Videos can be used as a way for opposing groups to better understand and listen to each other. It's an amazing tool for "putting yourself in someone else's shoes" and also as a means of expression and dialogue within a community. Myths about the "other" can be deconstructed and new perspectives can be reached in the process of planning, making and showing a film on your community.
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Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme in Uganda

A 3-stage capacity building programme for young people in Karamoja, Northern Uganda. UNICEF's communication for development and peace building programme was designed to address conflict drivers through community drama and radio and journalism. Through one 11-day and one 7- day workshop, fourteen programme beneficiaries were trained to facilitate a participatory video and most significant change process in three communities in the region. 

 


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Children and Conflict in Southern Sierra Leone

UNICEF Sierra Leone has been exploring the linkages between education and peace building through targeted actions such as the Child Friendly Schools action research programme. The Child Friendly Schools initiative is a multi-dimensional concept of quality that addresses the total needs of the child as a learner. 


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Justice Transitionnelle

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Cote D’Ivoire experienced a decade of civil war and political crises between 2002 and 2007. Following democratic elections in 2010, the capital erupted once more into ethnically motivated violence and the politicization of children and youth, both as victims and perpetrators of divisions and violence. There are to date few nonpartisan safe spaces for youth to engage in reflection about the past conflict and in constructive dialogue about their role and responsibilities in shaping Cote d’Ivoire’s future. See all the testimonies in full here.


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Clubs Messagers de Paix

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Cote D’Ivoire experienced a decade of civil war and political crisis between 2002 and 2011. Harmful political influence has infiltrated secondary schools through politicalized and violent students and teachers syndicates and gangs, making them increasingly dangerous environments for students and staff. To address this issue, the Ministry of Education introduced The Peace Clubs, at the end of the crisis in 2011 to promote peace in schools. They are a students led mechanism for conflict prevention and resolution. 


Participatory Video Evaluation for Mercy Corps in Kenya

Mercy Corps' Financial Literacy training has been running for the last 2 years in Rift Valley province. The program was put in place to provide saving, borrowing, spending and investment skills to the funded and randomly selected youth groups within the Local Empowerment for Peace program (LEAP). Mercy Corps invited us to facilitate a participatory video evaluation with program participants in May / June 2013.


LEAP Sport Evaluation

In December 2007, Kenya - long considered one of the most stable countries in East Africa - descended into political violence following disputed presidential elections. The city of Eldoret was one of the locations where the violence escalated. Mercy Corps decided to use sport in Eldoret as a means to change perceptions between tribes, build peace, promote reconciliation and give young people a hope for the future. The program was called LEAP Sport and is being run by a local organisation called A-STEP.


A terrible day in my life

At the start of the post election violence, Peter lost his uncle during an attack on their compound. He became depressed started using drugs. He talks about how he was able to begin to address his anger and resentment for other ethnic groups on the football pitch, through the LEAP SPORT program.


Thinking Change

During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-8, David was shot by an arrow into his chest. He tells his story about how he recovered, but then developed deep resentment for another tribe. Through the LEAP SPORT programme, he was able to learn to forgive, but also to become a mediator to help resolve conflicts around him. David is now a group leader in A-STEP, he has a new life and an important role in his community.


Hope in Kabala West

In 2006 InsightShare trained researchers from the DRC network who are committed to implementing Participatory Video in their work in Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica and Mexico. This is one of the films that was made as part of the training.