At AJAR, we believe that a lack of information leads to prejudice and apathy, and education is the key to transformation. The AJAR Learning Centre was established in 2009 as a reflection and learning space for grassroots communities and their leaders to develop capacities, mark progress to build peace, improve lives, and rebuild communities broken by conflict. The AJAR learning centre is committed to working with these communities, helping them to connect meaningfully with policy-makers in order to articulate their needs.
Named “Kampung Damai”, AJAR Learning Centre is situated on the southern coast of Bali and is a five-minute walk to the beach. Buildings at the centre are made from recycled wood and can comfortably accommodate 15-28 people. A library and high-speed Internet connection are available for individuals who come and stay at the training centre.
AJAR provides learning sessions as well as support for training and curriculum development that is custom-designed to meet the needs of participants. AJAR also organises national, regional and international meetings of experts which aim to contribute to building a human rights movement and a culture of accountability, particularly within the framework of transitional justice.
AJAR Learning Centre has helped to create communities of human rights leaders in Asia. At Kampung Damai, we bring together community leaders, lawyers, teachers and academics, researchers, NGO representatives as well as governmental and non-governmental experts to enable the sharing and development of their knowledge and experiences. This network of over 600 human rights practitioners or defenders has played critical roles in making their communities better places to live for the most vulnerable and marginalised.
The learning centre team is active in developing training curricula for peace and justice leaders and advocates. This includes topics such as social analysis and designing innovations at the community level, peace-building and human rights, basic legal aid, and other advanced skills or methodology for advocacy. The AJAR Learning Centre is a place where participatory methodologies are applied and respected. For our training series, we invite and draw from a diverse group of participants, including representatives of various ethnic and religious backgrounds who are able to explore the impact of conflict on their communities. The training process helps participants to identify their learning needs, express their stories on violence and oppression, expand their knowledge and understanding, and formulate an action plan for strategic advocacy.
Some of the activities conducted over the past two years include:
- A short course on human rights and religious freedom for the religious teachers or the muballigh of the Muslim Ahmadiyyah community, Jakarta, 2015.
- Training for grassroot leaders and victims of human rights, Bali, 2015.
- Chega +10, Jakarta, 2015.
- Curriculum development on transitional justice and shared history for Indonesia and Timor Leste, 2015.
- A short course on transitional justice for academics in Dili, Timor Leste, 2016.
- An exchange visit with Pakistani human rights officers, Jakarta, 2015.
- A training/workshop on transitional justice for community organisers, Bali, 2016.
- A training/workshop on human rights documentation for community organisers, Bali, 2016.
- A capacity building workshop for Aceh Local Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bali, 2016.
- Capacity-building programmes for community learning centres in Yogyakarta, Pidie, Maumere, Buru Island, Papua, Makassar and Kupang, 2016-17.
- Training/workshop for the Transitional Justice Asia Network, Bali 2017.
- A short course on transitional justice for academics and researchers, in collaboration with the University of Jember, 6-11 August 2017.
- Training/workshop for the Transitional Justice Asian Network, 9-13 October 2017.
- A regional short course on transitional justice in Asian contexts, 30 October-4 November 2017 (call for applications will open soon—see below).
We invite you to visit our website regularly to stay informed about our programmes and activities. The next call for applications for the regional short course on transitional justice will open in September 2017.
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