The participants in the 36th International Arab Youth Congress declared to stop the cliché of “you are too young!” to involve them in decision-making and peace building processes
The IAYC is a thematic event that utilizes creative activities to tackle global issues impacting the lives of youth. This year’s theme, “21st Century of a Culture for Peace and Prosperity” was selected after deep consideration of the role that the artistic disciplines play and should continue to play in unifying the ever-globalizing lives of young people. As values are evolving over time and geography, the ability to seek and comprehend diverse worldviews, to analyze complex issues and ultimately evaluate and modify attitudes and philosophies are some of the most critical skills needed to succeed in today’s modern global economy. Our aim through the activities of the Congress is to create an environment where youth aged (13 – 17) are given the opportunity to develop, share and celebrate these skills.
110 participants from 14 Arab and Foreign countries shared their impressions, expectations and recommendations about the theme of the congress through the panel sessions and the artistic performances during the closing ceremony which was held on the 11th of July at the Palace of Culture under the Patronage and Presence of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein and with the participation of guest of honor, the world champion Ahmed Abu Ghosh as an example to be followed in perseverance and success.
The congress was organized by the National Centre for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation in partnership with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program from 5 – 11 July 2017 with the participation of delegations from UAE, Pakistan, USA, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Holland and Jordan.
The guest of honor Mr. Hussein Al Salman sang a song on this occasion with an interaction from a large audience. And the participants presented the outcome of the creative workshops in drama, music, song and dance, and it also featured a brief video of the activities of the congress.
Lina Attel, Director General of the National Centre for Culture and Arts and Congress Director said, “As we hold this congress every year, we strive to strengthen solidarity and promote cultural exchange between countries; shedding light on the issues like safety, prosperity, peace, creating an example that other countries can follow.” She added, “Our aim is to foster the participants’ cultural, artistic and scientific talents through creative workshops to promote cooperation and respect of cultural diversity.
“Working together with today’s young generation, we can lay the foundation for peaceful, tolerant and equitable societies, in which each successive generation of children can survive and thrive to their full potential.” Said UNICEF Representative, Robert Jenkins.
He added, “UNICEF is grateful to Her Majesty Queen Noor AL Hussein for her patronage and support to the Arab International Youth Congress. We would also like to acknowledge the strong partnership with NCCA and the support from USAID that has resulted in this great youth engagement forum.”
The recommendations and outcomes of the conference will be sent to the Arab League States, the United Nations, UNICEF, and UNFPA.
1. Involve youth in decision-making and peace building processes, voice out their needs and issues and empower them to become agents of change in their countries. Please stop the cliché of “you are too young!”
2. Facilitate and fund international youth exchange programs to achieve better cross-cultural understanding and respect of diversity.
3. Increase youth access to meaningful civic engagement, community service, extracurricular activities, volunteering platforms and employment opportunities to achieve social cohesion, promote sense of belonging and engage creatively and positively with society.
4. Introduce media literacy and comprehensive performing arts programs within school systems as tools to empower young people with creative expression and problem solving skills, self-confidence and understanding of human behavior.
5. Facilitate equal access to quality education, multi-language learning and artistic development for all students including females, males and people with disabilities with special emphasis on analytical thinking.
6. Promote gender equality and empower the role of women to resist harmful practices and unjust social norms.
7. Create meaningful multimedia programs (films, plays, songs) through Community Based organizations, media institutions, TV programs, NGO’s, etc. to spread awareness on the drastic negative impact of war and the value of peace on human life and dignity.
8. Promote intergenerational communication by engaging young people with parents, community members and senior citizens in supporting peace building and in addressing contemporary issues that have an impact on future generations such as family planning and reproductive health.
9. Promote alternative energy sources (e.g. solar energy) to achieve sustainable economic independence which leads to prosperity and hence peace.
10. Promote collaboration between countries to protect refugees and homeless and support them with dignified life and ensure justice, respect of cultural diversity and tolerance.
11. Provide psychosocial counselling in elementary and high schools for students to mitigate negative coping mechanisms.
Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein honors adolescent and youth students excelling in community service project
AMMAN, Jordan,Her Royal Highness Princess Iman Bint Al Hussein deputizing for Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein honoured Jordanian schools and out of school adolescents from 12 governorates with the best community service projects at an event celebrating the 3rd International Arab Youth Congress National Initiative “One Step at a Time,” at the Palace of Culture in Amman Yesterday.
The event featured a documentary of 52 community service projects implemented by 208 students from 52 schools and out of school adolescents from 12 governorates; The Guest of honor Hussein Al Salman presented a song in this occasion followed by a comedy sketch by the NCCA National Interactive Theatre Troupe, and Jordanian Folk Dance by MISK Company of NCCA in addition to the video clip of the “One Step at a Time” song.
“We are proud of the outstanding achievements of students who have excelled in the implementation of diverse projects, including education and technology, environmental health, cultural, art and sport, which will achieve sustainable benefits in the community,” said the Director General of the National Center for Culture and Arts, Lina Attel.
“We are grateful to UNICEF and USAID for their invaluable support in realizing this project and bringing joy to Jordanian Students. We also commend the efforts of the Ministry of Education, school teachers and Princess Basma Youth Resource Center/JOHUD for facilitating the participation of students,” she added.
“One Step at a Time” is a national community service initiative emanating from the International Arab Youth Congress organized by the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) of King Hussein Foundation in cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF - supported by the Government of Germany (through German and Canadian Government) and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program implemented by FHI 350.
The project aims at encouraging and empowering Jordanian youth aged 13 to 17 to actively participate in community service projects that are creative and sustainable, and which benefit their society and also develops their own knowledge and skills.
“I would like to congratulate all girls and boys who participated in this great initiative to help their communities,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative, Robert Jenkins. “UNICEF’s partnership with NCCA and the King Hussein Foundation, Ministry of Education, and CSO partners, and the support from USAID and Germany, is helping us strive towards providing more engagement opportunities for young people, and contributing towards Jordan achieving its national HRD strategy and the global Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.
“USAID is happy to support initiatives that impact youth and their development. We see it as an investment towards the further development of the organization and the development of Jordan” said Kathy Tin, USAID Office of Democracy and Governance.
The initiative was introduced in all schools in the 12 governorates through the respective Directorates of Education. This is the first initiative of its kind to be held for this age group, giving students full freedom to choose their initiatives and projects.
Following the selection of 52 winning projects from 12 governorates from the Ministry of Education’s schools and Princess Basma fund for Youth of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Development, the selected school students participated in comprehensive training sessions on organizing and managing their projects, in addition to communication skills, held by specialists from NCCA and NHF –Community Development Program. The students were provided with the necessary materials to implement their projects within a period of three months.
The students from the 52 best projects will be part of the Jordanian delegation at the 36th International Arab Youth Congress which will be held Under https://www.viagrapascherfr.com/viagra-feminin-forum-uso/ the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein from 5-11 July 2017 under the theme “21st Century Skills for a culture of peace and prosperity."
Thursday, 15 December 2016, Amman: Master trainers from NCCA’s National Interactive Theatre Troupe conducted a workshop in November for creative writing and interactive theatre techniques. The workshop included 20 emerging Jordanian and Syrian artists, between the ages of 18 – 30.
This training is part of the active citizens "Artivism" project. The project, which was established in partnership with the British Council, is implemented by the National Center for Culture and Arts of the King Hussein Foundation.
Artivisim aims to raise awareness around the importance of social cohesion and co-existence. This is portrayed through respect and acceptance of others and promoting active citizenship, through the use of different performing arts.
The project began in October 2016 and end in March 2017.
The workshop consisted of a 40 hour training in Active Citizenship, creative writing skills and interactive theater techniques including; improvisation, role-playing, in addition to voice and speech. Workshops enabled the participants to write 20 monologues to be included in a booklet and distributed among cultural centers and stakeholders.
The second workshop conducted on the 14th and 15th of December to select the monologues and present them artistically in a stage reading session to the public.
Three performances presented in three locations throughout the kingdom, on the 19th of December at 12:00PM at the National Centre for Culture and Arts, on the 20th of December in Irbid at Princess Basma Center for Human Development at 11:00am and at the British Council on the 10th of January 2017 at 1:00PM.
The British Council is the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, English, science and sport and last year we engaged face to face with 18.4 million people and reached 652 million. We are a non-political organization which operates at arm’s length from government.
For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org/Jordan
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, The National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) concluded the Advanced Regional Y-PEER Theatre Based PEER Education Training of Trainers "Performing Arts for Action (PACT)” in cooperation with UNFPA, utilizing theater skills andparticipatory drama methodology to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.
The 40 hours training course over a period of 6 days accredited and certified by The International Theatre Institute ITI, UNESCO was attended by 12 Y-Peers age (19 – 30) who finished the first regional training from the following countries; Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. The training was conducted by master trainers: Nabil Sawalha, Lina Attel, Mohannad Nawaflah and Ghandi Saber, Suzan Al Banawi, assisted by: Ala' Hamad, Fadel Awadi, Saba Obeidat, Zeinab AL Shrouf and Mr. Ghassan Tanash from Ministry of Culture.
The event was attended by Ms. Suad Nabhan, Director of UNFPA - Jordan and Dr. Manal Tahtamouni, Director of the Institute for Family Health/Noor Al Hussein Foundation
During the closing ceremony the participants presented 3 drama scenes that culminated as an outcome of the training, depicting issues related to adversities of early marriage, puberty and sex education. At the end of the ceremony the participants were awarded their Certificates.
The National Center for Culture & Arts in cooperation with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commenced The Advanced Regional Y-PEER Theatre Based PEER Education Training of Trainers on "How to Use Theater Techniques in Community Development", for 12 participants who finished the first Regional training course from the following countries; Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Palestine, Morocco, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunis and Jordan.
The training began on the 25th of October and will end on the 30thof October where the participants will present the outcome of the training comprising of three short plays with audience interaction as well as receiving their certificates accredited by ITI, UNESCO.
NCCA was appointed by UNFPA in 2013 as the Regional Centre of Excellence for Theatre Based PEER Education after an evaluation and assessment process of similar Performing Arts Centres in the Region.
The agreement was signed between the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office in Egypt and the National Centre for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation on 6 June, 2013, indicating that the NCCA will work in partnership with UNFPA and the Y-PEER Network to use the interactive theater- based techniques in training young people age (19-30) to utilize theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise their awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.
Since 2013 NCCA successfully conducted four Regional Training Courses which were attended by 100 Y-PEER educators age (19 – 30) from Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Libya, Djibouti, Somalia, Tunis, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.
Basedon an invitation by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia PacificRegional Office, the Director General of the National Centre for Culture andArts (NCCA) Lina Attel participated in the Y-PEER Inter-Regional Coordinationand Consultation Meeting held in Bangkok from the 16th – 17thof June 2014.
TheMeeting was attended by representatives from UNFPA Regional Offices of ArabStates, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Asia and Pacific and Mr. AleksandarSasha Bodiroza, UNFPA Technical Adviser and founder of the Y-PEER Network andTheatre Based PEER Education Training, in addition to Y-PEER InternationalCoordinator Mr. Peter Mladenov and Y-PEER Arab States Coordinator Ms. DareenAbu Lail.
TheAgenda of the meeting included an extensive presentation by Lina Attel aboutthe methodology and achievements of NCCA as the Regional Centre of Excellenceon Theatre Based PEER Education Training, certified and accredited by theInternational Theatre Institute (ITI), UNESCO in order to expand trainingopportunities to youth of the Y-PEER network globally
The National Interactive Theater Troupe performing now an interactive play entitled: "To Be or Not To Be" supported by The Norwegian Embassy which aims to Empower Young Jordanian Women Towards Effective Participation in Work Force at Al Zarqa' Private University
The play performed at German Jordanian University and All Jordan youth commission
About the Company
Kari Hoaas Productions was established by the Norwegian choreographer Kari Hoaas in 2005, upon her return to Oslo after more than a decade working in New York City. She is known to create physical and complex performances that allow for ambiguity and contradiction, while retaining a profoundly human quality connected to our broader culture. Be Like Water is her seventh evening length production, and the first in a planned cycle of works exploring our relationship with nature. Her previous three works Daybreak 2010, On the desperate edge of now 2013 and One 2013 explored issues of gender. Her work has been produced and presented by major venues all over Norway and the Nordic region, in addition to international co-productions and tours to the USA, Caribbean, Europe, Caucasus and the Middle East.
About the Performance
In Be Like Water I continue my commitment to develop an extreme, but organic physicality, while exploring the emotional mathematics of choreographic structures. Can the body become an open conduit for energy? Defining its own space and relation to the group, shedding all notions of statehood, race and gender? Can instead the individual come forth communicating directly? Created towards the background of fear the self-made apocalypse of climate change represents, I chose to work in a poetic vein, searching for beauty, as a catalyst to penetrate the sorrow and powerlessness our continued destruction of the basic element of all life, water, represents.
Cast and Credits:
Concept, choreography and direction: Kari Hoaas
Dancers: Ida Haugen, Antero Hein, Thais Hvidt, Åsne Storli, Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Anton Wretling/Ot Light design: Laurent Ravot
Videoscenography and tour technician: Tord Eliassen
Sounddesign: Morten Pettersen
Costumedesign: Signe Vasshus
Seam: Antti Bjørn
Music: Meredith Monk, Kayhan Kalhor, Levon Minassian, Delphine Mantoulet & Valentin Dahmani, Armand Amar & Seyed Mohammad Hanjani
Photographer: Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen
Creation supported by Arts Council Norway and http://cialisfrance24.com Fund for Sound and Image. Co-production with Culture Skellefteå, Sweden and Bærum Kulturhus, Norway.
Touring funds provided by Norwegian Ministry of foreign Affairs, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Arts Council Norway and Fund for Performing Artists.