(Photo: Aegis Trust)

Aegis trains young Rwandans on storytelling for peace building

The Aegis Trust organised a two day workshop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in December 2016 with a focus on storytelling as part of the Healing Communities Programme. The workshop gathered young peace champions from across the country to learn how to promote peace in their communities through film and photography.

Peace-building Stories – connecting children and young people to peace-building ideas

Peace-building stories are stories that build hope and peace in hearts and minds and are meant to be shared especially with children. The story themes reflect upon the inherent structural inequalities and rather than perpetuating cynicism, fear or despair they purposefully re-focus attention upon building hope and introduce nonviolent, peaceful processes by offering a simple means for the creation of imaginative, nonviolent, collective solutions. One story, Donald the Drake, has been written in response to the uncertainty about the future of democratic processes within the United States and the consequential impact upon world peace. It focusses attention upon exploring how citizens can bring out the best in their elected leaders in peaceful, nonviolent ways instead of allowing fear to dictate thinking and action.

Peace-based storytelling session sparks hope in conflict-affected, underdeveloped communities (Philippines)

In conflict situations, stories enable societies to connect, engage, and even provide opportunities to resolve conflicts. They help in socializing — countering false stereotypes and narratives that justify violence and conflict thereby assisting the process of peacebuilding. Noting the value and importance of Executive Order No 570 s. 2006, known as Institutionalizing Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education, storytelling sessions were held across Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) areas during the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month.

Chintan Girish Modi (left). (Photo: thealternative.in)

50 students talk of Indo-Pak peace in workshop

Mumbai-based writer, educator and peace builder Chintan Girish Modi conducted a workshop with students of Dikshant International School on the topic, ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein – an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.

Zacaria, Abir, who was pregnant at that time, and their one-year old son Yehia managed to escape Syria via unofficial routes. They arrived in Portugal in December 2015. Ferreira do Zezere, Portugal, February 2016 (Photo: © Ricardo Rodrigues da Silva)

Amnesty International: How personal stories can enhance the way we teach human rights

(Amnesty International) How to present the challenges faced by refugees to a young audience so they can relate to someone else’s experience? If you’re a teacher and if you’ve ever considered starting a discussion on refugee rights with your class, you may have wondered this. Amnesty International found out how a Human Rights Friendly School in Portugal uses personal testimonies to draw a more complete image of what it’s like to be a refugee.

Check out the latest issue of Building Peace, a publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Inside the Storytelling Revolution

Storytelling is on the rise. With the continued expansion of technology sharing stories has never been easier. In the latest issue of “Building Peace,” a publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, “Inside the Storytelling Revolution,” examines the countless ways we communicate with one another and the power that stories hold to inspire peace as well as war.

This issue looks at the processes of advocacy and advertising—both selling peace in their unique ways. It features the work of StoryCorps and how they are lifting up local voices to contribute to a more peaceful society. Stories also come from the Countering Violent Extremism and filmmaking communities as they explore the ways that narratives can rewrite history—and what it takes to reveal the truth.