United Nations Association of Greater Boston
The Bridgeway Group partnered with United Nations of Greater Boston to expand their summer camp curriculum to include negotiation skill building activities in summer of 2017 and previously, summer of 2016. Bridgeway trainers facilitated short integrated lessons for negotiation skill introductions and consulted on materials and evaluation rubrics for the program. The skills resonated with the youth, as they found relevance of negotiation to both their academic and personal lives.
Bridgeway Group is currently seeking funding to develop a broader negotiation curriculum that could be co-created with UNAGB to be delivered to all curricular and extra-curricular Model UN activities, including professional development for teachers and open source online resources.
Fragile Island of Peace
Partnering with Spectrum Media, The Bridgeway Group is working to produce the documentary film, Fragile Island of Peace, about the peacebuilding process in Burundi. The Bridgeway Group’s Executive Director, Liz McClintock, has been engaged in Burundi for over 18 years, supporting the peace building process through training of Burundi’s political and military leaders, training local trainers, and developing conflict management curriculum for audiences ranging from high school students and demobilized soldiers.
The documentary will bring to life the story of a 10-year peacebuilding process in Burundi that united leaders from rebel militias and the National Army in working toward reconciliation. Through compelling interviews and anecdotes from those who experienced it firsthand, as well as scenes of ongoing activities that are part of the peacebuilding process, this film will shine a light on Burundians whose hearts and minds were changed as they worked to rebuild trust in a country that was torn apart by war. The film will show how these personal changes have played out nationally, through policy changes and innovative leadership.
Gira Ejo*: Increasing Youth Resilience and Social Cohesion
The Bridgeway Group is supporting the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP) and Ikibiri Coalition in the design, development, and implementation of Gira Ejo: Increasing Youth Resilience and Social Cohesion in Burundi. Funded by USAID, Gira Ejo is a three-year program targeted at youth in 4 of Bujumbura’s urban and peri-urban communes that have suffered disproportionately from Burundi’s current political crisis. The program combines capacity building in leadership, conflict management, communication, negotiation skills, and entrepreneurship with a small grants program, in which youth acquire project development skills and immediately apply those skills to the development of revenue generating projects designed to serve the specific needs of their communities. The Giro Ejo program is designed to increase the social and economic resilience of youth through their acquisition of conflict management, leadership and sustainable project development skills. As a result, youth will be more economically independent, confident, and better positioned to renounce violence.
*Gira Ejo meaning “Have a bright tomorrow,” is a Kirundi expression drawn from a traditional greeting, usually addressed to youth.