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

Conflict, if handled constructively, can be an opportunity for growth

Who will benefit by attending:
Youth groups seeking to grow in the human awareness and skills that will enable them to find their place as active contributors to and beneficiaries of South Africa’s growing democracy.

It is our understanding and experience that a youth group’s ability to develop itself is fundamentally linked to the dynamics of human relationships in the group.

Young people working together towards a specific aim often need support in deepening the skills of participatory democracy and authentic leadership. The ability to trust, respect and cooperate with one another, as well as to view conflict, if handled constructively, as an opportunity for growth, are all elements that will help youth groups fulfil their missions effectively and develop themselves as people.

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

The experience of creating meaningful relationships with group members, 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 and communal challenges and stresses, thus laying a sound foundation for the development work the group wishes to undertake.

A Basic AVP 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. These workshops provide an effective and sustainable model for the transfer of these skills to the broader community; initiated, implemented and evaluated by youth group members themselves under our long-term guidance.

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.
• Developing participants’ skills in effective communication.
• Enhancing participants’ ability to resolve their own conflicts as they arise, thus preventing conflicts from becoming destructive or violent.
• Building relationships based on respect, trust and collaboration.
• Identifying entrenched group practices that may be perceived as destructive.
• Exploring the process of change and development in individuals and groups and its effect on their ability to work collaboratively.

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

16 hours on two consecutive days

Please contact us to discuss our range of payment options, including the possibility of joint fundraising.


Client quotes:

“I learnt how to solve conflicts without fighting and how to listen to people and respect everybody”.

“Now I can communicate better with my friends.”

“I learned a lot about violence, which I did not think was called violence.”

“I learned to think before reacting.”

Training Youth Groups Conflict Tr. 1