation from their own experience and research. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on the need for individuals and organisations to form learning networks, and coalitions and alliances with others working in similar fields. Another important element focuses on the self, encouraging personal reflection and development.

Please visit the Upcoming Events page on our website for more information on the next ACT course. Contact charity@asc.org.za or richard@asc.org.za for more information

We welcome anyone interested in getting involved with the Drums of Change publicati on to contact us with information on how you would like to contribute. There are several ways in which you can get involved with Drums of Change:

  • Become an article contributor/writer
  • Submit poems, short stories, photographs, artworks or other creative contributions
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  • Become a Drums of Change Partner

To be an article or creative expressions contributor, all you have to do is contact us with information about what your area of interest is; what you would like to write about, or whether you are an artist/poet/photographer etc., and we will add you to our contributor database, and contact you whenever we are producing issues relevant to your area of interest.

You can also become a Drums of Change registered distributor. When we have printed editions of Drums, we will send you free copies to distribute to your network of contacts and at events. You do not have to be in South Africa to qualify for this role, as we will be seeking to distribute the copies as widely as possible across the world.

Finally, you can become a Drums of Change partner. In this capacity we will play a collaborative role in sourcing quality articles and content. This may be of interest to universities, research institutions, media houses and writing associations of any kind. The benefits will include article sharing, a free platform for activists, authors and artists to have a voice, and a world-wide distribution plan to ensure their voices are heard far and wide.

For more information on any of these options, please contact jennifer@asc.org.za or esteri@asc.org.za

We invite those who are long term ASC supporters, or who would like to support the work of the ASC to apply for ASC membership. By becoming a member you will become an acti ve contributor to the work of the ASC, and receive the following benefits:

  • Receive ASC’s monthly newsletter
  • Receive hard copies of ASC’s Quarterly Drums of Change publication and articles
  • Notification of events, activities and opportunities
  • Participate in ASC activities
  • Get discounts on ASC’s trainings and where possible resource support
  • Invitations and support to attend the AGM
  • Opportunity to share views, insights and opinions
  • Access to informati on discussions and sharing
  • Contribute to and influence the strategic direction of ACTION in Africa
  • ASC membership card
  • Contribute articles and ideas to the ASC website and publications
  • Opportunity to be part of the ACTION Support Team!

For more information or to request a memberhsip form, please email charity@asc.org.za

The Support Team is a network of individuals committed to conflict transformation. Workshops are regularly organised for the Support Team, who are also directly involved in the programmes and events of the ASC.

For more information contact pretty@asc.org.za