Conflict Resolution through Forum Theatre
As part of outreach activities stemming from the Beyond Borders festival in March 2006, BB Sri Lanka decided to host a series of workshop along the popular themes of the festival which were Sexual Health, Conflict Resolution and Citizenship.
In this vein, the first outreach workshop was held in July 2006, under topic of ‘human effects of HIV/AIDS’. The core group decided that the next chapter of the outreach effort to be held under the theme of Conflict Transformation.
The workshop was held on the 4th of November 2006 from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. at the British Council Hall. The event had two main components.
The first session was a skills workshop on ‘Gaining competence in identifying and challenging assumptions’. The workshop was led by Sanjana Hattotuwa (senior researcher for Centre for Policy Alternatives and head of ICT & Peace Building for Info-Share).
The second session was a forum theatre focusing on ‘reforming the prefect system at schools’ which was acted out by BB Core Group Members and Volunteers. They were greatly assisted by Angela Carr and Nimmi Harasgama in preparation for the play. The session also had input from John Martin, Artistic Director, Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts, UK.
The objectives of the workshop can be stated as follows:
To acquire skills relating to dealing with assumptions and prejudices relating to the ethnic conflict.
To provide young people to explore some aspects of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka through new prisms – the Forum theatre.
To encourage these young people mostly from educational institutions and young activists to consider using forum theatres in their awareness raising/behavioral change/advocacy work.