Communities Without Boundaries International partnered with the United States Department of State in Sri Lanka to carry out a series of nonviolence and peacebuilding training workshops in January and March 2011. Over a two-week period in January, CWBI’s team conducted trainings in Matara, Horona (Sri Pali Campus at Colombo University), Bandaragama and Padukka. We returned to Sri Lanka in March 2011, and carried out another series of workshops at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, University of Kelaniya, and Rajarata University in Anuradhapura. In 2010, CWBI staff conducted trainings in Colombo, at South Eastern University in Olluvil, Eastern University in Batticoloa, and at the University of Jaffna.
These workshops were tailored towards youth, members of grassroots and civil society, providing the audiences with inspirational information on nonviolent social movements from around the world. Our trainings are developed as an active learning process, with audience participation and engagement. The trainings which were taken to six of the eight provinces in Sri Lanka reached diverse groups including university students, faculty, university administrative staff, youth groups, religious leaders, and grassroots communities. The US State Department estimates that over ten thousand individuals received the introductory training.
In May 2011, CWBI staff, including its President, Johnny J. Mack, Maneshka Eliatamby, Vice President of Programs, Dr. Silvia Susnjic, Director of Research & Youth Without Boundaries, and Dr. Martha Mutisi will return to the island to carry out the next phase of the project. This phase includes advanced Kingian nonviolence and peacebuilding training, and dialogue for 140 youth, and will run for five days between May 26-June 1, 2011. Youth that have successfully completed the introductory training are qualified to apply for the program.