Picturing the Past, Present, and Future in the imaginations, dreams and journeys taken by young women in Nepal and Rwanda: An introduction

Introduction There is a synergy in the mission of both Janaki Women Awareness Society (Nepal) and Uyisenga Ni Imanzi (Rwanda) in that they exist as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for empowering the health, wellbeing and lives of women. Both organisations will work together on a unique international project that will apply the MAP philosophy of…

Allow me to return home: get more love, care, and support when I’m bleeding

Juhi Adhikari Youth Advisory Board member, Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Participatory arts-based international research project in the UK, Rwanda, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal. Credit: Problem Image, Shony Bhatta (anonymised), 14-year-old, Female, Nepal “Please allow me to return home; I’m scared to go to sleep with the cattle nearby. It’s just that I’m going through…

Adapting the Methods of the ‘Mobile Arts for Peace’ Project for the Psychosocial Assistance of Children and Youth in Ukraine

By Olga Ovcharuk  Professor of the Department of Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communications National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts (Ukraine, Kyiv) Photo Credit: Tina Hartung, Unsplash Russia’s full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine, began on February 24 2022, marked the beginning of the largest humanitarian catastrophe in Europe since the Second World War….

MAP Indonesia: Informing Youth Policy through Arts-based Methods

By Harla Octarra from Atma Jaya, Indonesia This short video shows the journey of how MAP young researchers collaborated with various stakeholders to gradually inform youth policy through research, creating art forms, and an audience with local government. Told from the perspectives of Ibnu, Indri, Haikel, and presented by Harla (as MAP Co-Investigator in Indonesia),…

Reflections: Musical Dialogue during the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) conference 2022

Two girls holding a banner

By Juhi Adhikari (19) Undergraduate Student at Tribhuvan University & MAP Nepal Youth Researcher Caption: MAP Nepal young researchers using participatory approaches (2022) Last year I was selected to join the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE 2022) in Mexico. I was the youngest participant among 50, all working on peace education, either as an…

Vice Chancellor Prof. Neal Juster delivers Welcome Speech at MAP ‘Gathering’ Conference

Vice Chancellor Prof. Neal Juster gave a welcome speech to over 40 delegates from Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal alongside University of Lincoln colleagues amidst an exhibition of artworks from Phase One activities at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) as part of the MAP ‘Gathering’ Conference conducted at the University of Lincoln from 8-11 November 2022….

Manuals and toolkits: Capacity Building for Adults – Mariah Cannon

Author: Mariah Cannon – Institute of Development Studies Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo Caption: Photo-collage workshop (An example of bottom-up engagement to inform adults) – 8th April 2021, Red Nose Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia   While it was heartening and inspiring to listen to the major successes of the Mobile Arts for Peace projects in their initial…

Experience of Curriculum Implementation in Palpa, Nepal – Tirtha Prasad Gautam

Author: Tirtha Prasad Gautam Focal teacher, Janapriya Child Club Janapriya Secondary School, Tansen Palpa Nepal Member of Curriculum Development Committee, Tansen Municipality, Palpa Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo Caption: Activities in Palpa and Kanchanpur District Nepal is a beautiful mountainous country. The Himalayas are full of diversity as they are a combination of mountains and plains….

Reflections on Agents of Change Webinar – Ayesha Mohanty

Author: Ayesha Mohanty Edition: Camilo Soler Caicedo Caption: Kyrgyzstan’s Team Presentation, part of the Agents of Change Webinar     If you wish to envision the future of world peace, young people from the MAP project shall be your reflective lens. From Nepal to Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia to Rwanda, the young peacebuilders from these regions, equipped…

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…