Professor Issac Ephrem Awarded for his life time service for promoting peace




PDC conducted  a leadership training on  Sustained Dialog Campus Network (SDCN) in Jimma University 































































55 STUDENTS TRAINED IN Sustained Dialogue (SD) Moderation Skills at Jimma UNIVERSITY - Jimma, ETHIOPIA (May 24-25, 2014)

The Peace and Development Center/PDC/ explored how to improve relations among students and to create a shared community of inclusion and peace building on campus in Jimma University- Ethiopia.  Ayten Anemaw, the Executive Director of PDC and Jalale Getachew, the Peace Project Officer of PDC lead the two-day facilitation training for 55 Peace Forum members of Jimma University.

The 55 carefully selected student moderators received training in peace and conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation skills, relationship building across lines of difference, and how to build a shared agenda for change through dialogue. During the training, students were welcomed into the peace-building tradition in Ethiopia by the Jimma University Students Dean Ato Ewnetu Hailu. Nearly 2000 Jimma University students applied for the 250 spots as participants in the sustained dialogues. The trained moderators will kick-off the dialogue in the coming academic year.

The students will work closely with training co-facilitators and PDC's Peace Project Officer Jalale Getachew. PDC adapted the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) Project, which was first implemented in different United States Universities to Addis Ababa University and Haramaya University in Ethiopia. This is because of the SD model's focus on embedding a culture of dialogue and use of tools to build community awareness, which can catalyze student action. Currently, PDC is introducing SDCN project to Jimma University.

The Peace and Development Center/PDC/ is a non-governmental, non-profit making and non-partisan organization established in Addis Ababa in 1992 with the aim of promoting the culture of peace and development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. PDC's varied programs and projects include human rights education, civic education, income generation projects, gender equality education and national peace and development capacity building through a Council of Elders. The Jimma University Sustained Dialogue Campus Network project is supported by the
Life & Peace Institute, an international center for peace research and action headquartered in Sweden.