Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
As we reach the last weeks of the Professional Certificate Fellowship Program of the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, I find myself dealing with a lot of feelings and thoughts about this experience. I am very thankful for these 3 months, all the sharing and learning from each other, the daily routine, the field trips, etc.
I want to express my gratitude by sharing 5 reasons to apply for the program based on my own experience and lessons learned.
5. The Application Process: The application was my first great learning experience. It is an opportunity for self-reflection, to review your life story, experience, and achievements, and also to understand and affirm the interest in the peace field.
4. Live with Diversity: Having the opportunity to study, learn and make friends with people from different backgrounds and life experience encourages us to examine our own attitudes and values, which in turn helps to broaden our perspective of the world. It also helps raise our self-awareness and our awareness of others.
3. Confront Conflicts: Yes, we don’t have to be afraid of conflicts! It is a great learning to accept and practice the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and embracing and understanding conflicts are the first step. Conflicts are bound to arise as long as people meet and live together. What we need to do is to improve how we find creative solutions to conflicts, and during the program, we have good opportunities for communication, cooperation, and critical thinking. It’s important to study conflicts and understand why they occurred and what can be done to help bring a peaceful resolution.
2. Knowledge on Peace and Conflict Studies: During the program, we have access to good sources of books and references, classes, field study trips and the exchange of knowledge between great professors and amazing colleagues. It certainly broadens our views on the subject. It definitely empowers fellows to have more care, more courage, and wisdom on our future interventions.
1. Get inspired: It is an intense experience to give you strength to continue working for a more just and peaceful world. Fellows will inspire you as they share their stories and experiences, teachers will inspire with wisdom, humanity and challenging each of us to rethink about conflict resolutions and peace. And not forgetting the great staff of Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, that take care of all the details, bringing joy and peace so we can be ready to change the world.
Barbara Servulo Herthel – Brazil
Rotary Peace Fellow – Class 21