How Can Young People Engage Policy-makers?

Policy Brief created by MAP Youth Researchers in Kyrgyzstan

Author: Ananda Breed Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo   Caption: Policy Brief created by MAP Youth Researchers in Kyrgyzstan Art-based methods enable different stakeholders and audiences to engage with critical ideas and issues. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project ‘Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Informing the National Curriculum and…

Small Grants to Grant Young People a Voice

Author: Rajib Timalsina Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo   Caption: A Young participant drawing a Conflict Tree As a general trend, policy-informing projects in Nepal are decided by donors and decisions are made from the top-down. Young people are often only at the receiving end of development and research projects. Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Nepal…

How Does It All End?

Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo Stigma is adding to the pain of victims of sexual violence, particularly adolescent girls in urban poor communities of East Jakarta. The stigma tends to overlook the disabling environment causing the girls to be at risk of sexual violence. MAP young researchers created a short film to address the problem. The…

Imagining Peace through Digital Collage Art

Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia organised an online workshop on the use of digital collage art for storytelling. The workshop was held in 3 days taken place in July 2021 using Zoom. It was attended by 35 young people (between 13-21 years) who are affiliated with 4 non-profit…

Training of Young Changemakers in Kyrgyzstan

Authors: Anara Eginalieva, Tajyka Shabdanova, Helena-Ulrike Marambio   ‘I will no longer believe in the word “impossible”, [instead] I will act’ stated one young participant after the attending a five-day ‘Training the Trainers’ (TOT) workshop organised by the Kyrgyz non-profit organisation and MAP partner Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI). FTI ran a series of five-day…

Manuals and toolkits: Office of Special Representatives – Children as Agents of Positive Change

Mobile Arts for Peace is a hub for resources and toolkits relating to arts-led peacebuilding initiatives. MAP’s website features recommendations for practitioners and researchers. The contents are the sole responsibility of the UN. This report was issued by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children. Children as Agents of…

Dialogue for Peace: Arts-Based Approaches and the Growth of MAP Dialogue Clubs in Rwanda

Authors: Eric Ndushabandi, Victor Ntezirembo, and Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo. Edited by Helena-Ulrike Marambio Arts-based approaches to fostering dialogue have been increasingly used in peacebuilding efforts to advance reconciliation and healing in countries emerging from conflict. In Rwanda, Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) has promoted the inclusion and active participation of youth in national peace programmes since…

MAP at the Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival

Hosted from the 25th-30th November 2020, the Eighth Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (HRIFF) celebrated the films and filmmakers that spotlight human rights causes and change people’s lives across the world. The Human Rights Film Center, a MAP partner in Nepal, has organised the HRIFF each year since 2010. Due to COVID-19, this is…

Can the Local Arts be Used to Promote Learner Centred Approach and Critical Peace Education for Gender Equality in Japan?

By Anna Hata Why is it important to adapt ‘Mobile Arts for Peace’ in education in Japan? Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP), led by Professor Ananda Breed from the University of Lincoln, has contributed to helping students and teachers exercise a learner-centred approach; using local art forms in a manner that addresses problems in their…

The Role of Arts in Education for Peacebuilding and Learner-Centred Approach in Rwanda

By Anna Hata Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Learner-Centred Approach in Rwanda ‘MAP motivates and makes us free’ and helps to ‘resolve conflicts in our community,’ a youth member of Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) announced proudly in his speech at the 3-day conference hosted by MAP and Changing the Story. Hosted in cooperation with the…

MAP Toolkit: MAP in Nepal – Report from Scoping Visit (2020)

In Nepal, MAP Network Plus conducted a series of internal scoping visits between 25 March – 30 August 2020. The scoping visits’ activities included consultations with representatives of local government, teachers and school management, arts-led organizations and psychosocial organizations. These scoping visits involved mapping key local partners and schools, briefing research participants, establishing connections with…

Rethinking young people’s ‘right to participation’: the case of MAP-CTS Project

Written by: Danae Chatzinikoli and Stefania Vindrola. Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Changing the Story (CTS) hosted a three-day conference from 5 – 7 August in collaboration with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) in Rwanda. The conference focused on encouraging child and youth participation through arts-based methods to inform policy…

Beyond voice: expressing youth agency through arts-based approaches in Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)

Written by Di Wu A 3-day event was hosted by the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Changing the Story (CTS), in collaboration with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) in Rwanda. The event aimed at using art-based approaches to engage young people, educators, cultural artists and policy makers to influence curriculum…

MAP Toolkit: MAP in Nepal – Report from Scoping Visit (2020)

In Nepal, MAP Network Plus conducted a series of internal scoping visit between 25 March – 30 August 2020. The scoping visit activities include consultations with representatives of local government, teachers and school management, arts-led organizations and psychosocial organizations. These scoping visits involved mapping key local partners and schools, briefing research participants, establishing connections with…

Arts-based Methods and Digital Technology for Peacebuilding during the time of COVID

Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Changing the Story (CTS) hosted a three-day conference that focused on ‘Education and Art for Peacebuilding’ from 5 – 7 August with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) as a co-host in Rwanda….

Examining Civic National Values in Kenya and Nepal: Why, how and what next?

This post was originally published via Changing the Story (CTS)’s #YoungChangemakers series on 1st October 2019, as part of the CTS sub-project Examining the Interpretations of Civic National Values Made by Young People in Kenya and Nepal.  Changing the Story is an AHRC GCRF project which asks how the arts, heritage and human rights education can…

Examining the Interpretation of Civic National Values made by young people in Nepal

This post was originally published via Changing the Story (CTS)’s #YoungChangemakers series on 1st October 2019, as part of the CTS sub-project Examining the Interpretations of Civic National Values Made by Young People in Kenya and Nepal.  Changing the Story is an AHRC GCRF project which asks how the arts, heritage and human rights education can…

Examining the Interpretations of Civic National Values made by young people in Nepal: A youth perspective

This post was originally published via Changing the Story (CTS)’s #YouthChangemakers series on 1st October 2019, as part of the CTS sub-project Examining the Interpretations of Civic National Values Made by Young People in Kenya and Nepal.  Changing the Story is an AHRC GCRF project which asks how the arts, heritage and human rights education can…

Civil Society Organisations Reflections on Arts Based Methodologies in Schools

Two decades of internal conflict and instability in Nepal has brought a drastic reformation in the state structure from central government to federal state including the education system. The school education is divided into two levels: basic (up to 8th grade) and secondary education (9th – 12th grade). Moral education is included in the curriculum of basic education aiming to inform young children about civic national values such as citizenship, social and moral behavior, tolerance and mutual respect……

MAP: Shaping the Rwandan National Curriculum

This post was originally published via Changing the Story on 19th March 2020. Changing the Story is an AHRC GCRF project which asks how the arts, heritage and human rights education can support youth-centred approach to civil society building in post-conflict settings across the world. The development of the MAP project was a major output of Changing the…

Mobile Arts for Peace: March 2019 Update

This post is a rework of the March 2019 MAP newsletter. This post is a re-post of the MAP newsletter of March 2019. Facilitators at the training of trainers make a tableau, or frozen image, August 2018. Photo: Deus Kwizera In 2018, MAP was launched in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Initial activities included a curriculum…

Mobile Arts for Peace: Project Update May 2019

MAP Participants play Dr. Tangles, which is a good visual representation of a way a network plus project works. April, 2019. Photo: Deus Kwizera.

This post is a rework of the May 2019 MAP newsletter. Take a look at what the MAP team have been up to so far in 2019. Drawing Inspiration from Young People The artist, Ganza Daniella. Photo Hassan Ngendahimana. The original image that Ganza drew on a chalkboard. January, 2019. Photo: Kurtis Dennison.    …

Making connections: reflections on the use of proverbs in research and practice

A common trope oft repeated in the wake of horrific events is that the ensuing pain is inexpressible or that certain stories cannot be told. In the case of Rwanda following the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi which saw between 800,000 and a million people killed in the space of 100 days, similar assumptions are also frequently deployed……