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Stopping conflict through picture books and theater ~Communication WS 2023 in Iraq~

[Hybrid event/Free for students]

Conflict" lurks around us. Sparks can be found everywhere in our daily lives, such as bullying at school, conflicts at work, and fights in the family.

In Iraq, a conflict zone, a wide variety of ethnic groups and religions are intertwined, and there is always the danger that a small spark could lead to a major war.

PCP works with the concept of "stopping conflicts through picture books and theater" to break the chain of retaliation that has been passed down from generation to generation in Iraq. doing. We believe that by developing imagination through picture books and learning to think from another person's point of view through theater, we can achieve deep communication and dialogue that transcends divisions.

Last year, we invited theater practitioner Satoshi Hanasaki and held a communication workshop using theatrical methods in collaboration with National University of Duhok. . The responses from students and teachers were very positive, with comments such as ``I learned that I need to pay attention to others who have different opinions,'' and ``It was great to be able to learn through hands-on physical activity, not just at a desk.'' There was a voice.

And in 2023, we will meet Kenjiro Otani, who has held numerous workshops overseas as a director, and Futaba Mirai Gakuen, who has been in charge of theatrical communication for many years. We invited Ms. Kanako Saito, who is currently working on the project, to Duhok, Iraq, and held a workshop using theatrical methods.

The target audience was extremely wide, including local elementary school teachers, NGO staff, and university students. Some of them are now providing support to children, even though they themselves were victims of the ISIS invasion in 2014. Their positive attitude and sincere gaze toward the workshop made me think about so many things.

From next year, we will finally work on curriculum development and qualification in collaboration with Duhok University. In this event, we will talk with the two of them about what they learned from the workshop they held in Iraq, the power of theater to overcome division, and future prospects for peacebuilding!

If you are interested in education using theater or peacebuilding activities in conflict areas, we would be happy if you could come and listen! We look forward to seeing you at the venue/online.

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Peace Cell Project, General Incorporated Association

Stopping conflict with picture books and theater

Communication Workshop 2023 in iraq

▶︎Date and time

October 20th (Friday) 19:00-21:00 *Door opens at 18:40

▶︎Ticket fee (venue participation/online)

1,000 yen/person *Free for students

┗Click here to purchase tickets


◇Online: Zoom

┗It will be sent to those who have purchased tickets *It will be sent to all those who have applied, regardless of whether it is at the venue or online

◇Offline: JICA Global Plaza 201

┗Please visit us directly.

10-5 Ichigaya Honmura-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8433 (inside JICA Ichigaya Building)

Nearest stations: JR Ichigaya Station, Toei Shinjuku Line Akebonobashi Station

Please check the link for directions and a map.

(Note) This is not the JICA headquarters (Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku/Nearest station "Kojimachi").

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Kenjiro Otani

Director, specially appointed associate professor at Toho Gakuen College of Art. He has directed plays of various genres, from children's plays to puppet shows, classical plays to contemporary plays, regional plays to international co-productions. From 2017 to 2021, he served as the world director of ASSITEJ (International Theater Association for Children and Youth), working to develop theater for young people. He also facilitates various workshops for children, young people, adults of various abilities, and professionals around the world, including the Museum Theater at the Tokyo National Museum.

Kanako Saito

Fukushima Prefectural Futaba Mirai Gakuen High School, English teacher, drama/exploration teacher, drama club advisor. In 2012, he was assigned to Iwaki Prefectural High School and taught a drama class, which led him to become involved in communication education using theater techniques. Since then, he has continued to work hard to spread theater education both inside and outside of schools for over 10 years, and by working with students on a wide range of topics, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident, he has seen changes in communication between students and opportunities for students to connect with the local community. continues to produce. In the drama club's activities, the students create works using the dividing method based on their experiences, and have participated in national competitions twice.

Nahoko Takato

Representative director of Peace Cell Project, a general incorporated association. 23 years of overseas volunteer experience. He has been active in Iraq, a conflict area, for 20 years. Four years ago, he moved to Duhok in northern Iraq and started the Peace Cell Project, which specializes in peace education and ecology, with colleagues from Japan and Iraq.

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✼••┈┈┈What is PCP? ┈┈┈••✼

Peace Cell Project

The founder is Nahoko Takato. A general incorporated association specializing in peace education and environmental protection in Iraq, made up of Japanese and Iraqi educators, aid workers, designers, playwrights, actors, and volunteers.

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