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Nigeria 2017


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Nigeria 2017


The 2017 program has concluded.

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our mission

Satyagraha Institute works to promote the understanding and practice of satyagraha as a method for social change.

 

Dates: 21 - 26 May 2017


This Institute will be held in a guest house at the University of Lagos with approximately 35 participants.

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Dates: 21 - 26 May 2017


This Institute will be held in a guest house at the University of Lagos with approximately 35 participants.

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curriculum

 
  • Overview of non-violence resistance (Definitions and methods)
  • Gandhi non-violence philosophies (this will cover biographies and various other Gandhi's teachings)

  • Understanding Africa ethnic, cultural and religious diversity (and promoting unity in diversity)

  • Non-violence resistance in Africa (some case studies)

  • The inner life and spiritual grounding

  • Human rights

  • Negotiation skills

  • Peace building and conflict resolution
  • The arts and non-violent resistance

  • How to be an effective organiser

  • The social worker

  • The media and non-violent resistance

  • Effective communication skills

 
 

faculty

 

Betty Abah

Betty Abah, 42, is a Nigerian writer, women and child’s rights activist, and Executive Director of CEE-HOPE, a child/girls’ rights and development ngo, working at-risk children and girls in urban slums and impoverished communities across Nigeria. A graduate of the University of Calabar (BA) and the University of Lagos (MA), Abah, previously practised as a journalist both in Nigeria and the USA, worked with the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ngo) where she coordinated programs on women’s environmental and socio-economic rights across the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the African sub-region before starting CEE-HOPE three years ago. She has been involved in several human rights cases especially involving abused and marginalised women and children. Abah has authored five books including the award-wining Go Tell Our King (poetry) and Mother of Multitudes (biography). She is also a regular guest on several radio and TV stations, speaking on the rights of minors especially women and children, youths and on national issues. She also writes frequently in the media on related issues. She is an alumnus of the first edition of the Satyagraha Institute’s training (2015); pioneer class of the Artists as Peace Builders Training of the Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2013) among others.


Christopher Ehidiamen - Coordinator

Christopher Ose Ehidiamen, a participant at the 2016 Satyagraha institute in South Dakota, U.S.A, is an inspirational teacher and a life coach.  He also consults as a workforce trainer on staff performance improvement and intra-personal and inter-personal leadership. He organises City-shakers conference, a leadership development boot camp which holds annually in Lagos,  Nigeria. He studied chemical Engineering at the University of Benin,  Nigeria. 

 

Fernando H. Ferrara

Fernando founded Mesa de Paz, a network of 16 NGO’s in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, working to create a more peaceful culture through nonviolent social change. This organisation now has a youth activist network working on a variety of projects, such as: Nacidos para Triunfar (working with 22 gangs to bring them into nonviolence and social commitments); Cruzada Cabal (150 volunteers educating youth to bring them out of alcohol and drug dependence); Arte Urbano (supporting urban art, performing art, music and painting in high risk communities); and Despierta (a peace newsletter for youth). Fernando has worked as General Manager of Industrias Ferrara, Manager of Fabrica de Papel Monterrey and Empaques de Carton Hercules, Manager of Artes Graficas Integradas, CEO of Grupo CHRISTUS Muguerza, and CEO of Hexagonos Mexicanos. Fernando traveled to India to study the philosophy of Gandhi at the Institute of Gandhian Studies for a year in the city of Wardha (Servagram) Mahajarashtra. That same year (1994) he was named a lifetime member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation in Cochin, Kerala, India.


M.P. Mathai

Mathai is a Professor at Gujarat Vidyapith, the university founded by Gandhi in Ahmedabad, India. He is former Dean of Gandhi Research Foundation and former Professor and Director at the School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, M.G. University, Kerala, India. He is author of Gandhi’s Worldview and an editor of Gandhi Marg. Mathai is a well-known speaker in the East and the West, and he recently spoke at the signing of a peace pledge between some 400 members of rival gangs in Monterrey, Mexico.

 

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