Peacebuilding Within High-Risk Communities In South Africa :async:

Earl Mentor (Mentoring PeaceBuilders South Africa), Gino Fransman (OEI_ Open Ed Influencers), Neill Wylie (TU Delft)

In this session Earl Mentor (Cape Town, SouthAfrica), Neill Wylie (Delft, Netherlands) and Gino Fransman (Gqeberha, SouthAfrica) present on their international collaboration within the Open Education for a Better World #OE4BW mentoring programme in 2021.

The fully online training course aims to help inspire aspirant peacebuilders, contributing towards empowering members of vulnerable communities. Addressing issues affecting marginalised people residing within high-risk communities in South Africa, the team seeks to support and help maintain a strong focus on developing training tools for vulnerable groups, with an OER able to be shaped across different settings. Participants in the course are hopefully inspired and empowered to create, re-use, and better share peacebuilding actions.

Peacebuilding has been defined as a set of localised and transformative actions that multiple actors undertake to contain and overcome conflict. In this regard, peacebuilding entails parallel processes of personal and relational change alongside structural transformation (Lederach, 1995).

“The impact of apartheid policies has left a legacy of unequal development across the South African landscape manifesting in regional inequalities in terms of access to education, healthcare, and basic services (such as water, sanitation, refuse removal and electricity) amongst the vast majority of those residing within previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa” (Maluleke 2019:71).

The team collaboratively created a video introducing the project during national lockdowns globally in 2021. The OEGlobal21 session content engages participants with

The video profiling the Peacebuilding Within High-Risk Communities In SA course, content, rationale for being, intention and stakeholder reflections

A short online forum in the form of a user questionnaire will explore participant feedback and suggestions to implement, aiming to support further development of the course, as well as exploring other spaces the course could be contextualised and used

Sharing the online OER, designed to facilitate both access and additional engagements.

Extended Narrative:

The Peacebuilding Online Training Course intends to inspire aspiring peacebuilders to contribute to social empowerment. This course focuses on vulnerable communities, addressing issues affecting marginalised people. In this session and course, participants include those residing within high-risk communities in South Africa. Hopefully, the online course will help promote and enable a strong focus on developing training tools for vulnerable groups. As an OER it is malleable for people in different settings. It is to inspire learners to deliver peacebuilding programs through considered action..

The Peacebuilding Online Training Course seeks to support aspiring peacebuilders to engage as change agents in their schools and communities in South Africa, empowering them with some of the tools beneficial to address the root causes of violence. Violence they may encounter at school and in communities. Learners contribute to the formulation of peacebuilding programmes, plus create campaigns that bring about sustainable and positive change.

Learning Objectives:

What is Peacebuilding

What is conflict management

Understanding Peacebuilding Strategies within High-Risk Communities in South Africa.

Apply, Learn & Develop Skills in Peacebuilding

Becoming a Peacebuilding Ambassador

Recognize The Role of the Facilitator in Peacebuilding

How to Apply Active Tolerance & Responsible Citizenship

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_63.pdf 📄

Activity Details

UNESCO OER Action Area: Building capacity
Format: Asynchronous Interactive Activity
Language: English


This activity can be completed at any time during (or after) the conference.

Instructions and materials for the activity will be added below by the authors. They will provide specific details on how to participate and what to share back as a response to the activity.


Meet @EarlMentor @wylieneill and @GinoFransman


My mentor reflection - Gino Fransman

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This is @wylieneill from Ireland, a mentor to @EarlMentor in the #PBinHRC project for #OE4BW


Tech Developer, @andrew from MandelaUni is reflective about the experience


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Peacebuilding Within High-Risk Communities In South Africa course preview.


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@GinoFransman @Andrew @wylieneill

Mentoring aspiring peacebuilders in high -risk communities in South Africa :south_africa:

Check out our asynchronous interactive activity @OEGlobal21 detailing our support of a Peacebuilding in high risk communities MOOC.

Would love to hear your feedback💡

#OEGlobal21 Gino Fransman #openeducation #OER Waterford Institute of Technology #OE4BW #tudelft

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