“Unengaged youth can join gangs, criminal groups, and groups which promote nationalist and religious ideologies. Unengaged youth can be divided on ethnic, religious and regional grounds. This has to be resolved in order to prevent other problems in society.” Director, Foundation for Tolerance International, Kyrgyzstan
- The work of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP), a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and colleagues in Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan Rwanda and Nepal, was explored. The project empowers young people to inform the design and delivery of curricula and peacebuilding policy through working with academics, artists, local leaders and decision making bodies.
- Root causes of youth disengagement can be addressed by making connections between stakeholders and building relationships between young people and civil society organisations, for instance the creation of research clubs in Kyrgyzstan. Anara Yeginalieva, Director, Foundation for Tolerance International, Kyrgyzstan, pointed out the importance to society of such work as where young people are dissatisfied by their position, they can move towards destructive ideologies and this can have wider implications.
This thoughtfully designed, innovative and interactive workshop is facilitated by Professor Ananda Breed at the University of Lincoln and colleagues in the UK, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan. Its aim is to explore ways of creating ethical and equitable collaborations between research partners in the Global North and Global South – in short, of decolonising the research agenda.
What kinds of systems and communication mechanisms are necessary for young people to inform curricula and peacebuilding policy? These questions are addressed through an experiential workshop to provide an overview of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project ‘Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal’ (see https://map.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk). MAP is a collaboration between universities, artists, civil society organisations and young people across the world.
Participants will gain a wider understanding of how Global North and Global South academics, artists, and young people have collaborated to inform peacebuilding through informal and formal mechanisms. In terms of influencing and informing tertiary education, the MAP project has influenced the subjects of music, dance and drama in Rwanda and established extracurricular child clubs in Nepal and research clubs in Kyrgyzstan. MAP provides an example of how young people can inform arts-based curriculum for peacebuilding that can be embedded within global education structures.
MAP processes are participatory, and this will apply to delegates at Going Global. The workshop consists of a series of arts exercises previously used during fieldwork for MAP projects. MAP at Home is the online version for high-quality facilitation on digital platforms that has proved useful during the pandemic.
Delegates will be invited to participate in a dialogue surrounding the pragmatics of equitable and collaborative relationships between Global North and South partners. The format will be:
- Introduction to MAP and its impacts
- Explanation of the ‘Obstacle Tree’ exercise, in which problems are deconstructed and understood from their visible, everyday effects, to the conditions that allow the problems to persist, to root causes;
- Obstacle Tree breakouts: delegates identify and deconstruct issues and problems in South and North collaborations
- Whole-group feedback
- Case studies from Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia
- Wrap-up Q&A and discussion
The workshop aims to develop a range of practical outcomes for delegates that can be applied in their own places of work.
- Facilitator: Prof. Ananda Breed, Professor in Theatre / Programme Leader, University of Lincoln, UK
- Dr. Harla Sara Octarra, Lecturer, Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia
- Dr. Kirilly Pells, Asscoiate Professor in Childhood Studies, University College London, UK
- Anara Yeginalieva, Director, Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI), Kyrgyzstan