For the Peace+ training we have three female trainers:
Nina Koevoets – Project coordinator and trainer SVAG
She followed a 10 week long training program in Nonviolence in the USA (2009), which inspired her to deepen and share her knowledge through non-formal education. She has a BA in psychology, an MA in Conflict Resolution and Governance and and MA in Global Studies, during which she focused on social movements. During her studies she participated in a Summer University on Civil Resistance at the University of Budapest. Between her two MAs she did internships at Save the Children, United Network of Young Peacebuilders, for which she organized a training “Peacebuilding for Youth Workers” with the Council of Europe (2008), Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (Israel-Palestine), Center for Conflict Resolution and Human Security (India) and a European Voluntary Service in Israel-Palestine with the Holy Land Trust (2010-11). She worked as a workshop facilitator for two different Dutch NGOs. And she has attended a few trainings from the Youth in Action program about Human Rights, Conflict Resolution etc.
Andra Tanase -Senior Trainer and Consultant PATRIR
Currently she is serving as Senior Trainer at PATRIR (Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania) and expert consultant on youth and peacebuilding, international education, development cooperation, nonviolence and conflict transformation. She derives her passion, career orientation and deep motivation from multicultural education. Her work includes international training and facilitation, research and programme coordination on the themes of education, peace education, strategic programme design, intercultural intelligence, policymaking and civil society development from the perspective of diversity, and conflict transformation.
She worked as consultant, trainer or adviser with different organisations and institutions such as UNOY, GIZ, the European Commission, The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Red Cross. The African concept of Ubuntu is her personal and professional motto and she tries to apply this to all her engagements. Inspired both by large international conferences gathering courageous individuals working for peace and amazing grassroot initiatives, Andra enjoys sharing stories of nonviolent courage and positive passion from the regions where she has worked (including Romania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Moldova, Ukraine, Caucasus, Syria, Nepal, Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan, The Gambia and many more regions sometimes transcending geographical borders).
Alexandra Graciun – Trainer PATRIR
She is a peace educator with over 5 years of experience in delivering workshops through non-formal methods to youth audiences mainly on topics of MDGs and nonviolence in schools. Her BA and MA studies were focused on international development, political studies and humanitarian aid. She joined the Department of Education for Peace and Development at PATRIR in 2008 and is currently overseeing a Peace Club in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The aim is to adapt and increase the number of development education tools, with diverse groups of students, mostly from disadvantaged communities. During her engagement with PATRIR, but also with Stichting Betuwe Wereldwijd and Codex International (NL) Alexandra has worked alongside colleagues to either lobby for a European civilian peace corps, or for integrating and implementing development education into the national/local school curricula, or to bridge the transition faced by immigrants/asylum seekers back into the work force.