In Badulla six training porgrammes were conducted for 235 newly appointed state officials on the request of the Badulla Divisional Secretary, who praised the skills of the master trainers and thanked NPC for providing the training.
The first part focused on basic human needs and identity, which were important concepts when learning to respect and accept other cultures. The second part explained conflict analysis and management, showing how that in order to resolve or manage a conflict, it was essential to understand the conflict. Participants analysed conflicts in their communities using the four tools of the conflict tree, conflict mapping, the conflict layer model and timeline.
The next stage of the training was to identify the pluralism process to understand the importance of living and interacting with all religions and cultures. There was a discussion on the role and responsibilities of youth in building a pluralistic and peaceful society.
There were discussions among participants that helped to bring them to a common understanding on the issues.
Among the other topics discussed were minority religious rights, overcoming prejudice, facilitating dialogue between communities, gender rights and the political will to bring about sustainable peace.