Level II Nonviolence training in South Africa

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Level II Nonviolence training in South Africa

 With FEHN the operative word is “thorough” which is reflective of the second phase of their Nonviolence training in South Africa. FEHN's Nonviolence training programme comes in two phases; Level I and Level II. While the Level I programme is a 5-day intensive programme that centres on the transformation of the person, the Level II programme is a continuation of the transformation process but with more of a curriculum that dwells on making the participants agents of change for the transformation of their communities on return to Nigeria. 

We therefore take them after the Level I training programme in Nigeria in batches of not less than 70 youths at a time. The programme takes place at the King-Luthuli Transformation Centre (KLTC) Johannesburg, South Africa under the tutelage of Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. To date, FEHN has taken over 450 youths sponsored by the NDDC to South Africa for Level II training programme. This was basically aimed at creating exposure and understanding the various facets of change encountered in the South African struggle towards freedom. The apartheid museum was one of the first locations visited and the participants were able to watch documentaries that reflect various perceptions and levels of involvement. The activism of heroes like Nelson Mandela in the wake of the struggle received understanding and participants learnt of several incidents and results generated. 

 

During the Level II training in South Africa several course modules were taught by the facilitators from the University of Rhode Island. Amongst the modules was “Final Respect” aimed at buttressing similarities in cultures, acknowledging the differences and accommodating each others' beliefs with respect. Participants wrote two qualifying examinations as well as a practical. For the practicals, they had to teach the philosophy to high school students and were evaluated based on their performance. The high schools used were Bupasenatla and Dwetdale respectively in Soweto. Another fundamental aspect of the training is the ‘Social Action Survey’ which participants conducted in a Presbyterian church in Soweto. This survey creates proper enlightenment on understanding how to know what issues need attention and mobilizing the community. Several interviews were conducted thereby creating an opportunity for social interaction.

At all graduations, several dignitaries both within and outside South Africa came to identify with FEHN’s noble path. Amongst the dignitaries present was Chief Tuala of the South African foreign affairs department. Representing the Nigerian ambassador to South Africa, General Buba Maruwa was Mr. Kalu Ukwa. 

 

  

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