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July 5-7, 2013

Pictures of volunteering activities youth-participants in YCC-July 2013

Several participants of the Youth Civic Camps of 2012 and 2013 have conducted volunteering activities.

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Three youth-participants in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013, participated in the ToT training workshop for youth about minorities organized by Msarat Organization on September 18 – 22, 2013.

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During the month of September, Ms. Murouge Emad Zangana, one the participants in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013 planted tree-seedlings in Babil Province.

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On September 29, 2013, Ms. Noor Amer, student participant in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013, directed a special art gallery for orphans in Najaf Province.  The Art gallery was held in Madenat Alsalam Park in Najaf Province.

On August 13, 2013, Ms. Murouge Emad Zangana, one the participants in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013 presented gifts to children through the Red Crescent in Kirkuk.

On August 16 and 17, Ms. Noor Amer, one of the youth participants in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013, have conducted an activity of dialogue aiming to raise awareness about the lifestyles inside and outside Najaf City, trying to solve problems in Najaf city, through utilizing solutions used in other provinces.

On July 2, 2013 the Iraq Foundation (IF) launched the 4th Youth Civic Camps of summer 2013 at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimaniya (AUIS).  The Civic Camps lasted for 3 days, with 50 female and male university students participant.  These participants were from different Iraqi provinces and universities.

The goal of this Civic Camp is to develop the education of the youth participants on the democracy processes, civic awareness, and methods of peaceful solutions for disputes.

Read the full press release in English and Arabic here.

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2013

  

  

DEADLINE: May 15, 2013

IF is launching its fourth year of “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S)! IF is preparing for Youth Civics Camp 2013. IF is looking for 50 Iraqi students from across Iraq’s 18 provinces to participate in the camps scheduled to run from June 30 until July 4 2013.

During the Youth Civics Camp, students will train on civic education, including the ‘eDemocracy’ curriculum newly developed by the Iraq Foundation and Freedom House for use at the high school and undergraduate levels. Special modules in the curriculum will deal with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, film editing, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.

Youth will learn valuable leadership skills and become familiar with primary characteristics of liberal democracies and how their civic duties play a central part in maintaining the country’s peace and freedom. The training will also address youth’s role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also will gain knowledge about civic action via the internet, including how to better use blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and how to get out their messages and widen their networks among other civic minded youth.

Arabic Announcement

2013 Youth Civics Camp Application

2013 Youth Civics Camp Recommendation Letter

On January 25, 2013, the Iraq Foundation (IF) held a drawing exhibition in the yard of the Baghdad Provincial Council’s “Cultural Forum Building”, located in the famous Al-Mutanabi Street. The 18 portraits were a product of Al-Rafidain Colors Art Gallery.

The topics of these portraits aimed at raising national awareness, highlighting national identity regardless of affiliations, and creating a spirit of communication among university student, while emphasizing group work among painters.

Many people visited the exhibition that took place from 08:30AM to 01:00PM.  The event was covered by multiple television channels including Al-Iraqia, Al-Rasheed, Al-Masar-1, and Al-Najaf TV.  They conducted interviews with multiple IF-Staff and visitors.  Artist Mr. Jamal Al-Tayeb, interviewed by two channels stated:” This is a very distinguished art exhibition because it addresses people in a simple and expressive art language.”

Also in January, IF broadcasted a short video on the theme of overcoming sectarianism on Al-Iraqia Satellite Channel. “Al-Khaima” (The Tent) by Mr. Ali Al-Ka’bi from Al-Muthana province and student participant in IF’s Interfaith Cooperation Project produced the video as part of a competition on peaceful coexistence.

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Small Grants – PEDP, November-December 2012S

On November 2 2012, the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project was concluded. The grant project was implemented by Ms. Iman Mizher from Baghdad. Ms. Mizher held nine awareness sessions for women, on conflict resolution and mediation skills. The project aims at promoting conflict resolution and giving women a bigger role in peace promotion.

On November 26-28, the 1st Art exhibition was held part of the Al-Rafudain Colors Art Exhibition Project at the Al-Mustansirya University, College of Administration and Economics in Baghdad. It was the first of two art exhibitions of 18 portraits, painted by 9 painters. Implemented by Mr. Ahmed Hassan Dakhil, this project aims at raising national awareness among university students, highlighting national identity regardless of affiliations, creating a spirit of communication, and emphasizing cooperation among painters.

The 2nd Art exhibition was held at Baghdad University’s Media College, on November 29, and December 2 and 3.

On December 25, 2012, IF exhibited 18 portraits, product of Al-Rafidain Colors Project of small grants projects-cycle 4, at The Institute of Fine Arts for Girls in Baghdad.

On December 27, 2012, IF participated in the Second Feminist Art Festival held in Baghdad, through exhibiting 4 portraits.

Short Video Competition

On November 28 and 29, IF broadcasted the 2 best youth-produced short videos on Al-Fayhaa TV: Al-Khaima (the Tent) by Mr. Ali Al-Ka’bi, student participant completed Interfaith Cooperation Project, and Awdat Watan (The Return of the Homeland) by Mr. Ahmed Imad, Mr. Tariq Sadiq, and Ms. Ban Sadiq, student participants in the Youth Civic Camps of 2012.  The students are from Baghdad Province.

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Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project

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Oct. 13: 2nd session: Aswar Baghdad Org, 14 women participants

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Oct. 15: 3rd session: Amnat Al-Sadr High school for girls-Sadr City-Baghdad, 23 women participants

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Oct. 22: 4th session: Alfathael High school for girls-Alrashad area-Baghdad, 35 women participants

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Oct. 22: 5th session: Aba Al-Ahrar Org.-Alobaidi area-Baghdad, 16 women participants

Al-Rafidain Colors Art Gallery Project 
From November 26 to 28, the grantee held his 1st Art Gallery at the College of Administration and Economics, Al-Mustansirya University in Baghdad 
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On November 29, and December 2 to 3, the grantee held his 2nd Art Gallery at the Media College, Baghdad University.

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Al-Rafidain Colors Art Gallery Project 
18 Portraits exhibited in Al-Mustansirya University and Baghdad University 
  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

    
  

  

 

   

   

     

Brochure of Al-Rafidain Colors Art Gallery-Small Grants-Cycle 4
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On December 25, 2012, IF exhibited 18 portraits, product of Al-Rafidain Colors Project of small grants projects-cycle 4, at The Institute of Fine Arts for Girls in Baghdad.

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On December 27, 2012, IF participated in the Second Feminist Art Festival held in Baghdad, through exhibiting 4 portraits of Al-Rafidain Colors Project/ from SG Projects, cycle

Small Grants Activities: 

On October 10 and 18, Ms. Raneen A’aed Rasheed of Dahouk and grantee for the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection Project carried out a number of activities, including:

  • Providing a brief educational session that discussed the project, means to develop cooperation among people of different ethnicities and religions in order to strength their joint work on multiple issues.  The session also discussed the importance of preserving the environment and tourism locations.
  • On these two days, Ms. Raneen implemented two campaigns of planting trees: The campaigns involved planting 100 different types of trees in the Bandowa tourist area by 10 volunteering youth.  The second campaign of planting trees was implemented in Dear Boon Toursim Area by 7 youth volunteers, including teachers.

Ms. Iman Mizher of Baghdad and grantee for the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project has implemented four awareness sessions to women on conflict resolution and mediation skills.

Other Youth Activities:

On October 7, three youth that participated in the Youth Civic Camps (YCC) of 2012 volunteered to presented one educational session at the Media College-Baghdad to 22 students and talked about their participation experience at the YCC.

Finally:  five youth participants in the YCC-2012 started implementing work fellowships in five partner NGOs of Civic Society Leaders/ Democratization Program-PEDP. These NGOs are in Baghdad and other provinces.

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On October 18, youth planted trees in Dearboon Tourism Area as part of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection Project.

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Photos of the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project

On October 13, the 2nd session was held at the Aswar Baghdad Organization with 4 women participants.

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On October 15, the 3rd session was held at Amnat Al-Sadr High school for girls in Sadr City-Baghdad with 23 women participants.

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On October 22, the 4th session was held at Alfathael High school for Girls in the Alrashad area of Baghdad with 35 women participants.

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On October 22, the 5th session was held at Aba Al-Ahrar Organization in the Alobaidi are of Baghdad with 16 women participants.

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Youth Program– Small Grants-Cycle 2:
On September 14, Mr. Al-Yassiri held the final meeting at the Hall of the Youth Development Association in Baghdad. This was an evaluation meeting for the project’s workshops aimed at measuring success and achieved outcomes  The meeting was attended by 29 participants, 22 male and 7 female.

Small Grants-Cycle 3: IF selected the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project (awarded to Ms. Iman Mizher)Project goal: Conflict resolution through women-led mediation aimed at giving women a bigger role in peace promotion. In order to achieve the above-mentioned goal, the grantee held a two-day ToT training for a total of 16 women in mediation, peace-building and conflict resolution.  Participants are in turn expected to hold more training on mediation and conflict resolution in their homes, offices, and schools.  The two-day ToT was held at the Aswar Organization in Baghdad from September 7-8, 2012.  

Small Grants-Cycle 4:
Grantee: Ahmed Razak Chijeel (Baghdad) – Projected concluded.
Project Title: Neighborhood Clean-up
Project goal: Spread the spirit of fraternity, friendship and partnership through a campaign designed to promote importance of cleanliness of the environment for society and individuals. The project was launched on September 1, and completed September on 22nd. The project started with lecture sessions on the project’s purpose and facts and figures about the environment and pollution in Iraq. The lecture sessions that were held on September 17, 19, and 21 were followed by cleaning campaigns on September 18, 20, 22.  The campaigns were designed to implement what was learned during the sessions the day before.

Small Grants-Cycle 4:
Grantee: Raneen A’aed Rasheed. (Dahouk)
Project title: Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection.
Project goal: Enhance coherence, cooperation between youth from different sects and religions and hygiene awareness and environment protection. 
Ms. Rasheed held 4 educational workshops in Dahouk Province from July 12- September 23. Dohuk’s population includes Kurds, Arabs, Kaldeans, Yazidis and Assyrians. The training sessions started by emphasizing the importance of collaboration between Iraqis of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds and the need to spread the culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The workshops then covered the importance of preserving a clean environment, and the role of government, NGOs and other institutions in promoting a clean environment. A total of 92 male and female participants attended the workshops.

On September 23, the grantee of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection implemented the 4th hygiene educational workshop.

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Final meeting at the Hall of the Youth Development Association in Baghdad held on September 14, 2012

Two-day ToT training held at the Aswar Organization in Baghdad from September 7-8, 2012.

Neighborhood Clean-up Project in Baghdad

Educational workshop held in Dahouk as part of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection

Small Grants projects/ 4th cycle – 2012

The Grantee:Mustafa Mohammad Reza (Baghdad) – Project concluded.

Project Title: Peace Marathon

Project goal: A marathon dedicated to national unity, participation in elections, and to renounce sectarian violence.

On August 22, Mr. Mustafa Mohammed Reza, the grantee from Baghdad coordinated with local officials and security authorities to offer protection and medical support to the marathon participants. In preparation for the marathon, the grantee purchased 100 T-Shirts labeled, “Peace Marathon,” 100 medals and two trophies.  The marathon took place on September 14. 65 runners participated with medals awarded to the winners and custom t-shirts designed for the project distributed to all the participants. The marathon started at the Al-Dufairi Mosque, Sunni Mosque in Al-Nasir District to Al-Rasoul Mosque, Shi’at Mosque.  By end of the marathon, the two winners were awarded a trophy.

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On July 12, 19, and 22, Ms. Raneen A’aed Rasheed, implementer of The Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism locations and Environment Protection Project in Dahouk Province held 3-day hygiene awareness sessions.

The goal of the project is to enhance cooperation among youth from different sects and religions and at the same time, support hygiene awareness and environment protection.  The sessions were held at The Cultural Center of Domaiz area, the Cultural Center of Sumail area, and at Big Kityara Cultural Center in Alkoush area.  All these 3 areas are in Dahouk Province.

In each session, Ms. Rasheed welcomed the participants, and presented a brief summary about the Iraq Foundation and the PEDP Project.  Topics of the sessions covered: the importance of a clean environment, particularly at touristic sites, and how to maintain these areas clean.  The participants in these 3 sessions were from different religions and ethnicities, which included:  Kurds, Arabs, Muslims, Ezidis, Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians.

At the end of each session, Ms. Rasheed suggested to the attendees to create groups of youth, men and women form different religions and ethnicities to clean their neighborhoods and tourism areas they visit.  The participants welcomed the idea.

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