Certificate Course in Social Engagement for Peace Building and Reconciliation

Duration :

6th January, 2018 – 10th March, 2018 (only on Saturdays with two week days used for field exposures)

9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Resource Persons :

  • Rev. Dr. Oswald B. Firth OMI
  • Mr. Rukshan Fernando (Course In-Charge)
  • Mr. P. N. Singham
  • Ms. Malisha de Silva

Pre-requisites :

  • G.C.E. (A/L) cum sufficient use of English
  1. Discuss root causes of conflict and war in Sri Lanka, as well as its consequences, including burning issues affecting people, such as land, livelihood and economic justice, gender, disappearances, political prisoners, etc.
  2. Who is engaged and not engaged.
  3. Transitional justice discourse, its relevance and challenges in present Sri Lankan context.

By the end of this course the participants will be able to

  • understand the causes and consequences of war and conflict in Sri Lanka, and practical issues relevant for peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • understand the approaches of peacebuilding and reconciliation through the theoretical framework of Transitional Justice, critique its relevance to Sri Lanka and identify challenges, including the proposals and initiatives of the government.
  • recognize the importance of documentation and gain basic skills in documentation.
  • identify the different actors in society involved and influencing peacebuilding and reconciliation and the different ways they are engaged in.
  • critique their role (and non-roles) in peacebuilding and reconciliation – the past and / or present.

Talks, power point presentations, plenary discussions, group discussions, case studies, study of key documents, films, songs, games, meetings with invited guests, field visits to observe and participate in selected social engagements followed by reflections.

Oral presentations, written assignments and participation in practical activities (Will be structured to assess progress on the topic in relation to five core values of the institution: learning, articulating, communicating, engaging and serving).

  • Paulo, Freire. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. Myra Ramos. NY: Herder and Herder, 1972.
  • Rinku, Sen. Stir it Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy. Edt. Kim Klein. CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
  • Si, Kahn. Creative Community Organizing.CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2010.
  • Carlos, H. Abesamis. A Third Look at Jesus: A Guidebook along a Road Least Travelled. IN: Claretian, 1999.


My articles on role of civil society in Sri Lanka and overseas