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Preparing Mediators and Facilitators in Zambia

In late May, PF Zambia provided restorative justice training for 24 volunteers from eight care groups around the country. It included an overview to restorative justice theory, mediation practice, and the Sycamore Tree Project® (STP). Training goals included building capacity for STP implementation and mediation services across the country.

In his opening remarks, Enocent Silwamba, PF Zambia executive director, stated that the implementation of restorative justice programmes was a response to calls for a “more holistic ministry to not only address the spiritual but also legal aspects to break the crime cycle.” He also provided an overview of restorative justice as viewing crime “primarily in terms of broken or destructive relationships between people.”

The mediation portion of the training covered:

  • Use of mediation in Zambia
  • Mediation and restorative justice practices and philosophy
  • Experiences and needs of victims, offenders, and the community
  • Potential problems and pitfalls

The STP training focused on implementing the programme in the various care groups going through the various programme modules.

The training facilitators were Samuel Kawilila, PF Zambia board member, and Regina Ndaipeni, PF Zambia staff member. Both recently received training through the court annexed mediation programme and received certification to receive cases referred by the High Court and the Labour Court. The national ministry plans to offer training to volunteer from other care groups and encourage the implementation of restorative justice programmes throughout the country.

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