The Bridgeway Group is partnering with EXPLO to support EXPLO Elevate. EXPLO Elevate is a new division of EXPLO, focused on creating and sustaining a network of schools interested in designing, building, and continuously improving the learning environments necessary for students to thrive now and in the future. Last year, the Bridgeway Group helped to facilitate the launch event for EXPLO Elevate and co-produced a case study on how our negotiation and conflict resolution skills can be effectively used in the school environment. This year, we are working with EXPLO to offer negotiation, communication, and conflict management skills training to schools who are part of EXPLO Elevate’s new network.
Salaam Fellowship for Conflict Resolution - Morocco
In partnership with the Open Hands Initiative, The Bridgeway Group designed and conducted a conflict resolution and negotiation program in Morocco. The “Salaam Fellowship for Conflict Resolution” brought together globally-focused young people from the U.S. and Morocco to increase mutual respect and understanding between our countries. The intense, 10-day training and cultural exchange program equipped participants with critical competencies in conflict resolution and negotiation at both the interpersonal and intergroup levels, taking care to examine the cultural implications involved. Through open dialogue, interactive workshops, and real-world application of the material, the participants developed a solid foundation in conflict management through a cross-cultural and international lens.
As part of the Fellowship, participants developed a set of written products for the High Atlas Foundation, outlining negotiation strategies that could be used to enhance the impact of two of HAF’s innovative development projects. The report, Negotiation in Practice: Fieldwork with Agricultural Cooperatives in Rural Morocco is available here.
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 Gira 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.
United Nations Association of Greater Boston
Since 2016, the Bridgeway Group has partnered with the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) to enhance their Model United Nations (MUN) summer camp curriculum with negotiation skill building activities. Bridgeway Group trainers design and facilitate short lessons in negotiation and conflict management skills, that can be integrated into both the middle and high school MUN curricula. Since 2017, The Bridgeway Group has co-designed and co-led the week-long Advanced Negotiation and Chair Training with UNAGB. This advanced training brings together older students who are passionate about global issues and aspire to be in leadership roles that demand advanced communication skills. Students in both activities respond enthusiastically to the lessons, explaining that negotiation and conflict management skills have relevance to both their academic and personal lives.
The Bridgeway Group and UNAGB are also developing a broader negotiation training program that could be delivered through all curricular and extra-curricular Model UN activities in the schools in which UNAGB operates. This program would include professional development for teachers and open source online resources.