Taxonomy results for: Community

Masraa Ta Shaab/Citizen Theatre

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Citizen Theatre is building a national network of theatre groups, through its work with secondary school students and youth groups:

  • Training and Network-building: Citizen Theatre technique and establishing theatre clubs and groups
  • Community Forums: Trained youth perform Forum Theatre in the community to generate dialogue about local issues
  • Production of Forum Theatre Festivals
  • Production and dissemination of radio series using Forum Theatre models.

From Bor to Wau, Juba to Bentiu,Terekeka to Torit, young people bring up the same key issues through Forum Theatre: Corruption, early marriage, alchoholism, tribalism and cattle raiding. The activity allows youth to come together and create a rare space for dialogue and action-planning.

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Cross-border peace markets, 1990-2005

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In 1990-1991, following years of devastating conflict and displacement in the border regions, a number of border communities from both sides of the conflict lines came together and agreed rules for trade and peaceful livestock migration. The agreements tended to have the following characteristics:

  • A civilian managed and weapon-free joint market.
  • A security guarantee from local military authorities.
  • A Joint-Border Court composed of senior traditional leaders from all communities, tasked with settling issues that arise involving members of different communities.

The initiative was fully led and owned by communities and demonstrates that when cross-line communities recognise their own mutual interests are stronger than those that divide them, it can be possible to cooperate and build strong relationships.

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Juba University Rift Valley Institute lectures

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Since 2010, the RVI has organized an annual series of public lectures at the University of Juba. These lectures are designed to promote public discussion of emerging political and cultural issues in South Sudan. The lectures are co-hosted with the Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba. Past lecture topics have included:

  • 22-24 October 2014: Negotiating Peace in South Sudan
  • 6-8 March 2013: Making the Constitution
  • 2-3 June 2011: Culture and Nation
  • 21-23 June 2010: History and Politics

Speakers have included Dr Douglas Johnson, Dr Lam Akol, Dr Alfred Lokuji, David Deng, John Ashworth, Dr Julia Duany, Naomi Pendle, Emeritus Bishop Paride Taban, and Oliver Batali Albino, Akolda Ma’an Tier, Jok Madut Jok, Zachariah Diing Akol, Henry Swaka and many more.

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Cross Border Peace Markets, 2005-present

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The series’ curriculum focuses on three main goals, identified by local experts as critical to building peace in South Sudan.

  • To promote peaceful co-existence among South Sudanese youth from different cultural and tribal orientations.
  • To create the foundations of peacebuilding by empowering South Sudanese youth to be accountable, independent and participatory citizens of society.
  • To promote peaceful and democratic growth in society by fostering an understanding of gender equality.

Throughout the radio drama we learn how the characters become peace builders in their communities. Youth are invited to share their thoughts and experiences online through the Sawa Shabab Facebook fan page as well as via Twitter (@SawaShabab) and via an SMS service.

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