HELP INCREASE PEACE IN NIGERIA

GNPAI HIPIN (‘Help increase peace in Nigeria program’) is a dynamic, youth-oriented program which teaches the skills of conflict transformation, non-violence and approaches for making social change. HIPIN teaches more than just conflict management. It is a form of peace education. And peace education begins with each of us as individuals and moves out into issues of the nation and wider world. Peace education involves talking on values, attitudes, and behaviors that allow a person to be in harmony with self, others, and society. It embodies both the philosophy and the process (skills) of the informative efforts to create a better nation and a better world.
 
GNPAI HIPIN teaches the precepts of non-violence, respect for life and compassion in the face of those with whom we disagree. The skills taught involve anger management, listening and dialogue, solving disagreements without violence and transforming prejudice. Peace education emphasizes the principles of dialogue, cooperation, problem-solving, affirmation and effective settings of boundaries in a democratic manner.
GNPAI HIPIN was developed by Global Network For Peace And Anti Corruption Initiative , through the efforts of professional think tanks. And it’s aim is to carry out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout Nigeria, Africa and the world. Our work attracts the support and partnership of people of many tribes, races, religions, fields and cultures. HIPIN’s campaign based on the GNPAI belief is the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
 
GNPAI HIPIN is in three classifications: Peace Education, Conflict Resolution Education and Violence Prevention Programs. Individuals have the power to participate in their communities to bring about positive social change. While each GNPAI HIPIN workshop contains traditional conflict resolution educational strategy. HIPIN workshops go beyond other conflict resolution education programs in that participants are asked to look deeply at the societal and cultural roots of both conflict and violence and to intentionally seek ways to transform these, beginning with each participant. Because at GNPAI we believe in a change that begins from within. Conversation is one very important topic at the heart of peace pedagogy and HIPIN workshops. It is the task of peace educators to help instill values in our youths, students, and general public that create the conditions for individuals’ understanding one another across so much that divides us. ‘Conversation’ connotes a more thorough, interactive process than does ‘dialogue’, then we can agree that the best peace education engages us with the deepest questions of our human existence and with ourselves and with others. Conversation is related to, ‘a community of inquirers, sharing questions and insights, mutually responsible for creating the changes needed.


GNPAI HIPIN workshops engage participants in the learning of several concepts of peace building. Initial workshops emphasize communication, including dialogue and listening, developing trust, anger management, conflict resolution and problem solving. These skills are not taught as stand-alone themes, but are each reinforced throughout all of the activities. HIPIN workshops employ cooperative games, discussions, role-playing, and lively group activities to build skills and develop a sense of inclusiveness, safety and belonging.