Using arts-based approaches to dialogue issues of sustainable development in Rwandan high schools

The project starts from the assumption that policies and programs developed in relation to poverty reduction and gender promotion are often viewed and evaluated from the perspective of adult people. Thus, voices of young people are silenced or undervalued. Therefore, the project seeks to deconstruct the adult dominated narratives by elevating voices of young people in order to have a comprehensive picture of the problem at hand. In that framework, the project proposes to empower high school learners with skills and competences that enable them to research obstacles to poverty reduction and girls’ access to education. In addition, the project aims to provide them with skills and competences that enable them to express their findings to the attention of policy makers using-arts based approaches such as music, dance, drama, and drawings. To achieve this, the project brings together high school learners and artists through the Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology.

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: rwanda
Principal Investigator: Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo
Co-Investigators: Eric Ndushabandi, Chaste Uwihoreye, Delphine Mukingambeho
Host Organisation: Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace
Partners: University of Rwanda, Uyisenga ni Imanzi
Duration: 12 months