As a political refugee from war-torn Afghanistan, I was moved and inspired by the ideas shared at this year´s Nansen Seminar on peace building. This four-day seminar focusing on peace building and dialogue took place on June 12-15th. We were 75 participants ranging from university students, PhD researchers and teachers to peace workers, social activists, writers and politicians.
Here, in the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue, we have been sharing experiences from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, the Balkans, Somalia and Kashmir; from Europe to Africa, and all under one roof to discuss our common goal of peace building. The seminar’s schedule included workshops, group discussions and panel sessions that were a chance for everyone to tell their stories and learn from one another’s ideas. [Read more…]
Aso Folk High School is a Swedish – Kurdish school which provides Kurdish students in Sulaymaniyah with the opportunity to get a secondary school degree. The school is free for charge and is financed by the Kurdish educational authorities.
A Swedish non-governmental organisation called Tornseglarna is supporting the school. The motivation came from the members of Tornseglarna, who had a wide experience in working with folk high schools in Sweden. They wanted to give Kurdish students an alternative school choice, based on a Swedish pedagogical framework. This framework emphatises critical thinking, reflection and an open relation with the teachers creates the basis for learning. [Read more…]