In March 2018, Asfar’s young people and youth workers traveled to Berlin as part of the reconciliation training programme :Erasmus+ Betzavta!
Delivered in Berlin, Germany between 10th to 16th March 2018, Asfar’s representatives spent 6 days learning how to mobilise the Betzavta method for conflict resolution as a reconciliation tool.
Betzavta in March 2018 was the second activity in this unique community level peace-building programme.
What is Betzavta? Betzavta is a Hebrew word which means “together”. The title of this method for learning about democracy, which was developed by the Adam Institute in Israel, makes up the programme and philosophical background at the same time. Betzavta questions the traditional and unsatisfactory paths of conventional conflict resolution with surprising seminar units and presents in its place the concept of creative conflict resolution. With the help of a special conflict dilemma method, it achieves the essential conditions for tolerant social interaction: the willingness to mutually recognize the right to personal freedom and other peoples’ needs. On this basis, the four steps of democratic decision-making provide the conflicting parties with a valuable tool for dealing with conflicts in a novel way. Betzavta is an internationally renowned democracy education programme used in schools and non-school educational institutions.