IREX Europe has completed the final stage in a series youth trainings, transferring skills in DCT to young Kenyans, Somali Kenyans and Somali refugees. The young adults have formed theatre groups and prepared eight plays on themes such as recruitment by Al Shabaab of vulnerable youth, female genital mutilation, discrimination toward disabled people and isolation issues such as ID card discrimination. IREX Europe has been running DCT training working groups in the multicultural district of Majengo in a project funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The project is a continuation of IREX Europe’s work in Kenya and Somalia using theatre as a tool for conflict mitigation, and through its TOT methodology is ensuring local organisations gain skills in this conflict mitigation methodology.
During April and May, youth will perform their eight plays to diverse audiences, including actors capable of changing ‘locked’ community problems – for instance, for the ID card discrimination play, which involves a community chief refusing an ID card to a Kenyan-Somali, the youth will invite the Chief of the Community, NGO workers, and youth to attend – actors capable of resolving the problem by either being in a situation of power or advocacy. In the forum theatre methodology, after the play the audience will be invited to step in and replace one of the characters – allowing individuals to see how to resolve community problems for themselves which appear ‘locked.’ These theatre performances are estimated to reach an audience of 1200 through their 24 performances, raising awareness and enabling constructive discussion on societal problems.
Youth will also conduct up to 26 community workshops to other youth, allowing up to 400 Kenyan and Somali youth in Majengo and Changamwe districts of Mombasa to develop their leadership abilities and to help other youth benefit from the forum theatre methodology. Youth prepared for this assignment through two intensive trainings which build their skills in play development and public speaking (January and March 2012) led by the 26 Kenyan and Somali trainers trained in December 2011 by IREX Europe’s DCT expert Christine Cox.
To learn more about the project, please visit: Kenya: Theatre to Promote Peace and Understanding among Kenyan and Somali communities
To learn more about the Training of Trainers in December 2011, please visit: 27 Kenyans and Somalis Complete Conflict Mitigation Training of Trainers in Mombasa
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