Meet Mohamed Fazal: Giving Forward to the CSP Alumni Scholarship
Every year, a selection committee of Caux Scholars Program (CSP) alumni meet to review applications and designate a candidate who shows great passion and promise to receive a scholarship and take part in the upcoming program. Donations from CSP alumni, IofC communities and partners, and the general public are accepted to fund the scholarship recipient’s travel, accommodation, food, and tuition expenses for the 30-day residential program at the Caux Palace in Switzerland. Participation in CSP would not be possible without the support of donations. In turn, this support amplifies the capacity of scholars to continue their critical work as peacebuilders in their home countries.
Meet Mohamed Fazal of Sri Lanka, the 2019 Caux Scholars Program Alumni Scholarship recipient. Fazal began working in peacebuilding and development sectors in Sri Lanka upon graduation from secondary school in 2006. Since this time he has gained a multifaceted learning experience working with local development agencies, civil society and community based organizations, youth networks, women’s groups, government officials, and religious leaders to address development issues within marginalized communities. Fazal regularly provides these groups and organizations with management and monitoring support to build their capacity in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, teambuilding leadership, and human rights.
During his career, Fazal has practiced different methods and approaches towards conflict transformation by exploring innovative and sustainable solutions to the three decades-long armed conflict in the country. Following the end of the conflict in 2009, the government of Sri Lanka appointed an independent commission called Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). One of the main mandates of the commission was to provide recommendations for national unity and reconciliation among all communities in Sri Lanka. Fazal was part of this national organization leading significant works across the Island to educate the general public and civil society groups, and create awareness about the LLRC’s recommendations for restorative justice processes in Sri Lanka.