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Rwanda: An Overview

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Our work in Rwanda

I started realizing the impact of MAP. I spent the whole of high school lower level being closed to myself. Whenever I faced a problem, I used to keep it for myself instead of being open and share it to others seeking support. After engaging with MAP, I became open to other people. Now when I meet a problem, I seek advice from peers

Reuben, MAP Rwanda Participant

MAP Rwanda is a practice-as-research project supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of a larger project entitled Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Societies with and for Young People in Post-Conflict CountriesThe aim of MAP is to work with young people, educators, cultural artists and civil society organisations to inform the National Curriculum Framework in Music, Dance and Drama in Rwanda.

Championed by Dr. Eric Ndushabandi from the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) and Prof. Dr. Ananda Breed from the University of Lincoln, MAP is working alongside partners to design and deliver project activities.

In 2018, MAP was launched in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Initial activities included a curriculum workshop with cultural artists to inform the methodology, a training of trainers with educators to adapt the methodology to local and regional contexts, and a youth camp to train young people as facilitators working alongside the adult educators to develop drama clubs and to integrate the methodology into schools.

In Rwamagana, MAP worked with five schools, ten cultural organisations, twenty-five educators, and ten young people to design and deliver the MAP methodology. Following the training events, youth and adult trainers extended the training to an additional 62 educators and 526 young people by the December 2018.

Thanks to Laure Iyaga, MAP is a peace building initiative in Rwanda that integrates mental health awareness and support for its participants. In addition to offering workshops and counselling during MAP activities, Sana offers ongoing support to MAP youth and adult trainers.

Teachers, cultural artists and young participatns gather for a photo at the youth camp, December 2018. Photo Deus Kwizera

On 24 January 2019, the Institute for Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) launched their role as co-investigator of Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) at a stakeholder meeting in Kigali, Rwanda attended by the Rwanda Education Board (REB), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Sports and Culture, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of ICT and Innovation and numerous distinguished guests. Dr. Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo from the College of Education, University of Rwanda has also gathered research findings based on interviews and focus groups with MAP youth and adult trainers, cultural artists, and stakeholders (read more about this here)

Thanks to AHRC follow on impact funding, in 2019 MAP youth and adult trainers from Rwamagana district will train adult educators and young people in Gicumbi, Rubavu, Nyamasheke, Huye and Kicukiro using the same structure as the pilot phase, as well as inviting MAP adult and youth trainers to apply for small grants to continue expanding the programme, and a Mobile Filmmaking Workshop for adult and youth trainers with Eric Kabera from Kwetu Film Institute.

Young people participate in MAP activities at a Rwamagana Schoool, September 2018. Photo Kurtis Dennison

MAP is playing an increasingly important role in the shaping of the National Curriculum in Rwanda, thanks to their partnership with the Rwanda Education Board (REB). The partnership with REB has the potential to shape the national arts curriculum of Rwanda through curriculum and textbook development and MAP alignment with already existing REB trainings. The invitation to partner MAP trainings with REB trainings will assist in areas where funding is not available, while also delivering impact and sustainability.

 

[1] Independent Project Assessment Report “Youth Theater for Peace,” conducted in 2011 in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

 

 

 

 

 

Since its initial position as one of Changing the Story’s Phase 1 projects, MAP has received numerous additional funding to extend the work of the project both in Rwanda and across the world. You can find out more about the story of MAP on our About Us page.

 

 

 

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