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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.

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Learning Sessions

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.

Expanding Resources

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.

Contact us

Mennonite Central Committee
4/10 Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur,
Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh

Cell: +88 0171 8111 473
Phone: +88 0291 14366


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  1. mcc payra Post author

    Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Training

    We are delighted to announce that PAYRA will be offering peace-building and conflict transformation trainings in Bangladesh starting in August.
    These trainings are a unique opportunity to gain new resources and skills for peace building in Bangladesh. You will gain tools for understanding the conflicts that we face in all areas of our lives. Additionally, you will learn practical steps to manage conflict constructively and nonviolently.
    In the past two years a number of organizations’ staff have participated in PAYRA’s learning session and expressed how helpful the learnings have been for their work.
    By gaining confidence to manage conflict constructively we can discover new opportunities for ourselves. We can save ourselves time, money and frustration. And we can help create a more secure and peaceful Bangladesh.
    If you interested in joining a training or have any questions for us, please let us know by July 20, 2016.


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