The Central Africa Conflict Prevention Association, CACOPA, has among its mission to contribute in educating the populous on available alternative means that help conflicting parties to reach a nonviolent resolution of conflicts. Through peace education possible changes in viewing conflict issues become less violent and contribute into reaching a more peaceful society. This vision has become one of CACOPA's fields of interest for two main reasons. The first being CACOPA's Executive members have all an expertise in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies that the Democratic Republic of Congo needs for its nation to live in a peaceful society . The second being the usefulness of having nationals that are qualified in this field as to educate the rest of the populous in acquiring the required knowledge in dealing appropriately with any conflict that arises within the social environment is a huge privilege for the entire country.
CACOPA would like to expand its expertise to those who play a certain role within the community as one way to settle disputes that in many instances culminate into violence and destruction of the social environment. It is our duty as human to foster a culture of peace where we live if we want to live a peacefully and prosperous developing nation.
Practically, CACOPA held its first training on Basic Conflict Management from 25 to 28 April 2008 in Lubumbashi. The event took place within the premises of Institut Facultaire Maria Malkia that organizes a programme in Peace Education. A second training took place in the same place from 08 to 10 May 2008. It is worth mentioning that participants came from different fields. Among them were students from peace education and other fields of study, businessmen, lawyers, government officials and so on. A total number of 63 people were trained for both the first and the second training. The last training was organized from July 4 to July 6, 2008. It is worth mentioning that the last group received 23 participants as part of the first two groups. The last group was trained as the second level. The main focus during the training turned around steps in a conflict, data collection, mediation and reconciliation.
Generally speaking, the trainings are divided into three different sessions which the Basic Conflict Management session is compulsory. This is to say that any candidate who wishes to further his trainings up to the third session is required to complete the first and the second session. The third level consists in training the Trainers of Trainers (TOT). This level is the most important one whereby people who have completed the whole sessions are qualified to train other people who are interested in acquiring conflict resolution knowledge through trainings.