'Phaphama' is a Zulu word that means 'Awaken yourself'
The heart:
The Two Figures:
The ‘Nuclear Symbol’:
The Circle:
The Exclamation Mark:

Building relationships based on respect, trust and collaboration

Who will benefit by attending:
Students and lecturers at tertiary educational institutions seeking to build the institution into a centre of excellence.

It is our understanding and experience that an institution’s ability to optimally fulfil its learning and teaching mission is fundamentally linked to the dynamics of its human relationships.

The workplace environment of universities often places great emphasis on academic and professional achievement, while neglecting the importance of nurturing and developing people-relationships within these institutions. This impacts negatively on people’s willingness to contribute of their best whilst striving towards self-actualisation. Often this can result in highly stressful workplaces that are challenged by conflictual interpersonal relationships, destructive competitiveness and a lack of trust and respect. These issues form barriers that prevent people from working together effectively.

Phaphama Initiatives’ workshops, based on the Alternatives to Violence (AVP) methodology, address these issues through a practical and experiential methodology that does not rely on lecturing and note-taking, and is great fun.

This experience of creating meaningful relationships with colleagues and peers during the training is very powerful. Participants are provided with a “safe space” in which to work together as a healthy community and positively address the often sensitive issues of their interpersonal challenges and stresses.

A Basic Conflict Transformation workshop covers the following broad areas:

1. Affirmation
2. Communication
3. Co-operation and team building
4. Conflict transformation

Advanced and Training for Facilitators workshops are also available.

Outcomes will include:
• Improving participants’ understanding of the interrelationship between communication, team work, conflict resolution, stress, and leadership.
• Raising awareness and understanding of the impact of improved communication in the workplace, to enhance participants’ ability to resolve their own conflicts as they arise, thus preventing conflicts from becoming destructive.
• Building relationships based on respect, trust and collaboration.
• Developing participants’ skills in effective communication.
• Developing participants’ skills in effective leadership.
• Building positive team-enhancing practices which contribute to interpersonal co-operation and supportive working relationships.
• Improving participants’ levels of enthusiasm, motivation and productivity.
• Identifying organisationally entrenched practices that may be perceived as supporting negative practices and behaviours.
• Exploring the process of change and development in individuals and groups and its effect on relationships.

Leadership team:
Carefully balanced teams of 3 or 4 facilitators with appropriate experience.

16 hours on two consecutive days.

Please contact us for a quote or assistance in joint fundraising.


Client quotes:

“I will encourage others to attend this workshop because the more people learn about peace, the more peaceful the society would be”.

“Sometimes people do violence because they do not know how to express themselves; here is the right place to learn”.

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