PAYRA is a peacebuilding initiative of Mennonite Central Committee, Bangladesh. The primary purpose of PAYRA is to contribute to creating a more peaceful society in Bangladesh by developing the peace building capacity of community organizations. PAYRA will do this by:
- Equipping key organizations with tools and skills for peace building which they will share with their community
- Making available more peace related materials in the Bengali language
Building collaboration between organizations working at field level and with academic institutions.
PAYRA’s learning sessions emerged from Bangladeshi nationals’ experience doing on the-ground development work combined with international education and learning. The 3 to 5 day “Training of Trainer” sessions develop peace building skills, attitudes and concepts that explore ways to transform personal challenges, community conflict and the overall development of Bangladesh.
All of our Adult Participatory Learning Sessions are facilitated in Bengali, with Bengali materials. They draw from the rich local wisdom and cultural traditions of the peoples in Bangladesh—including the use of drama, song, multimedia, role plays and learning activities. Learning Sessions currently include:
- Peace Foundations;
- Conflict Transformation;
- Peace Education Facilitation skills;
- Family Relationships Training;
- Creating a just society by valuing diversity;
- Trauma Awareness for the Peacebuilder.
Participating organizations will also have access to the following facilities:
- Membership in a Peace Builders network
- Use of an expanding Resource Centre carrying peace building materials in Bangla and English
- Links with faculty members from academic institutions
- When appropriate, PAYRA staff will help participating organizations to analyze their local situation and plan locally relevant interventions.
Become a Peace builder
If you belong to an organization which is implementing peace building activities, or is willing to establish a peace building component and looking to develop your staff capacity in this regard, or would just like to get more information, please contact us.
Mennonite Central Committee
4/10 Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur,
Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
Cell: +88 0171 8111 473
Phone: +88 0291 14366