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Bougainville peacebuilder receives scholarships

By November 30, 2016 No Comments

PaCSIA is thrilled to announce that Francis Nazia, Bougainville peacebuilder and member of Bougainville Indigenous Dialogue, is the recipient of two scholarships which will enable him to attend intensive peacebuilding training at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute’s Annual Peacebuilding Training in 2017.

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is an Asian training institute grounded in the Mindanao, Philippines, context that provides a space for people of diverse backgrounds to gather together, share and learn in a safe environment where all viewpoints are encouraged and respected. MPI is a resource for peacebuilders: providing skills, conducting research and building solidarity within the Asia-Pacific Region. The next Annual Training will be from May 8-26, 2017 in Davao City, Philippines.

This study opportunity is made possible through MPI and the United Methodist Church (UMC) which is sponsoring the scholarship. Mr. Nazia was selected by MPI through its application and review process.

Recognising some of the challenges facing peacebuilders in Bougainville to participate in additional educational opportunities, PaCSIA created the Bougainville Peacebuilders Travel Scholarship to help support travel and additional costs. The initial Bougainville Peacebuilders Travel Scholarship has been made possible through the generous donations of community members including the valued support of Mr. Richard Carr and the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium.

Mr. Nazia was a key member of the Panguna Dialogue Project. He started in the project as a member of the local facilitator group and has actively supported and conducted project activities in his constituency area of Ioro 2. Because of his excellent work with the PDP project Mr Nazia was elected to be one of the lead facilitators by the members of his team. He is also a lead member of the Bougainville-based NGO Bougainville Indigenous Dialogue which will be working with the Department of Referendum, Veterans’ Affairs and Peace to support community dialogues before, during and after the process of Bougainville’s referendum on independence.

We wish Mr Nazia all the best for his travels to Davao and his participation in the MPI training.