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On Thursday, October 30, 2014, The National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) concluded the Advanced Regional Y-PEER Theatre Based PEER Education Training of Trainers "Performing Arts for Action (PACT)” in cooperation with UNFPA, utilizing theater skills andparticipatory drama methodology to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.

The 40 hours training course over a period of 6 days accredited and certified by The International Theatre Institute ITI, UNESCO was attended by 12 Y-Peers age (19 – 30) who finished the first regional training from the following countries; Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. The training was conducted by master trainers: Nabil Sawalha, Lina Attel, Mohannad Nawaflah and Ghandi Saber, Suzan Al Banawi, assisted by: Ala' Hamad, Fadel Awadi, Saba Obeidat, Zeinab AL Shrouf and Mr. Ghassan Tanash from Ministry of Culture.

The event was attended by Ms. Suad Nabhan, Director of UNFPA - Jordan and Dr. Manal Tahtamouni, Director of the Institute for Family Health/Noor Al Hussein Foundation

During the closing ceremony the participants presented 3 drama scenes that culminated as an outcome of the training, depicting issues related to adversities of early marriage, puberty and sex education. At the end of the ceremony the participants were awarded their Certificates.

The National Center for Culture & Arts in cooperation with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commenced The Advanced Regional Y-PEER Theatre Based PEER Education Training of Trainers on "How to Use Theater Techniques in Community Development", for 12 participants who finished the first Regional training course from the following countries; Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Palestine, Morocco, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunis and Jordan.

The training began on the 25th of October and will end on the 30thof October where the participants will present the outcome of the training comprising of three short plays with audience interaction as well as receiving their certificates accredited by ITI, UNESCO.

NCCA was appointed by UNFPA in 2013 as the Regional Centre of Excellence for Theatre Based PEER Education after an evaluation and assessment process of similar Performing Arts Centres in the Region.

The agreement was signed between the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office in Egypt and the National Centre for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation on 6 June, 2013, indicating that the NCCA will work in partnership with UNFPA and the Y-PEER Network to use the interactive theater- based techniques in training young people age (19-30) to utilize theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise their awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.

Since 2013 NCCA successfully conducted four Regional Training Courses which were attended by 100 Y-PEER educators age (19 – 30) from Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Libya, Djibouti, Somalia, Tunis, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

Basedon an invitation by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia PacificRegional Office, the Director General of the National Centre for Culture andArts (NCCA) Lina Attel participated in the Y-PEER Inter-Regional Coordinationand Consultation Meeting held in Bangkok from the 16th – 17thof June 2014.

TheMeeting was attended by representatives from UNFPA Regional Offices of ArabStates, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Asia and Pacific and Mr. AleksandarSasha Bodiroza, UNFPA Technical Adviser and founder of the Y-PEER Network andTheatre Based PEER Education Training, in addition to Y-PEER InternationalCoordinator Mr. Peter Mladenov and Y-PEER Arab States Coordinator Ms. DareenAbu Lail.

TheAgenda of the meeting included an extensive presentation by Lina Attel aboutthe methodology and achievements of NCCA as the Regional Centre of Excellenceon Theatre Based PEER Education Training, certified and accredited by theInternational Theatre Institute (ITI), UNESCO in order to expand trainingopportunities to youth of the Y-PEER network globally

On Monday, May 26, 2014,The National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) concluded the second Regional Theatre Based Y-PEER Training of Trainers "Performing Arts for Action (PACT)” in cooperation with UNFPA, utilizing theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.

The 40 hours training course over a period of 7 days accredited and certified by The International Theatre Institute ITI, UNESCO was attended by 25 Y-Peers age (19 – 30) from the following countries; Algeria, Tunis, Morocco,   Egypt, Oman, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. The training was conducted by NCCA master trainers: Lina Attel, Mohannad Nawaflah and Ghandi Saber, Suzan Al Banawi, assisted by: Ala' Hamad, Fadel Awadi, Saba Obeidat, Zeinab AL Shrouf.

During the closing ceremony the participants presented 4 drama scenes that culminated as an outcome of the training, depicting issues related to adversities of early marriage, puberty and sex education. At the end of the ceremony the participants were awarded their Certificates.

The (NCCA) in 2013 was appointed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as the Regional Centre of Excellence for Theatre Based Peer Education. The agreement was signed between the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office in Egypt and the NCCA on 6 June, 2013, indicating that the NCCA will work in partnership with UNFPA and the Y-Peer Network to use the interactive theater- based techniques in training young people age (19-30) to utilize theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise their awareness on healthy lifestyles, reproductive health and civic engagement.

The National Centre for Culture and Arts/ King Hussein Foundation will be holding "Theatre Based PEER Education training" in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for 26 Iraqi participants from the Ministry of Youth and Sport from Sunday 23/3/2014 to Monday 31/3/2014.

 

December 10, Amman -- Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Basma Bit Talal, the National Centre for Culture and Arts of the King Hussein Foundation kicked off a new project that uses interactive theatre to raise awareness of gender-based violence. Funded by the USAID Community Engagement Project, the 6-month national project, entitled "Enough! Human Rights for All,” will raise awareness of gender-based violence in local communities in Irbid and Mafraq Governorates and in Al Ramtha District.

The project launching ceremony, which was hosted by the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA), featured a welcome note by Lina Attel, the Director General of the NCCA, followed by a documentary that explained how Theatre-Based Education Training works.

"It is a valuable recognition by USAID to support community level awareness on gender based violence through utilizing interactive theatre. Theatre is a power medium in raising awareness on social issues and changing perceptions and behavior,” said Lina Attel, NCCA Director General. "We are grateful for this opportunity that will enable us to create an interactive play on gender based violence in Jordan and will build the capacities of talented youth in the north.” She added.

"The first step towards the elimination of gender based violence is through creating awareness of the issue, its effect on the victims, and realistic solutions to address this intolerable practice. NCCA’s interactive theatre approach to promoting awareness of gender based violence enables the audience to deeply understand and internalize the problem.” Said Christopher Barnes – Chief of Party,USAID Community Engagement Project”

Interactive theatre is a unique medium that encourages the audience to ask questions and reflect on the drama through a facilitator who acts as a bridge between the audience and the actors. The project, in partnership with the National Interactive Theatre Troupe, will produce an interactive play that tackles physical and psychological abuse of women, sexual violence during conflicts and forced marriages.

The play will be performed sixteen times in Irbid, Mafraq and Ramtha for Jordanian community members including students and Syrian refugees. The NCCA will conduct an intensive 30-hour training workshop on theatre-based techniques to address gender-based violence and will assist the participants in producing two drama scenes to be performed for local communities.

Speeches were followed by an NCCA performance entitled "Tawazun,” a black comedy interactive play addressing violence against women and gender equality issues facing youth today. The interactive play is based on seventeen monologues written by both male and female youth, based on real life experiences.

 

Representatives from ministries of Culture, Education and Foreign Affairs, the USAID Community Engagement Project, renowned Jordanian artists, directors from various cultural centers in Jordan, and community members attended the event.

The National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) has been appointed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as the Regional Centre of Excellence for Theatre Based Peer Education. The agreement was signed between the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office in Egypt and the NCCA on 6 June, 2013, indicating that the NCCA will work in partnership with UNFPA and the Y-Peer Network to use the interactive theater- based techniques in training young people age (18-28) to utilize theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise their awareness on healthy lifestyles and practices.

Each course comprises of 30 training hours over a period of 6 days, using the Theatre Based Techniques for Youth Peer Education Training Manual which was produced by UNFPA and a group of theatre experts.

The NCCA is currently holding in Amman the first regional Theatre Based Y-PEER Training of Trainers in cooperation with the UNFPA, accredited by the International Theatre Institute ITI-UNESCO, which started on the 22nd of September and will end on the 27th of September is attended by 27 Y-Peers from the following countries; Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Somalia, Djibouti, Egypt, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Jordan.

The closing ceremony will be held on Friday, 27th of September, where the participants will present short drama scenes that culminated as an outcome of the training and will receive their certificates.

 

Amman, UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund has announced, today, the National Centre for Culture and arts (NCCA) as a regional centre of excellence on theater based per education.

An agreement was signed between UNFPA Regional Office and the NCCA, indicating that the NCCA will work in partnership with UNFPA and the Y-Peer Network to use the interactive theater- based techniques in training young people using theater skills and participatory drama methodology to raise their awareness on healthy lifestyles and practices. The NCCA will also conduct a series of regional creative workshops with Y-Peer trainers and celebrities.

In addition to that, the centre will establish a roster of experts and consultants to provide technical assistant to the region.

It’s worth mentioning that UNFPA Regional Office for Arab states conducted an assessment of a number of institutions working with young people in the Arab region. This assessment resulted in choosing the NCCA as a regional centre of excellence.

Ms. Lina Ahmed Attel, Director General of The National Centre for Culture and Arts expressed her gratitude to the long term support of UNFPA to the NCCA and said: we are proud of this achievement as it reflects a valuable recognition of the role the center in spreading the interactive theatre methodology regionally and internationally. This agreement will enable Jordan represented by the NCCA to provide training of trainers to hundreds of theatre specialists from the Arab region as well as providing technical assistance to similar centers in the network.

From her part, Mrs. Muna Mohammed Idris, praised the role NCCA is playing especially in the interactive theater-based education, and considered this step as a major step in strengthening the skills of young people and increasing their abilities in different areas. Mrs. Idris added that UNFPA Jordan has worked closely with NCCA in the past years in training young people and in using the theater based techniques as an interactive tool to promote young people issues and women’s right. This led UNFPA Regional Office to choose the centre to be a training centre of excellence for the region.

Dr. Alexander Bodiroza, UNFPA regional technical advisor, stressed the important and unique work NCCA is doing in using interactive distinctive tools in working with young people. He also said that there is an interest from other UNFPA offices from different regions to work with the centre.

The signing ceremony took place at the NCCA, in the presence of UNFPA representatives from the regional and country office, Her Excellency Ms. Lila Sharaf from the board of trustees of King Hussein Foundation and representatives from the National Centre for Culture and A

 

The NCCA strives to cooperate with international artists to exchange experiences and explore various innovative production techniques in theatre and dance.

Thecollaboration between NCCA and Siljeholm/Christophersen commenced in 2012 following a successful and productive 10 day residency with the National Interactive Theatre Troupe in October 2011which was supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jordan.  

Valley of the Moon is a multi media performance for children based on the original story of the Pony and the Rababa, an old Jordanian folk tale, documented by Mr. Jebril Al Sheikh. By utilizing animation; video projection; music and physical movements; the actors on stage; the pony, a Bedouin boy, Qata birds and the Ghadah tree blend with the 4 projected video surfaces to portray a story of a universal theme of love, friendship, and freedom. The backdrop of the magical visual images and animation are depictions of the Valley of the Moon in Wadi Rum- Jordan. The performance aims to entertain children age 6-12 and family members.

During the process of creation; 5 graduate students from SAE and technical staff from NCCA were trained by Norwegian experts on multimedia techniques to ensure the continuity of similar productions in the future.

Valley of the Moon

Program

Venue: Royal Cultural Center

Duration of the performance: 40 minutes

Date Event Time

Thursday

21/2/2013

Evening performance (Premier) 6:00pm

Friday

22/2/2013

Evening performance 6:00pm

Saturday

23/2/2013

Evening performance

 6:00Pm

 

The National Center for Culture and Arts implemented with the support of the Norwegian Embassy and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Greater Amman Municipality,  held 8 week intensive training workshops on creative writing skills and  theatre techniques for 20 female students from private and public schools from the 12 January – 23 February 2012 for a total of 60 training hours and 5 day workshop for 10 male students for a total of 20 training hours whereby the 30 students (females and males) engaged in discussing and negotiating the importance of supporting young women in expressing their views and aspirations to become active members in their society.

This training workshop provided the female participants with skills to empower them take risks; promote their confidence and self esteem; become active agents for change and play an important role in their communities and the society at large through creative exercises in voice and speech, presentation, improvisation, team work and role playing. The participation of the 10 male students in the second part of the workshop allowed them the opportunity to better their understanding of their female peers and promote their support for women empowerment and women’s rights.

The workshops resulted in writing 17 monologues by the female participants in addition to 7 monologues by the male participants. 

The NCCA Interactive Theatre Troupe have finalized reviewing the monologues and have combined them in a theatrical context in a play entitled “Tawazun” ( stands for Balance in English).

The NCCA Interactive Theater Troupe are currently touring with the play “Tawazun” in various governorates in the Kingdom. Two performances were held at Zaha Cultural Center this month attended by students from various schools.

The monologues written by the participants in the workshop was published in a booklet and is  distributed to schools and cultural centers in Jordan