Conflict Transformation Project in Chechnya and Plans for Ukraine

photo 10photo 5The second edition of this tri-lingual book in Chechen, Russian and English was published last year. 6000 copies were printed by publishers in Chechnya, donors included the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Friends’ International Library. The book can be viewed online on the new web portal: www.power-of-goodness.org/downloads.php.

In 2015 Peacebuilding UK plans to build on the work of a pilot peace education/ conflict transformation project conducted in Chechnya in 2014 that benefited 6000 school children. A new pilot project in the Ukraine will provide training and support to enable peace and tolerance education work to be initiated and take root in schools and communities throughout the country.The project will use the internet based platform www.power-of-goodness.org as a catalyst for conflict transformation activities in Chechnya and Ukraine – regions beset by different stages of violence and armed conflict. 120 teachers in 20 schools in Chechnya and around 90 teachers and trainers in Ukraine will receive training, support and resources for peace education work with thousands of pupils in schools. A peace curriculum and teacher’s training manual developed by our ‘Little Star’ psychologists over several years will be provided, based on the real-life stories of Power of Goodness with examples of nonviolence and reconciliation. The project aims to help prevent new violence by training and supporting teachers in schools to cultivate peaceful values of tolerance, nonviolence, reconciliation and justice among young people. Peacebuilding UK and partner Friends’ Peace Teams in the US also plan to conduct such work in other countries and are currently translating the stories into Indonesian and Nepalese, as well as Ukrainian.
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Delegation of North Caucasus Human Rights Activists attend Human Rights Film Festival in Bishkek

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Bir DuinoPeacebuilding UK arranged for nine North Caucasus human rights defenders, journalists and film-makers to attend the Bir Duino film festival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 5th to 15th October. The participants were inspired and empowered to experience human rights as an exciting and appealing community celebration in their friendly rapport with the vibrant, effective and confident Kyrgyz civil society. This included exposure to a wide range of global issues including migrant and LGBT rights, and encouragement to expand their professional use of audio-visual media.

10670043_912050225490803_3457951006022727193_nAccording to the well-travelled documentary film-makers present, this festival is renowned for powerfully bringing together into one creative community film directors and producers with social and civic
workers by creating safe spaces for frank discussions and passionate advocacy for causes. This visit was an inspiring, moving, intense and very dynamic experience. Much of this was due to our participants, who were enormously active, curious, open to explore new ideas and subjects – even if some of them found that challenging at times.

Фестиваль Документального Кино о Правах Человека «Бир Дуино» («Один мир») 2014 в Кыргызстане/ International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan – 2014″

Peacebuilding UK (“Миротворчествo Великобритания”) приглашает активистов, журналистов и кинематографистов Северного Кавказа на Фестиваль Документального Кино о Правах Человека «Бир Дуино» («Один мир») 2014 в Кыргызстане.

Восьмой год фестиваль Документального Кино о Правах Человека «Бир Дуино» («Один мир» на кыргызском) будет проводиться в городе Бишкек, Кыргызстан, с 7 по 11 Октября 2014 г (http://birduino.kg/events/humanrightsfilmfestival-2014/). На фестивале будут представлены документальные фильмы со всего мира, проводиться воркшопы и дискуссии совместно с кинематографистами и правозащитниками. В этом году группа правозащитников, журналистов и кинематографистов из Северного Кавказа впервые посетит фестиваль. Мы приглашаем вас присоединиться к нам и испытать вдохновляющее торжество прав человека, свободы выражения и услышать захватывающие истории, происходящие в мире. А также повстречаться с десятками сверстников и коллег из Кыргызстана, международными кинематографистами с целью обучиться, поделиться опытом и создать сеть единомышленников. После фестиваля участники буду иметь возможность провести два дня с киргизской организацией, чья деятельность направлена на защиту прав человека или вопросы СМИ, тесно связанные с их деятельностью и увидеть киргизских коллег в действии.

Каждый год осенью фестиваль Бир Дуино собирает тысячи зрителей к просмотру 35 документальных фильмов, снятых во всем мире, рассказывающих как о хорошо известных, так и о мало известных историях о защите прав человека в различных странах. Экранизация будет сопровождаться оживленными дебатами аудитории с международными кинематографистами и приглашенными экспертами по защите прав человека со всего мира, посетившими семинар. Согласно мнению международных кинематографистов, регулярно посещающих международные фестивали документального кино во всем мире; «Бир Дуино» особенный фестиваль, не только благодаря массовому интересу со стороны киргизского общества и особенно молодежи: активисты гражданского общества, волонтеры и кинематографисты, знакомятся друг с другом во время воркшопов и специальных мероприятий, передавая друг другу свой опыт. Если вам интересны новые истории в области защиты прав человека во всем мире, если вы любите документальные фильмы, если вы хотели бы увидеть киргизское гражданское общество в действии, если можете воспользоваться полученной мотивацией и позитивным опытом по возвращении домой, то мы надеемся вас увидеть на кинофестивале «Бир Дуино».

Все фильмы на фестивале будут с субтитрами на русском языке, дискуссии и темаические мероприятия также будут проводиться на русском языке. ЦМ покрывает все расходы (проезд, гостиница, суточные, местный транспорт) восьми отобранных участников из Северного Кавказа. Также все организационные вопросы, связанные с составлением для них собственной программы на время проведения фестиваля мы берем на себя.

Если вы желаете посетить кинофестиваль «Бир Дуино», напишите на наш адрес damyvmeste@gmail.com чем скорее, тем лучше и мы отправим вам анкету, которую необходимо будет подать до 15 сентября 2014 г. Вы также можете загрузить анкету здесь: http://peacebuildinguk.org/files/Application_form_Bir_Duino.doc Если вы не желаете письменно заполнять анкету, вам повезло, есть альтернатива прислать видеоответы. Мы приглашаем к участию всех, кто отвечает нижеследующим критериям. Наиболее мотивированные кандидаты, с наиболее впечатляющими результатами работы в области защиты прав человека или независимой журналистики/кинематографии в вашем регионе, буду отобраны независимым международным комитетом кинематографистов, активистами правозащитного движения и экспертами по Северному Кавказу.

Кандидат должен:

– Постоянно проживать на территории одной из республик Северного Кавказа

– Работать либо в правозащитной деятельности, либо быть активистом гражданского общества, являться журналистом печати/радиовещания или интернета; быть режиссером документального кино, иметь опыт работы в своей деятельности минимум 3 года

– Быть в возрасте минимум 21 год к моменту даты подачи заявки

– Быть свободным в течение всего периода с 5 по 15 октября, включая дату приезда и отъезда, самого фестиваля и последующих двух дней для посещения киргизской партнерской организации

– Иметь действующий заграничный паспорт к моменту подачи заявки

 

Chechen Girls’ Summer Program

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Peacebuilding UK is raising funds for a summer program to support Chechen girls, which aims to complement the work of the Young Women’s Development project. Two amazing young women role models, a film-maker and non-formal educator from New York and a writer and journalist from London (photo below), are volunteering to come to Chechnya for up to two months over the summer to spend every day with girls from our program. Please click on the link above to visit our fundraising page to learn more. Thank you!
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The Power of Goodness

Trial training workshops with teachers have been conducted using stories from Power of Goodness, and those teachers have already used the stories in their lessons at school. Their feedback to date affirms that this resource together with th…e manual is a helpful tool for creating high quality lessons. The wide selection of stories on different topics greatly facilitates the teachers’ work in the classroom. Some of the feedback is below:

Photo: Trial training workshops with teachers have been conducted using stories from Power of Goodness, and those teachers have already used the stories in their lessons at school. Their feedback to date affirms that this resource together with the manual is a helpful tool for creating high quality lessons. The wide selection of stories on different topics greatly facilitates the teachers’ work in the classroom. Some of the feedback is below:Venera Minazova, Chechen State University:The book "Power of Goodness" has become so embedded in our personal and professional life that somehow it has become a benchmark for understanding and evaluating the many events happening to us and to others. The heroes in the stories have become friends to whom we so want to introduce more people. The more I conduct sessions on the same story, the more I marvel at the many different ways that the discussions on the story can go, and at the amazing range of emotions, thoughts and memories that the heroes of the story inspire in the listeners. Anna, Poselok Michurina:"For those who remember the war in Chechnya, the story “Neigbours” brings memories flooding back like an "emotional bomb". I welled up with tears, and I could hardly hold them back. I was pregnant during the war and gave birth to Khadija. I remembered how neighbours helped me. I remember staying in the basements and one of my neighbours falling to the ground despite the mud puddles during bombing raids. Thanks to God and her ingenuity she twice miraculously survived as splinters flew above her head, literally cutting her hair. I felt so sorry for her, sadly I no longer have these neighbours near me today, they have moved far away. Everyone left. I will work with these stories during tutor group periods with my class. I believe that the stories will touch the hearts and souls of the younger generation."Irina, Poselok Michurina: "I shed a few tears. The “Neighbours” story brings together nationalities and unites them. It is impossible to distinguish between nationalities! The story teaches respect for our neighbours, and people in general. I recalled how during the war a car drove down our street, and an Arab wrapped in a scarf asked: "Do any Russians live here?" Our neighbours answered "No!" and went on "the Russians are firing from the hills!" (Which meant ‘as you’re so bold, go and fight with the military, not with defenceless civilians’. I was so touched). Our Chechen neighbours guarded, protected and loved us. How well we lived".

Venera Minazova, Chechen State University: The book “Power of Goodness” has become so embedded in our personal and professional life that somehow it has become a benchmark for understanding and evaluating the many events happening to us and to others. The heroes in the stories have become friends to whom we so want to introduce more people. The more I conduct sessions on the same story, the more I marvel at the many different ways that the discussions on the story can go, and at the amazing range of emotions, thoughts and memories that the heroes of the story inspire in the listeners.

Anna, Poselok Michurina: “For those who remember the war in Chechnya, the story “Neigbours” brings memories flooding back like an “emotional bomb”. I welled up with tears, and I could hardly hold them back. I was pregnant during the war and gave birth to Khadija. I remembered how neighbours helped me. I remember staying in the basements and one of my neighbours falling to the ground despite the mud puddles during bombing raids. Thanks to God and her ingenuity she twice miraculously survived as splinters flew above her head, literally cutting her hair. I felt so sorry for her, sadly I no longer have these neighbours near me today, they have moved far away. Everyone left. I will work with these stories during tutor group periods with my class. I believe that the stories will touch the hearts and souls of the younger generation.”

Photo: Исмаил и Анзор внимательно слушают рассказ "Мечеть" на чеченском языке в Чеченскoм госуниверситетe. Хава читает его от души.Ismail and Anzor listen attentively to the story "Mosque" in the Chechen language at the Chechen State University. Hava reads it from the heart.
Irina, Poselok Michurina: “I shed a few tears. The “Neighbours” story brings together nationalities and unites them. It is impossible to distinguish between nationalities! The story teaches respect for our neighbours, and people in general. I recalled how during the war a car drove down our street, and an Arab wrapped in a scarf asked: “Do any Russians live here?” Our neighbours answered “No!” and went on “the Russians are firing from the hills!” (Which meant ‘as you’re so bold, go and fight with the military, not with defenceless civilians’. I was so touched). Our Chechen neighbours guarded, protected and loved us. How well we lived”.