is that of ‘the society knowing about principles of peaceful living and nonviolent ways of dealing with conflicts, and applying those principles in its daily life.’
(1) Providing the knowledge about peaceful living: Misriyati create spaces where the knowledge (ideas, experiences, skills… ) of peaceful living can be explored, shared and created together.
(2) Providing Peace Services: Misriyati encourages actions that are congruent with peace values. To support such action, Misriyati provides peace services that make it easier for individuals or groups to opt for the peaceful option on the ground. Peace services include mediation services, facilitation of dialogues and consensus processes, as well as providing any support needed to strengthen peace action. The long term outcome is creating success stories of peaceful living.
(3) Cultivating a peace living community: The peace living community refers both to people - i.e. network of individuals sharing the same values and ideals – and spaces, physical or virtual, where people agree to uphold peace living values.
1. Respecting Differences:
We bring out the respect deep within each of us for each other, for creatures and things around us. We appreciate different states of minds, souls and beings.
2. Demonstrating Integrity:
We practice what we preach and conduct ourselves according to our beliefs.
3. Striving for Peace:
We believe that Peace is a holistic state and way of living and that nonviolence is the optimum way of reaching solutions and transcending conflicts.
We encourage each other’s to be free thinkers and free actors in the program and the society.
5. Pro-activity & Hope:
We seek better ways of living and refuse to accept the status quo or deteriorating state of humanity. We have hope that we can recreate and relive beauty and love in places we live in, for our lives and for our future generations.
6. Having Fun:
We enjoy participating in the program. We create a happy and dynamic environment for the interaction between individuals participating in all program phases.
Our Methodology and approach
The methodology used by Misriyati in its workshops is commonly referred to by “non-formal education” methodology, or within some circles the “methodology of peace education”, and it is characterized by:
- The relevance of the content to the lives of the participants and their experiences;
- Activities are diverse, interactive and strongly based on participants’ experience, whether simulated on site or borrowed from real life events;
- The knowledge is built – rather than transmitted - through the awareness, sharing and evaluation of the participants’ experiences and their exposure to new or different ones;
- Emphasis is put on the process of learning together and through each other in a climate of openness and respect;
- Individual differences in learning, experiences, opinions and values are acknowledged and respected;
- The Misriyati facilitators’ main role is to build the group, to maintain a conducive atmosphere, and to facilitate the learning process.