Iryna Eihelson

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Affiliated Organizations
  • Eastern European Network of GPPAC
  • Dialogue Facilitator

What are contexts and issues that you work on? How are you using peace education to address these issues? What keeps you going?

I educate adults with various aspects of peace building in identity-based conflicts. This work includes ethnic minorities and cultural sensitivity; conflicts of various ethnic and linguistic groups; the new division in the East of Ukraine and the consequences of war; the reform of decentralization and dialogue and conflict prevention in amalgamated communities; and in general enhancing social cohesion in Ukraine through educational means. I'm a trainer for journalists, teachers, police, local and central authorities, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and activists, and community leaders. In training and dialogue work, I touch upon the topics of re-humanization and diversity, memory of conflicts and conflicts of memory, moral dilemmas in conflict, media in conflict and peace building. In addition, I conduct conflict analysis and other related research. An understanding that this is a kind of a Sisyphus's work helps me go through the moments of uncertainty and disbelief in myself.

What has been your most meaningful or noteworthy moment in your peace education career?

One of the most heartwarming moments is when an adult person (teacher or journalist, a minority representative or community leader) tells you: "But where have you been all these years! I was waiting for you (for this course, for this training) for so long!"