By Edward Beswick, Research Coordinator, Generations For Peace Institute

It is the final day of Advanced Training 2014 and I decided to devote the last blog post to finding out what people had gained from the experience. Starting this evening, participants will be travelling back to their communities full of fresh ideas and new knowledge. I wanted to find out what they had learnt and how it will help them to make positive changes in their communities.

Whether it’s learning about different conflict contexts, discovering the wonders of Arts For Peace or brushing up on monitoring and evaluation skills, let’s find out what the Humans of GFP have gained from the past five days.

Here is what they said:

I have learnt from other countries new techniques and new ways of overcoming challenges.

Shkrodan Aliu, Macedonia

I refreshed my knowledge of monitoring and evaluation and conflict analysis. This is very helpful because soon we will be starting a new programme.

Zhanyl Baigabylova, Kyrgyzstan

I learnt about Expressions of Change – it helps us to deal precisely with programme preparation.

Jean Paul Mana, Rwanda

Arts For Peace – this is very new for me.

Bhogendra Manandhar, Nepal

I have learnt how people from other countries have faced their challenges. This is very useful for me.

Agung Robianto, Indonesia

I improved and refreshed my facilitation skills. I gained more knowledge and more methods, which will be so useful when I return to Georgia.

Ketevani Murusidze, Georgia

I have learnt how to ask good questions!

Eric John, Nigeria

I have learnt the importance of including participants in monitoring and evaluation.

Ambrose S Chinyoka, Zimbabwe

I learnt how to have a good relationship with people from other countries.

Tharmeswaran Mahalingam, Sri Lanka

I learnt the importance of indicators and measuring as well as how to maintain an on-going programme.

Wala’ Al Jallad, Jordan

I learnt facilitation skills, which can be used in my professional work as a teacher and with GFP.

Muftawau Ladan, Ghana

From these comments it certainly appears to have been an extremely useful few days. Of course, this would not have been possible without Judy Kent. This is her sixth and final Advanced Training with Generations For Peace. So, thank you Judy for working so hard and sharing your extensive knowledge with all the participants.

I would like to finish by saying it’s been a pleasure to meet you all and thank you to everybody for answering my many questions for the blog posts over the past few days, while you tried to enjoy your coffee or cake. From now on you will be able to do this without being quizzed by a man with a notepad.

I wish you all the best of luck in putting your new knowledge and skills into practice.

Thanks again for reading!