Taxonomy results for: Creative Practice

Remembering the Ones We Lost

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Remembering The Ones We Lost is a public memorial that aims to name all victims of conflict and armed violence in South Sudan.

This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.

As such, the website allows individuals and communities to provide the names of people killed in armed conflicts through filling of the testimonial form via email, SMS and twitter. The project compiles the names of all people who have died in armed struggle since 1955 to-date and generalized armed violence.

You can participate in the project by visiting the project website and submitting the name of someone who is lost and/or by offering a memorial tribute.

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Sawa Shebab, A Peacebuilding Radio Drama for Youth in South Sudan

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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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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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South Sudanese Folk Tales

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The platform emerged out of Na’eesh Mabadh / Living Together, a multimedia peacebuilding project which draws inspiration from South Sudan’s folklore and oral tradition.

The Na’eesh Mabadh team recorded folktales during storytelling sessions in four locations in South Sudan: Bentiu, Pibor, Renk and a PoC site in Juba, discussed and analyzed themes of peace and conflict in the stories, and then adapted them into a series of radio programmes, which are being broadcast in South Sudan throughout 2016.

At the inception of that project, the organizers understood the value of the folktales and other materials they would gather, and envisioned an online platform that would serve as both a site for documentation and space for dialogue. The South Sudanese Folktales website is now that space.

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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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