Art For Peace’s Sake
At the conclusion of the session on “Theory of Change”, Pioneer Facilitator Hanaa Juma transitioned the Delegates into a discussion on target groups (the individuals who benefit directly from GFP programmes). This session was highly interactive and saw the Delegates discussing how to work with particular target groups: such as adults, adolescents, children, and minority groups. Understanding how to work with divergent peoples is essential to carrying out successful Generations For Peace Programmes.
Also essential to carrying out programmes is familiarity with the specific vehicles for peace building used by GFP. Yesterday the Delegates were introduced to the use of sport, today’s focus was Art For Peace.
Art For Peace involves carefully facilitated art-based activities (such as painting, drama, and music), to foster positive behavioural change and to encourage the Generations For Peace Expressions of Change: specifically building acceptance, fostering cooperation, ensuring inclusion, developing respect, taking responsibility, and building trust within target groups. As with sport, art is used as an entry point for peace building. The purpose of Art For Peace is not for art itself, but rather the means through which to convey conflict transformation objectives.
During the session, conducted by three of our Pioneer Facilitators (Salwa Abdel Wahed, Hanaa Juma, and Tornike Chargeishvili), the Delegates used drawing and miming to portray a conflict and a specific Expression of Change. This exercise was meant to demonstrate the use of art as a peace building vehicle; understanding Art For Peace equipped Delegates with the ability to use this vehicle in future Generations For Peace programmes (and it was great fun too!).