Stages and main components of the training sessions

Box 1: Training Program

The program is based on in-depth work aimed at understanding and eliminating the effects of war on the collective uncon-scious of a country and protecting future generations from their on-going repercussions. It includes a study of the causes and symptoms of the individual and collective emotional programming of a people (fears, lack of self-confidence, distrust, feelings of injustice and rejection, passivity, etc.) that manifest themselves in the various areas of society, along with detailed working methods. It includes, understanding one's personality and emotions and the real needs of society thus enables all participants to take action in their respective spheres of responsibility to assist those around them in the family or workplace and to contribute with dignity, courage and determination to the building and development of their culture and their country.

Box 2: Stages in the training programs (February to May 2010)

  • How Human Beings function. Study of personality types. Working techniques for day-to-day use in all areas of society.
  • The causes and symptoms of emotional programming at the individual and community levels. The repercussions for the collective unconscious and succeeding generations (war, famine, corruption, inadequate management, injustice, passivity, etc.).
  • War and its devastating effects on the Human unconscious, on its state of mind and on the country's development.
  • Loss of loved ones and mourning, despair and pride, repression engendering rebelliousness and hatred, fanaticism and its consequences for the young.
  • Understanding, management and deprogramming of the emotional repercussions of the Congo's collective unconscious (from tribal times to colonisation and independence) and the events marking its history over several centuries.
  • The importance of work on deprogramming emotions to the following:
  1. understanding the real significance of forgiveness and coming to see that it is more constructive than hatred,
  2. handling the trauma of the past at the individual and collective levels in order to (re)discover happiness,
  3. building sustainable peace that flows from the individual and reaches out to the whole of the individual's community and country,
  4. getting the benefits of one's culture and religion while at the same time preserving personal freedom of judgement.

Box 3: The main components of the training conducted in the RDC in Kinshasa

  • Acquisition of knowledge of the self and others. Finding the right balance between one's own personal needs and one's mission to help others.
  • Study of human personality types, and of the intrinsic characteristics of those personalities and of the Human Con-science.
  • Study of the subconscious, and of the causes and consequences of emotional programming (suffering, fear, anger, passivity, rejection, hatred, indifference, etc.), at the individual and collective levels.
  • Knowledge of solutions and remedies based on working techniques put into practice at the individual, family, community, professional, institutional, and other levels.
  • Study and understanding of the collective unconscious (in Africa and DRC in particular) and the consequences (the ongoing repercussions) for the state of mind and actions of a people and for the development of a country and its government.
  • Gaining awareness of Human responsibility at every level in society and learning to avoid a confusion of responsibility with culpability.
  • Assisting individuals (adults, families, young people and children) and society thanks to participants’ emotional neu-trality and the lucidity they will have acquired (learning to handle one's emotions).
  • Liberation from feelings of injustice and fear.
  • The ability to understand the advantages and disadvantages of culture, developing a determination to change what should be changed (evolution, not revolution).
  • Belief in one's ideals while at the same time being aware of reality, showing determination and courage to make what is possible a concrete reality and passing on one's knowledge.

Box 4: Participants areas of competency

A deeper understanding of the concepts and knowledge acquired and put into practice in the participants' respective areas of activity:

  • Centre Congolais de l'enfant et de la Famille / Congo Centre for Children and the Family (CCEF);
  • Fédération nationale de la Jeunesse Protestante / National Federation of Protestant Youth;
  • Union Chrétienne Féminine de la RDC / DRC Women's Christian Union;
  • The leaders of Fédération Nationale des Femmes Protestantes / National Federation of Protestant Women;
  • The personnel management department for primary, secondary, vocational and extracurricular vocational education (Enseignement Primaire, Secondaire, Professionnel et Para-professionnel - EPSP);
  • The General Secretariat of the EPSP Ministry;
  • Association des Femmes Enseignantes pour le Développement / Association of Women Teachers for Development;
  • The Trade Union Solidarité pour le développement des Enseignants, Fonctionnaires et Agents Paraétatiques / Solidarity for the Development of Teachers, Public Servants and Paragovernmental Staff;
  • S.O.S. Traumatismes pour le Congo / SOS Trauma for the Congo;
  • Trainers for members of institutions and private enterprises;
  • Justice and Peace Commission. Humanitarian law, youth, family, labour and criminal law. Judicial assistance for individuals raped and in troubled areas;
  • Trainers of judicial staff for the defence of human rights;
  • Trainer of members of political parties;
  • Training of the Technical Committees for assistance to divorced women and unmarried mothers.
  • Association for the education of street children and their reintegration into society; training of childcare workers;
  • Vocational training for pygmies;
  • Coalition des Femmes pour la Paix et le Développement / Women's Coalition for Peace and Development;
  • Association en lutte contre la pauvreté / Association for the combat against poverty.

Box 5: The continuing training courses (September 2010 - September 2011)

  • Conditioning exercises (role-playing) in order to remove the barriers to communication with the individuals to be trained or assisted (acquisition of clarity and precision in using the spoken word, neutrality, an ability to anticipate for attainment of the desired goal, etc.).
  • Enhancement of the follow-up on children, families and adults in the context of non-formal education for children and young people.
  • Studies of the emotional programming specifically for street children, follow-up on the work of the participants concerned.
  • Enhancement of the follow-up on individuals affected psychologically by the effects of war and poverty: drug use and alcoholism, rapes of women and children, assisting victims and perpetrators, marital violence and violence against children, individuals living with HIV.
  • Reinforcement of abilities to conduct mediation (family, work contexts, civil society, justice, etc.).
  • Reinforcement of abilities to run working groups for women and men, couples, families and communities.
  • Reinforcement of abilities to teach by means of lectures and thematic day sessions on topics such as anger, fear, violence, problems of rejection and communication, etc. Their consequences for families, communities and society in general.
  • Reinforcement of abilities to build classes and schools for the philosophical awakening of children: knowledge of their own strengths and talents, understanding their emotional issues and work on deprogramming by means of straightforward practical applications of theory on a day-to-day basis (three groups aged 6 to 20).
  • Pilot projects matching the needs of the group in training to ensure shared experience.
  • Visit to workplaces and meeting with other contributors.
  • Studies for the introduction of working methods into school manuals.

Box 6: Lists of on-going Pilot Projects

  1. Project 1(Marthe): School for Awakening or School for Learning: "Doing Things Without Being Obliged". This began in October 2010
  2. Project 2 (Cedric): Reinforcement of social workers' capacities to provide appropriate care for street children. Commencement February 2011
  3. Project 3 (Willy): Project for the Consolidation of Lasting Social Peace and Democracy (Consolidation d'une Paix Sociale Durable et de la Démocratie / CPSDD)
    This is part of the national youth programme for the promotion and consolidation of peace and democracy (Programme national des jeunes pour la promotion et la consolidation de la paix et de démocratie / PNJPD) run by the Church of Christ in the Congo [Eglise du Christ au Congo].