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Help Adnan Bring Peace to Mosul

by Creative Learning Inc.
Help Adnan Bring Peace to Mosul

Dear all,                                          

Nothing is more rewarding and encouraging than being surrounded by wonderful people, especially under challenging circumstances. I wanted to thank everyone for the great support and care I have received from you to attend the Sarajevo Symposium. I am so grateful for the great amount of love, cooperation, flexibility, and generosity that everyone showed to make this event a reality for me. I cannot emphasize enough how important and useful the Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transition was for me, particularly when my city of Mosul is passing through this phase now after the war is over.

With the knowledge that I gained from this event, I will be able to actively participate in a peaceful transition process in the city of Mosul mainly through education. The lectures that we had throughout the two weeks in Sarajevo were so dense in information and experiences about real-life examples on conflict resolution and transition. I was so lucky to meet and receive knowledge from prominent figures in the field of peace building and policy-making. Moreover, in each class, I could identify with and relate to the experiences shared by the speakers and the participants. Now I feel equipped with the necessary theories and practical and beneficial solutions to help support the peace process in Mosul.

I would like to express my gratitude again for all the donors and supporters who contributed to cover the costs of my participation in this event. I would also like to thank the International Peace & Security Institute at Creative Learning and the Sarajevo School for Science and Technology staff for their support and wonderful organization of this event. I look forward to helping to host a similar event in Iraq and particularly in Mosul. Thank you for yourgenerosity and giving me such a wonderful experience. I would love to reciprocate if you are ever in Iraq. Thank you!




Mosul, Iraq

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This week Adnan will receive his visa to attend the 2017 Sarajevo Symposium! Creative Learning would like to thank you for making this opportunity available to him. We are also excited to have someone with his background and experiences contribute his insights to the group this summer.

Thanks to your investment Adnan will have the opportunity to build a support network with people with similar passions and commitments to serve their communities. Adnan will be equipped through lectures from transcending experts, including: Hind Kabawat, Member of the High Negotiations Committee at the Syrian Peace Talks; Dr. Sabina Cehajic-Clancy, Associate Prof. of Political Psychology at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology; and former President of Croatia, Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipovic. IPSI staff will also be available to Adnan and the other participants to help them plan and execute long-term goals.

Through simulations, exercises and lectures, the Sarajevo Symposium will offer valuable trainings on topics such as police reform, reconciliation, the role of the private sector in transformation and UN missions, among additional skills necessary in post-conflict transitions. The Sarajevo Symposium will send Adman home with a new set of skills, confidence, networks and a tangible vision for his community in Mosul, Iraq.

While Conflict Resolution leaders can offer a framework for peacebuilding in conflict-stricken areas, we need more representatives from various professional fields and cultural backgrounds to engage in conflict transformation in their community. Your investment has allowed us to make this training accessible to locals like Adman who would not be able to participate otherwise.

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Adnan is an educator in Mosul, Iraq, who will benefit his community with your help. Through your generous donations, Adnan now has an opportunity to attend the Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions, providing him with indispensable skills in governance, peace building and community resilience. Using this practical training Adnan will be able to serve his community and contribute to a successful post-conflict transition.

The Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions offers its participants extensive training in areas such as transitional justice, security sector reforms, economic transitions, and conflict analysis. The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) team has a proven track record of transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience through a hands-on experiential learning approach. This year, IPSI is bringing premier world leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates to the inaugural Sarajevo Symposium. Through formal lectures, site visits, interactive simulations, and workshops, attendees such as Adnan will be able to gain the skills necessary to strengthen legitimate institutions and governance to provide security, justice, and development and break cycles of violence.

Former two-time President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology is partnering with us and will be present throughout the program. Former U.S. Secretary Madeleine Albright has agreed to record a video to address the students as they embark on this journey. William Stuebner, the former Chief of Staff and Deputy Head of Mission for Human Rights in the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, will introduce the former Yugoslavia to the students. From there, world-class trainers from USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, Creative Associates International, and the decionmakers from the implementation of the peace agreement willteach the class through IPSI's proven experiential learning techniques.

Our trainers will cover the most pertinent post-conflict transition topics, including Governance, Security, Economics, Justice and Reconciliation within the context of the former Yugoslavia. After addressing these areas and visiting Srebrenica and Mostar - two critical sites within the Bosnian War - the students will begin to extrapolate lessons learned and best practices to active and potential post-conflict transitions in Colombia and Syria. Their capstone group exercise will bring together everything they have learned to reimagine what the Dayton Accords could have been or may still become.

By learning directly about the realities of post-conflict transition from the field’s most accomplished academics and practitioners, Adnan will be equipped to promote a stable future for all - inside his classroom and in his community at large.

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Creative Learning Inc.

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Creative Learning Inc.
Caleb Bowers
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Caleb Bowers
Washington, DC United States

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