Peace Counts on Tour in Armenia


The Armenian participants were amazed. A Georgian and an Abkhaz jointly facilitating a Peace Counts training? Contact between Georgians and Abkhaz is usually rare in the conflict prone South Caucasus. The training-of-trainers that took place from 5th to 7th June 2015 at the organisation "Peace Dialogue" in the Armenian city of Vanadzor, under the supervision of both Dagmar Nolden and Andrea Zemskove-Züge from Berghof-Foundation, demonstrated the opposite. Such cross border teams could be a model for civil society work in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the attendees thought. NGO staff members, social workers and a psychologist came to the training from various parts of Armenia. Based on the international Peace Counts poster exhibition on peacebuilders, the group discussed typical conflict dynamics, developed their visions of peace and organised a "Peace Counts storytelling competition".

Still on the spot, and with fresh motivation and their heads full of new ideas, the participants organised an exhibition venue in Vanadzor, where the Peace Counts exhibition will be open to the public. In August trilateral teams will travel to Nagorno-Karabakh to conduct their own Peace Counts workshops. The Armenian NGO "Peace Dialogue" as a new partner organisation of the Berghof Foundation coordinates the local activities.