Six experts volunteered to fly from the USA, Canada, UK and Switzerland to hold a 5-day training in ADR for 34 young leaders from Kwale. Aramesh provided accommodation, facilities and food at no cost for this workshop, which was hosted by a young community-based organization called Organization for Creative Leadership (OFCL). Base Titanium kindly provided funding to complement the nominal fees charged to the participants.
This was the first event held at Aramesh, assembling a world-renowned faculty and combining that with daily stretching (yoga) before the intense training session, and relaxation (breathing meditation) afterwards. Both were well-attended and well-received complements to the training that used role-playing and scenario-setting to provide realistic examples of various elements of mediation. The participants were mostly from Kwale, and mostly female. Some were from Nairobi, and two from South Africa. After the training, the leadership of the Organization for Creative Leadership proposed ways they would implement their skills, to which the teachers gave their advice. One of the participants was a village chairman, a key figure in rural areas, where disputes are often first heard.
- Dr Mohamed M Keshavjee – Project lead (Citizenship: Canada)
Mohamed Keshavjee LLB. LLM, PHD (London University) lawyer, author, mediator,
trained mediators in over 25 countries of the world. For his global endeavors in this
field Dr Keshavjee was awarded the Gandhi King, Ikeda Peace Award for 2016-for peace
and human rights education. This is the highest civilian Peace Award in the USA
- Mr Richard Harding – Curriculum Lead-head trainer
Richard Harding BA, JD, RFM Barrister and Solicitor (retired) Mediator and Conflict
Resolution trainer with over 30 years of experience. Recipient of the John Haynes Memorial Award for contribution to the development of Family Mediation.
- Dr Gwyneth Meyers – education and systems consultant
Gwyneth Meyers BSC. MSC, PhD is a Clinical Practice Coordinator with the Alberta Health
Services involved in Program Development, Coaching and Mentoring with a focus on
teaching and learning environments.
- Mr Abdul Rehman Virani- intercultural specialist with expertise on business
Abdul Rehman Virani BA (business), Certified in Dispute Resolution (Family and Commercial
Mediation by CEDR (UK). Certified Mediator by the state of Georgia. Certified as Master
Trainer by International Peace federation USA. Conducted field training with Mohamed
Keshavjee in over 25 countries. Ambassador of Peace Award from the All American Clergy
Council, Atlanta Georgia.
- Ms Cilgia Caratsch- advisor on family disputes
Cigia Caratsch is a Swiss Mediator and member of the Certification Commission for
Mediation Training and Project Coordination for the International Social Service of Geneva
(2010-2018) that advises on mediation to over 125 countries of the world. She has worked with mediators in all 6 continents of the world.
She also drafted the Handbook for Mediators that is used in many countries of the world
- Ms Mahek Virani- Intern and Logistical Coordinator
Mahek Virani has undergraduate degrees from the USA in Religious studies, Business
management. Legal studies and Entrepreneurship and is presently a masters level student
of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities at The Institute of Ismaili
Studies in London.. She has experience in in International Business, Project Management,
Sales and Hospitality.
- The setting, while rudimentary and with a lot of teething problems such as flooding during heavy rain, was very popular, and some students wished to return for further activities.
- Follow-up with non-resident teachers and a partner organization cannot be deep or consistent. The WhatsApp group, however, was a valuable forum.
- The yoga and meditation, while very popular, were not deeply integrated with the training. This was most likely because the ADR teachers had planned their curriculum well before their arrival, and saw these activities as a useful add-on.