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The 3rd and the 4th, final Youth civic camps were held from July 1-5 for 5 consecutive days.  Each training group consisted of 25 female and male youth participants.  These two trainings took place at the American University in Iraq- Sulaimaniya (AUI-S) simultaneously. Participants were trained on the following topics:  citizenship, constitutional education, internet democracy, film editing, and social networking (Facebook, Twitter, and blogging).

During the training sessions, youth participants established positive relationships with students from the AUI-S, who helped the participants become familiar with the university. During the extracurricular activities, the participants received information from IF about the concept of civil society organizations, networking mechanisms, the relation between the executive and legislative entities.

Youth were also encouraged to participate in volunteer activities. 30 youth participants from the 3rd and 4th training camps presented 30 volunteering activities’ proposals. The Iraq Foundation will follow up with on these proposed activities.

A group of the AUI-S students organized a football match with youth participants in the camp.  The match took place at the AUI-S football field.    AUI-S students became group members with the participants of the YCC during the training sessions.

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2012

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IF launched its third “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S) from June 24-28 and July 1-5.

The Civic Camps were held over a two week period, back-to-back.  Two groups of youth participants were trained in each week. Each group included a range between 20 to 29 student participants. The total number of participated youth was 101 (36 female and 65 male). The participants were from university level and from different provinces and colleges.

The training curricula of this year’s camp included: human rights, citizenship, constitutional education, film editing, documentary film production, social networking, and democracy and civic society education. The camp included social activities to build friendships between the participants in the youth camps and the AUI-S students. These activities included a football match between the youth participants and the AUI-S students, and the camp participants attended a play presented by the AUI-S students.  The camps drew the attention of Iraqi officials; Dr. Barham Salih, former Prime Minister of Kurdistan.  The Youth Camps were concluded with a number of suggestions of activities which will be followed up.  These activities aim to benefit different categories of the Iraqi society.  The goal of these activities is to spread the democratic concepts of which youth participants gained an understanding during the camps to the broader society.

The camps included screenings for documentaries that are produced from some participants in the youth camps, who are also members of the documentary production teams of the ongoing Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP).  These screenings had positive impact on the participants: they became more knowledgeable about Iraq’s society diversity, gained awareness about the rituals and acts of worship and the values ​​of religions in Iraq, and the documentaries changed their views positively.

Al-Furat and Al-Rasheed Satellite Channels covered the camps’ activities in the media.

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2012

Youth Civics Camps-Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 (June 24 to 28, 2012

 
Participants of Week 1: Group 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012. Students with Ms. Selwa Gailani (COO-IF)


Participants of Week 1: Groups 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012. Students with Dr. Layla Aladhami (trainer on Citizenship)


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012 – session by Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Madani, Trainer.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012- Ms. Suhaila Al-Asadi, Trainer on the Constitution.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012 with Mr. Asa’ad Al-Hilali, Trainer.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: Students watching screening of an interfaith documentary that was produced by one the teams-participants in current IF-Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP).


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: conducting an interview by the students.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012 with Mr. Falah Al-Aalousi, IF-PEDP Staff.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: Participants received their participation certificates in the Youth Civic Camps, with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer on Citizenship.

Youth Civics Camps-Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 (July 1 to 5, 2012)


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2: Students with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer and Ms. Dhefaf Al-Jarahi, IF Staff.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2, 2012


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2: Students with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2, 2012 with Mr. Asa’ad Al-Hilali, Trainer.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 3 and 4, 2012 – session by Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Madani, Trainer on Democracy Web and social Networking.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 3 and 4, 2012


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 5, 2012: Students with Ms. Suhaila Al-Asadi, Trainer on the Constitution.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 5, 2012: Students conducting extracurricular activity.

Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July5, 2012:Participants received their participation certificates in the Youth Civic Camps, with Ms. Dhefaf Al-Jarahi, IF-Staff

IF is pleased to announce the winners of the short film contest, which was launched last September  as part of the Post Election Democracy Project’s efforts to engage Iraqi youth in promoting peaceful conflict resolution across sectarian lines!  The prize winners are Sadik Taher Ameen for his film entitled “The Promising Future”, and Nawar Wa’el Jabar for “The Jewel of Iraqi Brotherhood”.  These films were broadcast recently on  Al-Furat satellite TV and aired across Iraq.  IF was pleased with the interest and range of submissions and it was no easy task to pick the winners!

Watch winning film, “The Promising Future”

This film urges people to accept each other, live in peace, and understand the concept of national identity regardless religious affiliation. The video features a phone discussion between a mother in her son who is living abroad. When the son inquires about their neighbors, she informs him that their neighbor woman who is their friend has passed away because of the suffering caused by the loss of her son died in a roadside bomb.

Watch winning film, “The Jewel of Brotherhood”

This video tells the story of 4 college students sharing the same room in the college’s dorms.  When one of the students’ father learned that his son is sharing a room with students from a different religion, he gave him a choice between finding different room or leaving the college. His son and three roommates decided to talk to the father, and convince him that despite the religious difference they are priceless relationship. The father was convinced and apologized from his son and roommates.

As part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF awarded four student groups small grants to impliment activities that promote Small grants awardees started implementing their projects in the provinces in four funding rounds.

While small grants awardees continued implementing their activities in the provinces, IF selected and awarded a 3rd batch of small grants to young Iraqis interested in leading grassroots civic initiatives in December and January. IF bestowed four grants to youth to conduct the following projects:

Baghdad:

Project title: Rap Music Club 

Project goal: Promoting civic sense and involvement through the creation of a Rap Music Club for youth. Activities include a song competition (lyrics and music) between 20 young Iraqis.

Project title: Soccer Tournament for Amity and Friendship 

Project goal: Promote a sense of national belonging and fighting sectarianism through holding soccer tournaments. Activities include 10 tournaments between 6 teams composed of young Iraqis from different religious backgrounds.

Dohuk:

Project title: Multi-Sectarian Guidance Programs  

Project goal: Promote conflict resolution in a peaceful way through holding various related events. Activities include seminars, open discussions and poetry gatherings.

Project title: Clean environment in the schools

Project goal: Promote interfaith cooperation between school children through raising awareness about a clean and green environment, planting trees and shrubs with the students, offering cleaning supplies to the schools, and hanging posters about clean and green environment in the schools

4th round of Small Grants for youth as part of the PEDP project

Youth interested in leading grassroots civic initiatives apply for small grants from the Iraq Foundation to bring to life their visions for community action.  Grants will be provided in two annual cycles, following each summer Youth Civics Camp. Request for small grants applications will limit project ideas to the area of national reconciliation, conflict resolution and cross-sectarian, cross-ethnic, cross-province cooperation.  Illustrative examples of projects include: environmental protection and neighborhood clean up campaigns led by a cross-sectarian group of community youth; big brother/big sister mentoring programs across sectarian divisions; youth led community food banks; theatre groups, magazines, youth clubs, tutoring groups, child care centers, hiking clubs, etc that transcend sectarian division and promote values of national unity, peace and volunteerism.

Small Grant Application – Arabic

2012 Announcement – Arabic

IF launched its second “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S) from July 7th through the 29th. The young participants came from all Iraqi provinces including Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniyya, Erbil, Suleimaniyya, Babil, Karbala, Mosul and Maysan, Anbar, Wasit, Thi Qar, Ninawa, Najaf and Diyala. IF held a total of four back-to-back camps including four groups of 25 students each and a total of 48 girls and 52 boys. The camps ran from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm and provided civic education classes including citizen’s rights and responsibilities, civic and political rights under the Iraqi constitution, social networking, and the eDemocracy developed with Freedom House. This year’s summer camp also included a class on movie editing aimed at training students on the art of editing and encouraging students to apply to the video competition on the theme of overcoming sectarianism.

The camps trained students on 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 dealt with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.

Youth became 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 also addressed youth’s role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also gained 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.

At the end of each camp, participants created a network for which they chose a name and created a Facebook account. The names chosen were:

Group 1: So that hope becomes a reality
Group 2: Messengers of Peace
Group 3: Change Leaders
Group 4: Good intentions ambassadors

The summer camps were covered by the Iraqi media and in the AUI/S bulletin. Media Coverage for 2011 Youth Civics Camp

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2011

Camp 1: So that hope becomes a reality

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 1 – 7/ 7/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 1

Camp 2: Messengers of Peace

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 2 – 7/ 13/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 2

Camp 3: Change Leaders

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 3 – 7/ 19/ 2011

Cycle 3- D3

Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 3

Camp 4: Good intentions ambassadors

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 4 – 7/ 25/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 4

Youth interested in leading grassroots civic initiatives apply for small grants from the Iraq Foundation to bring to life their visions for community action.  Grants will be provided in two annual cycles, following each summer Youth Civics Camp. Request for small grants applications will limit project ideas to the area of national reconciliation, conflict resolution and cross-sectarian, cross-ethnic, cross-province cooperation.  Illustrative examples of projects include: environmental protection and neighborhood clean up campaigns led by a cross-sectarian group of community youth; big brother/big sister mentoring programs across sectarian divisions; youth led community food banks; theatre groups, magazines, youth clubs, tutoring groups, child care centers, hiking clubs, etc that transcend sectarian division and promote values of national unity, peace and volunteerism.

2011 Small Grants Application

IF is preparing for Youth Civics Camp 2011. IF is looking for 100 Iraqi students from accross Iraq’s 18 provinces to participate in the camps scheduled to run during the month of July 2011.

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE June 1, 2011

During the Youth Civics Camp, students will train on 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 dealt with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, 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.

Announcing YCC-2011-Deadline to apply is June 1 2011

Application form-Arabic

Recommendation letter-Arabic

As part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF awarded four student groups small grants to impliment activities that promote Small grants awardees started implementing their projects in the provinces during the month of March. The four winning projects, which were awarded last month, are as follows:

  • Mr. Layth Kadhim Bidan (Baghdad)

Project goal: Project aims at promoting peaceful coexistence in Iraqi schools through holding 31 educational workshops targeting 750 students in middle and high schools.

Activities: Activities implemented during this reporting period: 6 workshops targeting 222 students in 4 different Baghdad areas. The young participants were very engaged and eager to learn. The grantee expects to exceed his initial target beneficiaries’ number and reach out to as many as 1,000 students as many young students expressed their desire to join the workshops.

  • Mr. Ahmed Sabah Jbara (Baghdad, Dhi Qar, and Basra)

Project goal: The goal of the project is to promote peaceful coexistence through creating and showing a play (wound of the country) that discusses sectarian divisions and their detrimental consequences as well as the importance to overcome these divisions for the sake of peace and prosperity.

Activities: The grantee showed the play in Basra on March 17th at the Basra College of Arts. Two more shows are scheduled for the month of May in Baghdad and Dhi-Qar provinces.

  • Ms. Nida’a Abdulmahdi (Baghdad)

Project goal: Promoting peaceful coexistence in schools through showing a play (our students are messengers of peace) about peace and love and the detrimental effect of fighting to school children and inviting them to make drawings that illustrate their impressions after watching the play.

Activities: The grantee implemented her project from February 27th to March 23rd 2011. The project targeted 400 students and was implemented at the Dhefar Elementary School in Baghdad. The grantee asked the students to draw anything they wish before the play and after watching the play. Most of the drawings performed before watching the play included guns, tanks and fighting. Most drawings performed after watching the play, showed love, happiness and peace.  Gifts were given to the students at the end of the activity. The positive impact of the project was obvious in the nature of the drawing achieved after the play.

  • Mr. Akeel Mohammed Jawad (Babil)

Project goal: The goal of the project is to spread the values of democracy through recording and broadcasting four radio programs led by youth in the Babil province. Topics will cover: the concept of democracy and its implementation in the oriental society, youth’s role in the promotion of the values of democracy, how to reconcile between religion and democracy, and the importance of dialogue and openness to promote peaceful coexistence between Babil province residents. The programs will be broadcast 20 times on 4 different radio stations.

Activities: During this reporting period grantee recorded all four programs. The recordings lasted for ½ an hour and took place on March 25th and 26th at the Babil Radio station in Babil Province. The recorded programs will be broadcast 20 times in total on 4 local radio stations in Babil province as follows: 4 times on Al-Furatain Radio (transmission started on March 31st and will be repeated for 4 consecutive days), 8 times on Babil Radio Station (transmission will start on April 1st and will be repeated for 4 consecutive days), 4 times on Al-Hilla Radio Station (transmission started on March 31st and will be repeated for 4 consecutive days), and 4 times on Itihad Al-Sha’ab Radio Station (transmission started on March 31st and will be repeated for 4 consecutive days).

Small Grant: Nida’a Abdulmahdi-Play (Our students are messengers of peace)/ Baghdad.

3. Laith Kadhum-Educational workshops in schools (Iraq clear form sectarianism)-Baghdad.

Small Grants: Ahmed Sabah-Play of (Wound of the country)/ Basra:

4. Akeel Mohammed Jawad: Radio sessions in Babil-Enabling youth in Babil to build up democratic society.

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