If you live in Yogyakarta you drive around Mt. Merapi to get anywhere. This time we are passing it on the west side headed to Bandungan, a mountain resort area near the north coast. Forum Salatiga wanted to offer Kursus Resolusi Konflik Bagi Generasi Muda (A Course in Conflict Resolution for the Younger Generation) and asked the Pusat Studi dan Pengembangan Perdamaian to provide a training in cooperative non-violent action for university and high school student activists from the city of Solo, which has had many serious riots in the last few years. Leaders from student groups attended. The represented groups were 1. Gerakan Mahasiswa Kristen Indonesia Cabang Solo (Indonesian Christian Student Movement) Branch Solo - GMKI Cabang Solo; 2. Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia (Indonesian Islamic Student Movement) Branch Solo - PMII Cab. Solo; 3. Persekutuan Mahasiswa Katholik Republik Indonesia (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Cab. Solo - PMKRI cab Solo; 4. Majelis Agama Konghucu Indonesia Surakarta (Committee of Confucians); 5. Pondok Pesantren Al-Muayyad (Koranic Studies Boarding School) Cab. Windan, Solo; 6. Pondok Pesantren Al-Mukmin (Koranic Studies Boarding School) Solo; 7. ALIF Women's Study Club, Salatiga (salah satu organisasi perempuan dibawah Nadhatul Ulama/NU); 8. Kantor Advokasi Hukum "ATMA" Solo (Advokasi & Transformasi untuk MAsyarakat) (Office of Legal Advocacy)
Assisting Duane Ruth-Heffelbower in the training were co-trainer Henry Hamonanga Sitohang, a member of the staff of Pusat Studi dan Pengambangan Perdamaian, and Damai Teguh, one of Duane's language tutors, who served as interpreter.
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