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Asia-Pacific NSOs participate in the Global Program to Spread the Culture of Dialogue

21st May 2012

The Messenger of Peace (MoP) project and the King Abdul Aziz Center For National Dialogue (KACND), in collaboration with the World Scout Foundation, launched ‘The Global Program For Training of Trainers’ for certified trainers to spread the culture of dialogue, which is taking place in Holiday Inn Izdihar Hotel in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 20th to 23rd May 2012.

Thirty-one participants representing the Asia-Pacific Region (16 participants) and Scouts of Ireland (13 participants), KISC (1 participant) and Saudi Arabia Scout Association (1) interested in dialogue issues are to benefit from the training resources and materials throughout the three-day program. These kits include mainly ‘Developing Communication Skills in Dialogue’, and ‘Your Guide to a successful Intercultural Dialogue’. The goals of the program are to enhance dialogue culture globally and to enable the participants to develop skills in dialogue and effective communication with others.

Deputy Secretary General Dr Fahd Al-Sultan received the participants at the Centre with a brief introductory meeting prior to the training. Dr Faizal Bin Muammar welcomed all the participants to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia having the opportunity to highlight a brief presentation of the center's main goals and important achievements. He mentioned the future projects of the centre, which is mainly the opening of a new office in Vienna.

The training program consists of four units and each unit has specific sessions. Main topics in the training are: Our relationships, effective listening, skills of effective speaking, and application of skills. As part of the social program, participants will explore Riyadh City and enjoy the educational tour every afternoon.

After this workshop, each participant from the Asia-Pacific Region has been asked to prepare an individual plan to propose projects at national level for MoP funding.