Guest post – reflections from Aayat Alqormozi

Guest post – reflections from Aayat Alqormozi

It was so hard to leave Norway after the enjoyable 22 days. Additionally, it is not easy to choose a day or an event as the best. Everything was on the point. All the events, trips and meetings was extraordinary! All the people from the volunteers to the participants were so friendly and lovely to the extent that make the farewell so hard! The snow was amazing! I love the white because it always reminds me of the peace! I traveled to many places in Norway. I've been to Tromsø, Trondheim, Røros, Oslo and Kristiansand. I built many of unforgettable memories in all of these cities. And I learnt more and more from each and every person that I have met! I heard about many struggles and uprisings that I have never heard before. Actually, that what I was looking for! Meeting many people and listening to their stories and about their countries. They are really inspiring people who filled me with energy and...
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Aayats birthday and horseback riding in Tydal

Aayats birthday and horseback riding in Tydal

Hello dear readers! During Aayat’s visit to Trondheim both she and all the volunteers in the Peace Project have had pretty busy schedules so we made sure to have some fun and relaxing breaks! We kicked this off on the second day of the festival with a traditional Norwegian birthday celebration for Aayat. The current and previous Student Peace Prize team and Aayat’s host family were all invited. The celebration had to include the birthday song and cake – of course! In addition to this we added some fun traditional party games such as the “chair game” and “put the heart on the ISFiT-horse”. We all had a great time and the birthday girl was very happy.   The Peace Project and Aayat were so lucky to visit the Patrusli farm in Tydal. It was quite an adventure, both in finding our way there and to have dinner inside a lavvo! Once we arrived at Patrusli we were dressed up in warm suits (which...
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Aayat Alqormozi in ISFiT 2017

Aayat Alqormozi in ISFiT 2017

Hello everyone! ISFiT 2017 has just come to and end, and we in the Peace Project have spent many days together with Aayat Alqormozi in Trondheim. As mentioned in an earlier blog post we invited Aayat back to Norway and ISFiT to support her in spreading her message and share her story about her fight for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech. So in addition to being a regular participant in one of ISFiT’s workshops, she has held several workshops, speeches and presentations. On 12th of February Aayat held a speech at one of ISFiT’s plenary sessions together with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2003, Dr. Shirin Ebadi. The laureates talked about their work for peace, the situation in the Middle East and their personal sacrifice for their work for human rights. Aayat also visited two high schools in Trondheim at 13th of February. She attended their class in “politics and human rights”. She shared her story and talked about the...
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Aayat Alqormozi’s visit in Tromsø, Røros and Oslo

Aayat Alqormozi’s visit in Tromsø, Røros and Oslo

Dear readers, here is a new update from us! The main goal for The Peace Project is to follow up the work of former Student Peace Prize laureates, through concrete projects to promote peace, democracy and human rights. The Peace Project has therefore invited Aayat Alqormozi (Student Peace Prize laureate of 2015) to Norway and ISFiT 2017, to share her story, tell students about the situation in Bahrain and to inspire others to fight for a better world. Aayat arrived in Norway 30.01.2017, and after two days in Trondheim she went to Tromsø with Ingrid Eriksen (Head of Peace Project) to visit Amnesty International Region North. The purpose of the visit was to give a speech to the volunteers in Amnesty to tell them how important their work is. Amnesty worked hard to get Aayat out of prison i Bahrain, so the meeting was special for both Aayat and the volunteers in Amnesty. After two days in Tromsø the tour continued to Røros,...
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Thoughts on the follow-up project in Timor-Leste

Thoughts on the follow-up project in Timor-Leste

Dear beautiful people, Since we arrived back in Norway, we, the Peace Project team has gotten some time to reflect on our projects, and we will share some of our thoughts in this final post about our trip to Timor-Leste. As you may know, the Peace Project worked on two main projects while we were in Timor-Leste; the five-days seminar and the renovation of the Peace Centre. When it comes to the seminar we were all pleased. The seminar was a success, all the participants seemed to enjoyed it and the workshop-groups collaborated really well despite that the participants didn’t know each other from before and that they came from different backgrounds.  We were also very impressed with how the girls took a more and more active role in group discussions throughout the seminar. Even though the seminar went well, we did face some practical challenges. First of all, the language. Not many spoke English, and none of us spoke Portuguese...
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Guest post – Reflection on the seminar

Guest post – Reflection on the seminar

Hello dear people! As the seminar is over, we have been lucky enough to get a reflection paper on the seminar from José da Costa Pereira Soares, one of the participants at the seminar. Reflection on Student Peace Prize Seminar Once I heard that there would be a seminar organized by Norway Student Peace Prize (SPP) and Peace Center-UNTL, I immediately said yes. Because, what came up in my mind at the time, was that I wanted to get to know more about Student Peace Prize and Peace Center, practice my English Language and be connected with new people from different places.   Overall, I enjoyed the seminar very much. All the themes we had were very interesting, especially the theme “Sustainability and Climate Crisis”, because this is what Timor-Leste and the world is facing now. Mr. Adão Barbosa’s lecture was about climate change and sustainable agriculture; he tried to tell us the causes and the effects of climate change in the world and...
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Seminar day 5 – Future

Seminar day 5 – Future

Dear all faithful readers (and you new ones) Today was the fifth, and last day of the seminar, and the theme was “Future”. The aim for the day was to make the participants reflect over their hopes for the future both individual and societal. The seminar started with a workshop on the future of Timor-Leste. The participants were divided into the same workshop-groups, before they got three different questions to discuss. First they discussed how the situation in Timor-Leste is today, especially in regards to development. Secondly they discussed how Timor-Leste is realistically in 10 years, and lastly where they hope Timor-Leste is in 10 years. After each of these questions the groups were asked to sum up what they discussed in one sentence and present it to the whole group. This was followed by another final question, if the hope and what’s realistic in 10 years is different, why? And what can be done to achieve the hope for the country?...
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Seminar day 4 – Political Engagement

Seminar day 4 – Political Engagement

Ola! The topic of the fourth seminar day has been political engagement, with a focus on the type of peaceful activism which Antero da Silva and ETSSC won the Student Peace Prize for. We started the day with a lecture by Prof. Antero da Silva on non-violent activism. The volunteer Dorcy started the session by presenting iconic figures such as Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa for inspiration. Antero made the presentation engaging by tying his own upbringing and life to the history of the Indonesian occupation. The first workshop of the day was started with an exercise called “the chairs”. The objective of it was to see how people communicated when having different goals to reach a similar solution. At first it went quite peacefully and well, but once we introduced a new conflict by stealing chairs we created an almost anarchistic situation! The affected participants protected their chairs and stole them back while others watched with interest, due...
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Seminar day 3 – Sustainable development and climate crisis

Seminar day 3 – Sustainable development and climate crisis

Hi-ha-hello! Today was the third day of seminar, and the theme of the day was “Sustainable development and climate crisis”. The seminar started with a lecture by Adao Soares Barbosa, a professor at the agriculture faculty at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL), on climate change and sustainable agriculture. The lecture focused on the impacts of climate change in Timor-Leste, now and for the coming years, and how Timor-Leste can handle such crisis, especially when it comes to agriculture. Professor Barbosa also mentioned the United Nation Convention of Climate Change (UNCCC), as a global agreement on climate change, with the aim to cut greenhouse gases, ensure food security and economic growth as well as achieve sustainable ecosystems. The participants responded with a lot of questions to Professor Barbosa, which resulted in a delayed snack break, which of course, was no problem. After the snack break, we continued the seminar with a workshop called “in the other’s shoes”. The workshop was supposed to make...
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Seminar day 2: Diversity

Seminar day 2: Diversity

Yesterday we had our second day of seminar, and this time, we got to borrow a huge room in the Ministry of Solidarity, and best of all, it had air-condition! We started of the day with some name games, so that everyone got to know one another better. The theme of the day was Diversity, so after we learned each other’s names, we had a session called ‘the diverse me’. In this session, everyone thought of 3 things that makes them unique. After, they would go in couples and discuss these things. Some of the things were also true for the other person, some were not, and they later talked about how they could use their differences to help  each other. Up next we had a lecture by the “Women, peace and leadership” (WPL) group which is under the Peace Centre at UNTL, and was founded 18.08.2012. It is organized by volunteers who focus on developing women’s skills, especially to ensure...
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