Peacekeeping and World Security with Bitdefender
PATRIR (Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania) Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflicts. It works from local to global levels —in partnership with communities, countries, and national and international organizations — to make peace building and the constructive transformation of conflicts the basis for sustainable peace.
The association was founded 13 years ago by a handful of active, dedicated young people who believe, like Gandhi, that each of us can be the change we want to see in the world. Since then, they have been committed to a world in which conflicts are transformed constructively, through peaceful means. In such a world, individuals, communities, countries, and local, national, regional, and international organizations and actors are empowered to address conflicts effectively and work together to do so.
Locally, PATRIR works to raise awareness of the importance of peace education in schools. It provides tools and methods to teachers and students in order to address conflicts constructively and prevent the escalation of violence. It also offers workshops, seminars, and training courses on nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, intercultural dialogue, and other related topics. Its main target group is students and teachers, but it also works with businesses and people interested in improving the way they deal with conflicts.
In the last few years, the organization has had engagements in areas like: Moldova-Transnistria, Crimea, Lebanon, Nepal, Sudan, and many other countries.
Because the organization works both at the local and the international level, keeping information safe is a priority. "Being able to keep our data safe is a MUST both because most of our work — projects, plans, reports, financial data — is being stored on laptops or computers, and the information from our studies and reports has to be protected," says Mihai Pop, director of the organization's department of education for peace and development.
Being able to access affordable Bitdefender software has enabled the organization to protect all its information and secure its data from viruses, trojans, and other threats.
"We are very happy to have been able to acquire Bitdefender antivirus solutions for PATRIR, as indeed this saved us some financial resources, which we can allocate particularly to a two-year project through which we aim to improve the local policies of preventing and combating school violence in Cluj-Napoca," concludes Pop.