Theater For Peace - Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) (2020)

Kaluthara and Baticaloa youth group 

The “Theatre for Peace – Connect.Create.Transform” project by the Centre for Communication Training aims to mobilise youth through improvisational theatre to counter narratives of hate and separation following the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. Through residential training, 60 young people are engaged in a process of self-transformation that encourages understanding and provides space for building bridges across divides. The trained youth will then be supported to implement 20 community-level activities to share their experiences, as well as encourage community action for peacebuilding

The project aims to reach following outcomes 

  • Youths have healed their fears and grievances and learn to live together respecting diversity (e.g. understanding, shared purpose, communication skills). Youths are resilient and contribute to mutual respect and understanding among communities.
  • Youths take leadership roles in deconstructing negative myths, hate speech and revealing discriminations against different communities. They use creative arts to provoke curiosity and critical thinking to reflect on inter-communal relationships and co-existence etc.
  • Communities have positive attitudes about living together in diversity. They have trust and connections among themselves and have dialogue about their fears, insecurities, uncertainties and different and common values.