Mobile Arts for Peace – Rwanda

“Mobile Arts for Peace” is the name of the Phase 1 Rwandan project for Changing the Story. Find out more about what we’re doing in Rwanda, our approaches, processes and aspirations.

Young performers at Mashirika Performing Arts Group, one of our Rwanda Co-Is

The Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) project supported by partners Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, Aegis Trust, Kwetu Film Institute, Hope and Homes for Children, and University of Lincoln aims to provide training for youth, educators and cultural artists; to support the design and delivery of Participatory Arts as a part of the national curriculum; and to collaborate with project team to explore the challenges and successes of the use of Participatory Arts across the sector in Rwanda. Phase one of the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) project will explore and evaluate the use of participatory arts through the adaptation of cultural forms for dialogic purposes with young people. In collaboration with the Rwandan Board of Education, the project will support the design and delivery of Participatory Arts as part of the national curriculum in Rwanda and, through its critical review stage, explore the challenges and successes of Participatory Arts across the sector. MAP forms the Rwanda strand of the first Phase of our GCRF Network Plus project Changing the Story, of which Professor Ananda Breed (University of Lincoln) and Hope Azeda (Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts) are Co-Investigators.

Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts BRIDGE project, Rwanda

This initial pilot project will work in the Eastern Province of Rwanda with the Board of Education, cultural artists, educators and youth workers through a series of workshops including a training of trainers and youth camps. The design for MAP originated out of an earlier International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) project entitled Youth Theatre for Peace (YTP). Professor Ananda Breed (University of Lincoln and Co-I of Changing the Story) designed the YTP model in response to USAID’s request for people-to-people approaches that create opportunities for contact and exchange between adversarial groups.

You can see resources related to the MAP and YTP projects in our resources pages, including a toolkit of related exercises which can be found here.

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Theory of Change

The Theory of Change model will be used to plan project activities aiming for short-term, medium-term and long-term impacts. During the initial scoping visit and curriculum development workshops (March 2018) participants will learn more about participatory and interdisciplinary (Drama, Dance, Music, Video) arts practices that can be adapted towards dialogic purposes. The workshops and initial scoping visit will inform the development of an arts-based curriculum to be delivered to participating educators and cultural artists within a training of trainers (June 2018). The intended long-term impact would include the integration of participatory arts methodologies within the national curriculum and greater uptake of Performing Arts training in schools and Higher Education. Outputs from Phase One includes a curriculum manual, cultural arts workshops and training of trainers, youth camp and dissemination event and the establishment of art clubs and/or arts-based elective within schools in the Eastern Province.

Critical Review

The critical review focus will be based on a practice-based exploration of participatory arts practice using the MAP project as a key indicator to capture the cultural specificity of the arts within the context of conflict/reconciliation practices working with young people in Rwanda. Country specific questions for the critical review process may include:

  • How are cultural forms used within campaigns of nation building post-genocide?
  • How might cultural forms be adapted for dialogic purposes? What are some of the current practices in this regard?
  • How are participatory arts being used across the sector? What are some of the challenges and successes?
  • What terms need to be considered within this process? Kinyarwanda specific terminology?
  • What existing quantitative (and qualitative) data is available from existing IOs, CSOs, NGOs, etc?
  • What evaluative tools might work best within the MAP project? Youth based leadership within this area?

Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts BRIDGE project, Rwanda

Evaluation activities include: scoping visit to inform activity development; baseline survey before and after activities; focus groups and surveys; long-term tracking focus on students, teachers, partner groups and audiences.

The dissemination event will be conducted during one of the final days of the youth camp scheduled from 13 – 31 August and will consist of youth-based productions devised during the MAP project alongside video documentation and an invited seminar including project partners and the wider public alongside potential candidates for Phase Two applicants.

To find out more about Mobile Arts for Peace, or any of the other Changing the Story project strands, contact us or follow us on Twitter #ChangingTheStory.

1 Comment

  • Jean Marie Vianney Ntawirema says:

    Very fantastic!!!!!
    After serving as an Teacher/Adult facilitator in phase one,I was very determined to see the feed back from the community(at my school and local community).

    Actually on one hand:
    Sincerely speaking,at Rwamagana Leaders School in Eastern Province of Rwanda,the trained youths and teachers have founded a very strong MAP club meeting every Tuesday in afternoon.The school officials and teachers were involved and found MAP activities very important bringing great inputs in Teaching and Learning process.
    One of the club’s big achievements was A 2019 National Heroes Day Celebration where MAP Club organized that.The students performed a Participatory Drama,Dances,Drownings and songs.The drama performance was about one category of Rwandan heroes(Students from Nyange)killed as they refused to separate in ethnics.The drama
    involved the spectators who became spect-actors to replace a protagonist to show what they would do if they would have been her.MAP director was invited by the club and he appreciated the event so much.

    Therefore,the school officials asked us(Teacher trainers)to plan a 6hours Professional development on April27,2019.The purpose is to provide all the Teachers with MAP skills, activities and ressources useful in classes and outside.

    On the other hand:
    One day I tried to ask to share what Mobile Arts for Peace is,A group of youths performing drama in one of the villages of Kabare Sector,Kayonza district in East of Rwanda;they said:”Wow!We can’t wait to learn those new drama techniques!!!!”
    The club use to perform drama during Genocide annual commemoration.They think it’ll be supper to involved audiences in drama.Moreover,the cell leader who always support that club called “Ndumunyarwanda”(I am a Rwandan)said that it will help them in the community education especially about Unity and reconciliation and solving conflicts among people as it it a very big deal in society management.

    As a conclusion, the phase one was impressive .I saw the community strongly warmly embracing Mobile Arts for Peace in Phase one.
    I can now say:
    “Welcome Phase two!!!!”

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