Participants of Amez Women Folk High school to (Halabja Bakery for Kurdish Bread) which is a small project initiated by a woman activist in the city of Halabja. The project is the first of its kind and it is the source of income for up to 14 families. The activity is part of a week-long module titled (Start your own business). The owner of the project talked about the idea, the challenges and the market for her product. Kurdish bread used to be made by families at home, but nowadays many women go to work so they do not have the time to make the famous delicious Kurdish bread. This small factory provides dozens of households the taste they look for after return from wor
بەشداربوانی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز سەردانی (کارگەی نانی کوردی هەڵەبجە)یان کرد وەک بەشێک لە خولێکی خوێندنی یەک هەفتەیی بە ناونیشانی (کاری خۆت دابمەزرێنە). کارگەکە بیرۆکەی خانمێکی هەڵەبجەیەو یەکەم کارگەی لەو شێوەیەیە کە سەرەتا لەم شارە کراوەتەوە. کارگەکە سەرچاوەی داهاتی نزیکەی ١٤ خێزانە. (خاتوو نەخشین) خاوەنی کارگەکە باسی لە چیرۆکی کردنەوەی ئەو شوێنەو ڕێگرییەکانی کرد لەگەڵ شێوازی بەڕێوەبردن و بازاڕی کارگەکە
Today (August 21, 2016), we have started a new module titled (Start your own business). The module is being facilitated by Mr. Osman Mohammed. Start your own business gives knowledge about rules and demands to start and run an own business. It also contains information about marketing and is designed to give inspiration and empowerment.
ئەمڕۆ (٢٠١٦/٨/٢١) دەستپیکی کۆرسێکی تری خوێندنە لە پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز کە ئەویش خولێکی یەک هەفتەییە بە ناونیشانی (کاری خۆت دابمەزرێنە). ئەم خولە لەلایەن مامۆستای شارەزا بەڕێز (عوسمان محمد) دەوترێتەوە. کاری خۆت دابمەزرێنە تایبەتە بە پێدانی زانیاری دەربارەی یاساکان و رێوشوێنی دەستپێکردن و بەڕێوەبردنی کاری تایبەت بەخۆت. هاوکات، زانیاری تیادایە دەربارەی مارکێتین (بەبازاڕکردن) و بەشێوەیەک داڕێژراوە تا ببێتە سەرچاوەی ئیلهام و بەهێزکردن
On August 11, 2016 Snur Abass a psychotherapist at Zhian Foundation, held a seminar entitled ( How to help children to behave well). the seminar highlighted cognitive and behavioral ability in children, also provided standard techniques in use to improve children’s behaviors.
ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٨/١١ سنوور عەباس چارەسەرکاری دەروونی لە دەزگای ژیان سیمینارێکی پێشکەش کرد بە ناونیشانی ( چۆن یارمەتی منداڵ بدەین تا بە باشی ڕەفتار بکات). لە سیمینارەکەدا تیشک خرایەسەر توانای منداڵ لە ڕەفتارکردن و درککردن دا، و چەند تەکنیکێک بەکارهێنران وەک چارەسەر بۆ باشترکردنی ڕەفتاری منداڵان
Mr. Wrya Rasul, a teacher at Kista Folk High School in Stockholm with, Mr. Dlawar, a Kurdish teacher from Sulaimani paid a visit to Amez Folk High School in Halabja on August 09, 2016. The visit was to exchange ideas about further introducing Amez Women Folk High School to other other schools in Kurdistan and Sweden. Mr. Wrya Rassul said he would work on the issue of introducing Amez to other folk high schools in Sweden. Mr Dlawar also said he was ready to work to build bridges with government institutions in the region.
ئەمڕۆ(٢٠١٦/٠٨/٠٩) مامۆستا وریا ڕەسوڵ مامۆستای فۆڵک های سکوڵی ( شیستا) لە ستۆکهۆڵم، سوید، سەردانی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێزی کرد لە هەڵەبجە. لە کۆبونەوەیەکدا لەگەڵ بەڕێوەبەر و کارمەندانی ئامێز باس لە گرنگی ناساندنی پەیمانگاکە کرا بە قوتابخانە هاوشێوەکانی تری وەک ئامێز تا بتوانن بیروڕا ئاڵوگۆڕبکەن و پەیوەندی پەروەردەیی بەسوود بنیادبنێن. بۆ ئەو مەبەستەش، مامۆستا وریا ڕەسوڵ زۆر خۆشحاڵ بوو و بەڵێنیدا کار لەسەر ئەوە بابەتە بکات. هاوکات مامۆستا دلاوەر مامۆستای ئامادەیی لە سلێمانی کە لەگەڵ مامۆستا وریا سەردانی ئامێزی کردبوو ئامادەیی دەربڕی بۆ هاریاکریکردن لەڕووی ناساندنی پەیمانگای میللی ئامیز لە ناوخۆی کوردستان
Dear Amez friends, We are back for the Autumn Semester. Today, August 02, 2016 we had three workshops; the first one was on Folkbildning and the other two were part of the Children's Learning and Development. The participants were divided into four groups; each group built their case and later presented to the class.
سڵاو هاورێیان لە وەرزی دوەمی خوێندن کە بە وەرزی پایز ناسراوە هاتینەوە خزمەتتان، هەر ئەمرۆ وانەیەکی فۆلک بیلدنینگ، لە گەل دوو وانەی ( فێربوون و گەشەی منداڵ) کەپیتال یەک، کە باس لە گەشەی مندال ، میرات و ژینگە ئەکات، بەشداربوەکانمان بون بە چوار گروپەوە، هەر گروپێک بە جیا لە سەر ئەم بابەتە کاری ئەکرد،لە کۆتاییدا هەر گروپە بابەتی خۆی پێشکەشی مامۆستاو بەشداربوان کرد
On June,2, 2016 Participants and two staff members of Amez Women Folk High School held an activity on the module of ( Movement, Outdoor activities and Health). they cleaned Shahidan Monument ( Martyrs's cemetery) and picked up the trashes there
ڕۆژ ٢٠١٦/٦/٢ بەشداربووان و دوو ئەندامی ستافی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز لە تەوەری (جووڵە و چالاکی دەرەوە و تەندروستی) دا چالاکی خاوێن کردنەوەی گۆڕستانی شەهیدانیان ئەنجام دا لە شاری هەڵەبجە
On May 31, 2016, participants of Amez Women Folk High School watched (Animal Farm) by (George Orwell). The activity was part of an English class planned to help the participants improve their listening and speaking skills
ئەمڕۆ(۲٠۱٦/٥/۳۱) بەشداربوانی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز وەک بەشێک لەوانەی ئینگلیزی سەیری فیلمی (مەزرای ئاژەڵان)ی (جۆرج ئۆروێڵ)یان کرد ئەو چالاکییە یارمەتی بەشداربووەکان دەدات توانای گوێگرتن و ئاخاوتنیان بەهێزبکەن
On May 23, 2016 A team from KRG's Ministry of Health in cooperation with UNISEF Organization presented a seminar at Amez Women Folk High School about breastfeeding which was coincident with breastfeeding's international week . provided by two doctor's assistants Luqman Abdullah and Shadan Mizra
ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٥/٢٣ تیمێکی سەر بە وەزارەتی تەندروستی بە هاوکاری ڕێکخراوی یونسیف لە هەفتەی جیهانی شیرپێدانی سروشتیدا سیمینارێکیان پێشکەش کرد لە پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز دەربارەی شیرپێدانی سروشتی. سیمینارەکە لەلایەن هەر دوو یاریدەدەری پزیشکی لوقمان عبدوڵا و شادان میرزا فەرەج پێشکەش کرا
Today May 19, 2016 One week of music course completed. provided by (Hemin Rahim). It was to increase knowledge about the art of music and song in children's education, participants rehearsed on their voice to sing. Apart from music the significance of painting and theater for children was indicated as well
ئەمڕۆ ٢٠١٦/٥/١٩ کۆتا ڕۆژی کۆرسی مۆسیقا و گۆرانی بوو، کە لەلایەن ( هێمن ڕەحیم) ووترایەوە. کۆرسەکە ئاشنا بوون بوو بە هونەری مۆسیقا و گۆرانی لە پەروەردەکردن منداڵدا و بەشداربووان ڕاهێنانی دەنگیان ئەنجام دا بۆ گۆرانی ووتن. لە بەشێکی ئەم کۆرسەدا ئاماژە درا بە گرنگی هونەری شانۆ و وێنەکێشان بۆ منداڵان
Amez Organization voluntarily held a campaign entitled ( Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War) in Halabja province, in intention of collecting 500 signatures in the city. This campaign is project of a Korean organization called ( HWPL ), It is holding in many countries to collect signature across the world for issuing an international law which brings peace for world and prohibits using weapon
ڕێکخراوی ئامێز خۆبەخشانە کەمپینی ( ڕاگەیاندنی ئاشتی و وەستاندنی جەنگ )ی لە پارێزگای هەڵەبجە بەڕێوەبرد، بۆ کۆکردنەوەی ٥٠٠ واژۆ لە شارەکە. کەمپینەکە پڕۆژەی ڕێکخراوێکی کۆرییە بەناوی (HWPL ). ئەم کەمپینە لە چەندین وولآتی دنیا بەڕێوەدەچیت بەمەبەستی کۆکردنەوەی واژۆ بۆ دەرکردنی یاسایەکی نێودەوڵەتی کە ئاشتی بۆهەموو جیهان دەستەبەربکات و بەکارهێنانی چەک قەدەغە بکات
AMEZ Organization Greetings of love and peace from HWPL(Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light), an international peace organization. I hope everything goes well with you and your work. I’m writing this email to let you know about the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and urge you to support this Declaration to be implemented. Current international law is based upon a premise that the means of armed forces is necessary to maintain peace and security. Allowing the use of force as a way to prevent wars, international law leaves the choice of using armed forces which can increase the risk of triggering a war. Thus, in order to open the gate to a new era of peace, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was proclaimed.
پەیوەندی ئامێز لە گەڵ رێکخراوی ئاشتی نێو دەولەتی کە بارەگاکەیان لە کۆریای باشورە بەناوی ( کۆتایی هێنان بە جەنگ وراگەیاندنی ئاشتی جیهانی)، لە کۆبونەوەیەکی سکایپ لە رێکخراوی ئامێز لە هەڵەبجە و کۆریا . ئەم کارە بۆ هەڵەبجە زۆر گرنگە، لە دەستپێکی یەکەم دەست ئەکەین بە کۆکردنەوەی 500 واژوو پشتگری لە ئاشتی لە پایتەختی ئاشتی لە هەڵەبجە ، داوا کارین لە ئەندامانی بۆرد و بەشداربوەکانمان ، هەموو هاورێیانمان بەشداریمان بکەن لەم هەڵەمەتە ، لاپەرەکان لە ئامێز بۆتان ئامادە ئەکرێت، هەر کەس لە شوێنی کاری خۆی ئەتوانێ واژوەکان کۆبکاتەوە. سوپاس بۆ هەموو لایەک
Today (May 09, 2016) Kamal Daleni presented an important topic about the establishment of Iraq as a state and the Sykes–Picot Agreement which caused the long-time hardship the Kurdish people have gone through. Participants of Amez Women Folk High School had a fruitful discussion with the guest
ئەمرۆ بابەتێکی گرنگ و مێژوویی لە سەر چۆنیەتی دروست بوون و دامەزراندنی دەوڵەتی عێراق و رێکەوتننامەی سایکس بیکۆ و نەهامەتیەکانی ئەو دەوڵەتە بۆ گەلی کورد ، لەلایەن بەرێز کەمال دەلێنی وە باس ولێکۆلینەوەی لە سەر کرا و بوە هۆی دروست بونی پرسیار وگفتوو گۆی بەشداربوانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز
On April 24, 2016 Irad Manuchar, board member of Amez Women Folk High School, presented a seminar to the participants of the school. focused on Environment and drinking water
ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٤/٢٤ مامۆستا ئیراد مەنوچەر ئەندامی بۆردی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز، سیمنارێکی بۆ بەشداربووانی پەیمانگەکە پێشکەش کرد دەربارەی ژینگە و ئاوی خواردنەوە
On April 10, 2016 The participants of early childhood assistant course created toys and dolls with old materials and tissues in working with creative activity module.
ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٤/١٠ بەشداربووانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێزلە تەوەری چالاکی داهێنەرانەدا بوکەڵە و یاری منداڵانەیان دروست کرد بە پەڕۆ و کەرەستەی کۆن
On March 28-29, 2016, Suran Muhammed held a training on the module of (children's learning & development). Participants gained knowledge and skills through playful and imaginative activities in educating children at early age and special needs for children with disabilities.
ڕۆژانی ٢٨، ٢٠١٦/٣/٢٩ لە بەشێک لەتەوەری ( فێربوون و گەشەی منداڵ) دا ،خاتوو سوران محمد مەشقێکی دوو ڕۆژیی بۆ بەشداربووانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز ئەنجام دا. بەشداربووان لەڕێگەی ئەنجامدانی چالاکی ئەندێشە ئامێز و پر یاری و جووڵەوە زانیارییان لەبواری پەروەردەکردنی منداڵدا وەرگرت بەتایبەت لە بواری (پەروەردە و پێداویستی تایبەت) بۆ منداڵانی خاوەن پێداویستی تایبەت
On March 17, 2016 A team of KRG's ministry of labor and social affairs from Sulaimani visited Amez Women Folk High School. After conducting evaluation for setting of the building , methodology of study and taking comments of participants , they emphasized their support for continuing study in the School.
ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٣/١٧ تیمێکی سەر بە وەزارەتی کاروکاروباری کۆمەڵایەتی حکومەتی هەرێمی کوردستان لە سلێمانیەوە سەردانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێزیان کرد. پاش هەڵسەنگاندنی بینا و شێوازی وانە خوێندن لە پەیمانگەکە و وەرگرتنی لێدوانی بەشداربووان، پشتگیری خۆیان دووپات کردەوە بۆ بەردەوامی دان بە خوێندنی پەیمانگەکە
On March 16, 2016, The staff and participants of Amez Women Folk High School commemorated 28th anniversary of Halabja bombardment with chemical weapon.
سەرلەبەیانی ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٣/١٦ ستاف و بەشداربووانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز لە هەڵەبجە، چەند خوولەکێک بە بێدەنگی ڕاوەستان بۆ بەرزڕاگرتنی بیرەوەری بیست و هەشتەمین ساڵیادی کیمیابارانکردنی شاری هەڵەبجە
Today March 16, 2016, in the 28th anniversary of Halabja bombardment with chemical weapon, Amez staff and participants carried out the activity of ( planting trees) for remembrance of that disaster's martyrs at Andaziaran quarter in Halabja.
Îro, March 16, 2016, di 28'emîn salvegera bombebarana Helebçeyê bi çekên kîmyewî, karmendên Amêz û beşdarên çalakiyê ji (çandina daran) ji bo bîranîna şehîdên ku karesata li çaryeka Andazyaran li Helebçeyê hatiye lidarxistin.
ئەمڕۆ ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٣/١٦ لە ساڵیادی کیمیاباران کردنی شاری هەڵەبجە بە چەکی کیمیایی، ستاف و بەشداربووانی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز بۆ بیرەوەری شەهیدانی ئەو کارەساتە هەستان بە ئەنجامدانی چالاکی نەمام چاندن لە گەڕەکی ئەندازیاران لە شاری هەڵەبجە
On March 8, 2016 Amez Women Folk High School celebrated International women's day with related presentations and activities. Amez reinforces the message of ongoing works towards achieving all women rights as human being.
هەشتی مارس رۆژی جیهانی ئافرەتان وژنانمان بە چەند چالاکیەک بەرز راگرت و پەیامی بەردەوامی و کۆڵنەدانمان دوپات کردەوە تا بە دیهێنانی هەموو مافە ڕەواکانمان وەک مرۆڤ بەدەست ئەهێنین
(Amez Women Folk High School in Halabja, impression and reaction of the school’s participants)
The dream of Amez chairwoman Awaz Daleni after hard working and long-term efforts in intention of reaching today came true.
From the starting point Amez has worked as an intellectual, cultural, social and vocational center. Today Amez added another task to serve as an educational and capacity building center. Amez works to educate and build individuals especially women and their role in educating new generation through new and modern education based on accessing human rights and duties, democratic society and taking responsibilities.
Amez Women Folk High School as the first educational system experience in Kurdistan has affected the participants with different impressions. One of women commented on the significance of the school especially early childhood assistant course as: For first time I can feel my existence as a woman as well as men. Since I joined Amez, my life has changed; I have self-confidence towards the challenges. Thanks for Awaz Daleni who taught me a lot, I have learnt to defend my rights, carry out my duties and behave with my family in better way.
On the other hand another woman who is married and have two children stated as: since I participated at this course my children say to me, my mom you have totally been changed, your behaviors are more delicate and you got educated better.
In order to hit our target to progress society, we have to pay attention to two main factors related promotion that issue. Education system, because through a healthy education we will be able to build a healthy society, and roles of the civil society organizations.
2016-03-01 Today the inauguration of Amez folk high school in Halabja
Amez Women Folk High School has officially been opened in the city of Halabja.
Awaz Hama Ali, the chairwoman of Amez Organization, in a ceremony officially opened Amez Women Folk High School in Halabja. In a speech, she said that her long-time dream has come true today with the support of ( Kvinna till Kvinna), who financially supports the project for 2016. She also shed light on the importance of the project for women in Halabja and as centre for education and culture. She said that they have dedicated the project to their newly declared province of Halabja.
Later, Kwestan Karim, the chairwoman of the board of Amez Women Folk High School congratulated the attendance on the opening of the school and called upon the government and all NGOs and local figures to unconditionally support the new project.
A group of participants of Amez presented some facts about the history of folk high schools in Sweden and its importance for Kurdistan nowadays.
Part of the activities was presenting 100 books to participants by Kurdish poet, author and translator Hiwa Kader. The books were sent as gifts to Amez participants by the Kurdish Author Anwar Rashy Gula and Andesha Library in Sulaimani.
ئەمڕۆ 01-03-2016 ڕۆژی کردنەوەی پەیمانگای میللی ئامێز لە هەڵەبجە
(پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز) کە پڕۆژەیەکی رێکخراوی ئامێزە بۆ گەشەپێدانی تواناکانی کچان لە شاری هەڵەبجە کاتژمێر (١٠)ی سەرلەبەیانی ئەمڕۆ (٢٠١٦/١/٣) بەفەرمی کرایەوە. ئاواز حەمە عەلی، بەرپرسی رێکخراوی ئامێز لە وتاری کردنەوەی پەیمانگەکەدا، رایگەیاند کردنەوەی پەیمانگەکە خەونێکی دێرینی خۆی بووەو ئێستا بە هاوکاری رێکخراوی (ژن بۆ ژن)ی سویدی بۆتە راستی. هاوکات، باسی لە گرنگی پڕۆژەکە کرد بۆ خانمانی هەڵەبجە و بەرەوپێشبردنی بواری پەرەوەردە و کەلتور و پڕۆژەکەشی وەک دیارییەک پێشکەشی پارێزگا نوێکەی هەرێمی کوردستان کرد کە هەڵەبجەیە.
دواتر، کوێستان کەریم، سەرپەرشتیاری بۆردی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز پیرۆزبایی کردنەوەی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێزی لە ئامادەبوان کردو داوای لە حکومەت و رێکخراو و هەموو لایەنەکان کرد، بێ مەرج پشتگیری و کۆمەکی ئەم ناوەندە نوێیەی خوێندن بکەن لە شارەکەدا.
چەند بەشداربوویەکی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز کە لە سەرەتای مانگی شوباتەوە دەستیانکردووە بەخوێندن بابەتێکیان دەربارەی مێژوو و سەرهەڵدانی ئەم جۆرە خوێندنە لە ئەوروپا و پێویستی پشتیوانی کردنی لە کوردساتن خستەڕوو.
بەشێکی تر لە ئاهەنگی کردنەوەی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز، دابەشکردنی (٥٠) کتێب لە رۆمانی (پەرتگا) نوسەر (ئەنوەری ڕەشی عەوڵا) بوو کە بەسوپاسی زۆرەوە بۆ خانمانی پەیمانگەکەی ناردبوو لەگەڵ پێشکەشکردنی (٥٠) کتێبی تر بە کتێبخانەی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز کەلەلایەن کتێبخانەی بەناوبانگی (ئەندێشە)وە رەوانەکرابوو و نوسەرو شاعیرو وەرگێڕی خۆشەویست (هیوا قادر) پێشکەشی بەشداربوان و پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێزی کرد.
Tibbe in Halabja she comes from Gothenburg - Sweden to help Amez folk high school teacher to teach and how to negotiate with small children in nursery and child minder
تیبە ئەمڕۆ لە هەڵەبجە بوو ، کە لەیۆتەبۆری - سویدەوە هاتبوو بۆ هاوکاری پەیمانگای میللی ئامێز وتنەوەی وانەی پەروەرەدەیی بە بەشداربوانی پەمانگەکە و چونیەتی مامەڵەکردن و شیوازی پەروەردەی منداڵانی باخچەی ساوایان
On February 25, 2016, The participants of (early childhood assistant course) made sweets to be served at official opening ceremony of Amez Women Folk High School in Halabja, which will be held on March 1, 2016. at 10:00 am
رۆژی کولیچە دروست کردن، بۆ ئاهەنگی بە فەرمی کردنەوەی پەیمانگەی میللیی خانمانی ئامێز لە هەڵەبجە، کاری دەستی و هونەری خانمە بەشداربوەکانیەتی .ئاهەنگە کە رۆژی سێشەمە کاتژمێر ۱٠ی پێش نیوەڕۆ 01-03-2016
On February 17, 2016 Yeeshu Shukla from Christian Aid UK and Arez Muhammad from Asuda Organization paid a visit to Amez Organization where they met with staff and participants of Amez Women Folk High School. Both sides discussed the activities of Amez and the Folk High School, and also the conditions of refugees in the province of Halabja.Yeeshu Shukla wrote in Amez’s Diary Book that,”The work that Amez is doing in Kurdistan affects the true spirit of promoting human rights and women empowerment. The women I interacted with during one of the sessions were confident about their future and wellbeing of their families. They represent “change” in the Kurdish society!”
ڕۆژی17/2/2016 بەڕێز( یشوو شوکلا) نوێنەری ڕێکخراوی (کریستن ئەید یو کەی) و (ئارێز محمد) بەڕێوەبەری پڕۆژەکانی (ڕێکخراوی ئاسوودە) سەردانی ڕێکخراوی ئامێزیان کرد لە شاری هەڵەبجە و لەگەڵ ستاف و مامۆستایان کۆبوونەوە و گفتوگۆیان ئەنجام دا دەربارەی کاروچالاکیەکانی ڕێکخراوی ئامێز و خوێندن لە پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز، و ئاماددەی تەوەرێکی خوێندن بوون لەگەڵ بەشداربووانی خوێندنی پەیمانگەکە. وەهەروەها گفتوگۆ کرا دەربارەی ڕەوشی ئاوارەکان لە سنوری هەڵەبجە.لە دەفتەری یادنامەی میوانانی ڕێکخراوی ئامێزدا ( یشوو شوکلا) ئەم چەند دێڕەی دەربارەی ئامێز نووسیوە:
"ئەو کارەی ئامێز ئەنجامی دەدات لە کوردستان کاریگەری هەیە لەسەر گیانی ڕاستەقینەی پەرەپێدانی مافەکانی مرۆڤ و بەهێزکردنی تواناکانی خانمان. ئەو خانمانەی من چاووم پێیان کەوت لەکاتی یەکێک لەوانەکاندا متمانەیان بە داهاتووی خۆیان و خۆشگوزەرانی خانەوادەکانیان هەبوو. ئەوان نوێنەرایەتی "گۆڕانکاری" دەکەن لە کۆمەڵگەی کوردیدا."
The board of Amez Women Folk High School held its third meeting on February 17, 2016. The attendants discussed the way the board should run its affairs and the administration department of the school. Another topic was the preparation for holding official opening ceremony of the school which will be on 1/3/2016.
بۆردی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٢/١٧ بە ئاماددە بوونی زۆربەی ئەندامەکانی کۆبوونەوەی ئاسایی خۆی ڕێکخست. سەرەتا باس لە بەڕێوەبردنی بۆرد و چۆنیەتی کاروبارەکان کرا. گفتوگۆ کرا دەربارەی شێوازی بەڕێوەبردنی پەیمانگەکە و بودجە، وە هەروەها مەراسیمی کردنەوەی پەیمانگەکە کە ڕۆژی ٢٠١٦/٣/١ بەڕێوەدەچێت.
Greetings to Amez Women Folk High School from Gösta Vestlund!
I just spoke to this fantastic person, Gösta Vestlund, 102 years old, and the nestor of folk high schools and folkbildning in Sweden. The pictures are from August 2015 when he visited Skeppsholmens folkhögskola. He is still attending meetings, seminars and giving lectures. His talk to us then was at the core of the challenges of folkbildning today, delivering his message absolutely clear minded with references to new science as well as recent news. I was so impressed by everything he knew about Aso folk high school in Kurdistan and he had even read our reports and articles from the school! Gösta was one of the important persons behind starting the folk high schools in Tanzania in the 1970ies and his interest in international issues stays firm.
I called Gösta today to tell him about the start of Amez Women Folk
High School in Halabja. He was SO happy to hear about it! He asked me "So the name of the woman who started it is Awaz Saleni?" I said "Yes, almost - Awaz Daleni". "And the principal is Ibrahim... Salam, or is that his first name?". I said "Yes, Salam is the
first name". "And is this school near where the other folk high school was? Let me get this right..." If there is one thing I think is distinguishing Gösta Vestlund, it´s his curiosity and, from his heart, interest in people. And when I told him
that Awaz and Marams (from Amez in Halabja) travel to Tanzania together with Pia Grübb and me in 2014 has influenced the ideas of Amez Women Folk High School, I could hear it made him very happy.
Gösta is sending his very warmest greetings and congratulations to Awaz,Salam and to all of Amez Women Folk High School!
On February 7, 2016 different lectures at Amez Women Folk High School. In working with Culture and creative activities field, participants figured out their own profiles and presented to all. concerning English language they practiced introduction with each other, and they all created their own folders in IT lecture
لەبەرواری 07-02-2016 خوێندنی وانە جیاوازەکان لە پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز. لە وانەی کلتور چالاکی داهێنەرانە، هەریەک لە بەشداربووان پڕۆفایلی کەسی خۆیان دروست کرد. هەروەها لە وانەی زمانی ئینگلیزی دا بەشداربووان بەزمانی ئینگلیزی گفتوگۆی یەکترناسینیان ئەنجام دا و پاشان لە وانەی زانیاری سەردەم فۆڵدەری تایبەت بە خۆیان دروست کرد.
Another module of our program which lasts throughout the year is (Folkbildning, Leanring and Knowledge) which is taught by Salam Omer. The Module started with a success story of A Kurdish business women (Amay Jolla )
تەوەری دووەم لە رۆژی یەکەمی پەیمانگای میللیی ئامێز بریتییە لە (فۆلکبیلدنین، فێربون و زانین) کە باس لە مێژوو و فەلسەفەی فۆلک های سکوڵ دەکات. رۆژی یەکەمی ئەم تەوەرە بە چێرۆکی سەرکەوتنی ( ئامەی جؤڵا ) دەستیپێکرد و زۆر سەرنج راکێش بوو، لە رۆژەکانی داهاتودا جێرۆکی ژیانی خۆیان و کەسانی ناوداری تر ئەنوسنەوە و پێی ئاشنائەبن.
ئەم تەوەرە لە لایەن مامۆستا ( سەلام عومەر) ئامادە ئەکرێت و ئەوترێتەوە. لە سیستمی ئەم پایمانگایەدا مامۆستا خۆی پرۆگرام دائەنێ بۆ تەوەرەکان.
On February 1, 2016, Amez Women Folk High School was opened in Halabja. First day of the program was an orientation day. The folk high school staff and the participants have presented themselves and the focus was life in the folk high school. Early childhood assistant program is Amez organization's project for 2016, preparations to establish the folk high school were underway throughout 2015. 25 participants take part in the course this year.
Note: Official opening ceremony for Amez Women Folk High School in Halabja will be held on March 1, 2016.
ڕۆژی دووشەممە، (٢٠١٦/٢/١) پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز لە هەڵەبجە کرایەوە، یەکەم ڕۆژی خوێندن بە یەکترناسینی ستافی پەیمانگەکە و بەشداربووانی خوێندنەکە دەستی پێکرد. پاش پێشکەش کردنی ووتاری بەڕێوەبەری ڕێکخراوی ئامێز و بەڕێوەبەری پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز، بەشداربووان بەشێوەی کارکردن بە گروپ ئاشنا کران بە بەرنامە و سیستمی خوێندن. پڕۆژەی ڕێکخراوی ئامێز بۆ ساڵی ٢٠١٦ بریتیە لە کۆرسی پێگەیاندنی مامۆستای دایەنگە و باخچەی ساوایان لە پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز، کە لەماوەی ساڵی ٢٠١٥ ئاماددەکاری کردنەوەی بۆکراوەو لە ئەم ساڵدا ٢٥ بەشداربوو بەشداردەبن لە خوێندنەکەدا.
تێبینی: ئاهەنگی کردنەوەی پەیمانگەی میللیی ئامێز لە بەرواری (٢٠١٦/٣/١) بەفەرمی سازدەکرێت.
On January 25 2016, The first meeting of Amez women folk high school board was held at Amez in Halabja. Issues of meeting were: 1. Talking about the preparations and establishing the Folk high school which was carried out in 2015, and it is planned to start on 1/2/2016. 2. Electing board chairwoman, board secretary and board members through voting. 3. Formulating board bylaw, which is an advisory and monitoring body. In the meeting Kwestan Akram was elected as board chairwoman, Aram Khasaraw as Board secretary and the board members are: Qaisar Rahman, Arsalan Abed, Luqman Abdulla, Swran Muhamad, Gulstan Ahmad, Awaz Muhamad and Salam Omer.
ڕۆژی دووشەممە بەرواری ٢٥/١/٢٠١٦ یەکەمین کۆبوونەوەی بۆردی پەیمانگەی میللی ئامێز لە پەیمانگەی ئامێز لە شاری هەڵەبجە بەڕێوەچوو. تەوەرەکانی کۆبوونەوە بریتی بوون: ١- باسکردن لە هەنگاوەکانی ئامادەکاری و دامەزراندنی پەیمانگاکە لە ساڵی ٢٠١٥ دا و بڕیارە خوێندنەکە لە ١/٢/٢٠١٦ دەست پێبکات. ٢- هەڵبژاردنی سەرۆک و سکرتێری و ئەندامانی بۆرد بە دەنگدان. ٣-نووسینەوەی پەیڕەو و پڕۆگرامی بۆردی ئامێز کە بۆردێکی ڕاوێژکاری و چاودێرییە. لە کۆبوونەوەکەدا بەڕێز کوێستان ئەکرەم هەڵبژێردرا بە سەرۆکی بۆرد وە بەڕێز ئارام خەسرەو هەڵبژێردرا بە سکرتێری بۆرد وە ئەندامانی بۆرد پێک دێن لە: قەیسەر ڕەحمان، ئەرسەلان عابد، لوقمان عەبدوڵا، سوران محمد ، گوڵستان ئەحمەد، ئاواز محمد علی، سەلام عومەر
On Friday, 11December 2015, the last discourse of reading books project was held in Hazhar Mukryani library which was sponsored by Amez organization. The meeting was a discussion and exchanging different perspectives about (Fatela novel) by Mahabad Qaradaxi with her attendance. at the end she presented appreciation award to Amez organization and Hazhar Mukryani library.
ڕۆژی هەینی بەرواری 2015-11-27 خوێنەرە بەشداربووەکانی پڕۆژەی کتێب خۆێندنەوە لە کتێب خانەی هەژار موکریانی کۆبوونەوە. ئەم بیرۆکەیە پڕۆژەی کتێبخانەی هەژار موکریانیە لە هەڵەبجە و ڕێکخراوی ئامێز سپۆنسەری دەکات.
گفتوگۆی ئەم جارە لەسەر هەردوو بەرگی کتێبی شاری ئاشووب بوو، کە نووسەرەکەی مەریەم جەعفەرییە و دەربارەی ژیننامەی شاعیر و نووسەری ئێرانی فروغ فەروخزادە
On Friday 27-, November 2015, the participant readers from reading books project gathered at Hazhar Mukryani Library. This idea is the project of Hazhar Mukryani Library in Halabja and is sponsored by Amez organization.
The discussion of this meeting was on the two parts of ( Shary Ashob) books, its writer is Maryam Ja`feri, the content is about biography of Iranian poet and actress Forough Farrokhzad .
From the 19 of November until the 22 of November Amez Organization in Halabja arranged several workshops about dialogue and conflict-transformation. The workshops were conducted by Christiane Seehausen from the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue in Norway.
Workshop at the Library in Halabja
The first workshop was held in Hazhar Mukryani Library. The participants were a group of young adults, who usually are taking part in a literature group. The title for the workshop was: How values influence decision making.
During the three hours the participants were challenged to reflect around their own values and to implement these reflections in group work exercise. In the end there was a good talk around how our values are influencing our decisions in life and can be the reason for several conflicts.
Workshop in Sirwan
The same day in the afternoon Christiane conducted a new workshop with a group of women who are part of a literacy course in Sirwan sub-district. The 15 participants, who are at primary level of writing and reading, were quite interested in the topic. Through an exercise and group work they elaborated their own values and how these can have an impact in a dilemma situation. The participants were active and expressed their gratitude for being part of this workshop.
Workshop for board, staff and invited organizations at AMEZ
On Friday and Saturday AMEZ centre arranged a new workshop for the staff, the board and some participants from other organizations. The title for the workshop was: Dialogue and Conflict transformation. This workshop had special focus on cultural understanding, communication and conflict analyses. Through exercises, group works, introductions and individual works the participants had to elaborate their own way of communication, be aware their prejudices, analyze a conflict and get insight in how dialogue can be used in conflict situations.
Workshop for local politician’s at AMEZ
In the morning of Sunday AMEZ invited representatives from all the local political parties in Halabja. The goal with this gathering was to introduce dialogue as a method for overcoming differences and creating a sustainable diverse society. Through an introduction and a group work the participants developed an understanding for dialogue as a method and a life style. In the group work they got familiar with the twelve elements of dialogue and ranked them according to their importance.
Workshop for Taj organization in Halabja
In the afternoon of the same day AMEZ were invited to hold a workshop for young girls from the Taj organization in Halabja. The participatory way of introducing the topic seems to be quite new for the participants. Anyway through challenging them they got engaged in the discussion and came up with many insights and thoughts. In the end they expressed their interest for future workshops.
A delegation from ministry of labor and social affairs of KRG visited Amez organization in Halabja, in intention of conducting evaluation for Amez building for the next project which is Amez women folk high school in Halabja
شاندێکی وەزارەتی کار و کارو باری کۆمەڵایەتی سەردانی رێکخراوی ئامێز یان کرد لە هەڵەبجە ،بە مەبەستی هەڵسەنگاندن و گونجاندنی شوێنی رێکخراوەکەمان بۆ پرۆژەی داهاتومان، ئامێز فۆڵک های سکول /
Amez Organization in cooperation with Hazhar Mukryani Library holds the project of reading books. The participant readers of this project conduct reading for some famous books and gather in Hazhar Mukryani Library once a week, it is sponsored by Amez organization. The project is exchanging and sharing ideas and knowledge between the participants
ڕێکخراوی ئامێز بەهاوکاری کتێبخانەی هەژار موکریانی دەست دەکات بە ئەنجامدانی پڕۆژەی کتێب خوێندنەوە. پڕۆژەکە کۆبوونەوەی خوێنەرانی بەشداربووی ئەم پڕۆژەیەیە لە کتێبخانەی هەژار موکریانی هەفتەی جارێک خوێندنەوە بۆ کتێبێکی بەناوبانگ دەکرێت و لەلایەن ڕێکخراوی ئامێزەوە سپۆنسەر دەکرێت. وە هەروەها پڕۆژەکە ئاڵوگۆڕکردن و بەشداری پێکردنی بیروڕا و زانیاریە لەنێوان بەشداربووان دا.
In a visit to this course, Amez promised the participants to support them more and they all expressed happiness. one participants said that i feel that i am dreaming, i am so glad
with got literate, appreciation for Amez organization.
Another participant said: when we stared participating at this course we are blamed by society, but we haven't given up, now there are many women who want to ask Amez to offer them a primary stage of literacy course.
As Amez chairwoman, i decided to open another primary stage of this course as soon as possible in order to most of the women will get benefit, be literate and illiteracy will be eradicated.
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Amez visit to Halabja province
2015-09-20 Amez visit to Halabja province, in intention of introduction between both sides and introducing Amez project and programe in Halabja city.
beside his appreciation and being happy for the organization works Halabja governor expressed his cooperation to support Amez organization
سەردانی ئامێز بۆ پارێزگاری هەڵەبجە
لەبەرواری 20-9-2015 بەمەبەستی ئاشنایەتی و پەیوەندی لە نێوان هەردوولادا و ناساندنی پرۆژە و پرۆگرامی ڕێکخراوی ئامێز لە شاری هەڵەبجە. ڕێکخراومان هەستا بەسەردانی کردنی پارێزگاری هەڵەبجە
سەرەڕای بەرزنرخاندن و دڵخۆشی خۆی بۆ کارەکانی ڕێکخراوەکە، هاوکاری خۆی دەربڕی بۆ پشتگیری کردنی ڕێکخراوی ئامێز.
Security workshop was held at Amez organization in two different times by the security advisor (Edessa Ramos), who was recommended by KtK. The first time was in 3-4/8/2015, it was just a pre-assessment to guess the security situations of Amez, in order to write down and formulate a security plan draft for Amez organization.
First of all background of Amez was required in briefly, the security situations were discussed generally. The risks were mentioned. Women issues and situations were shown; the most challenging situations and obstacles in front of working in community were explained by Amez staff and its board, they also were informed about individual security and group security, everyone and every organization have to have their own security plan to follow it well. Questionnaire program was presented with using slides which consisted of some standards questions about security situation. Amez responded the questions, through this answers the security picture of Amez will be taken.
The general meaning and concept of security was Analyzed with showing a map. It was mentioned that we should focus on having a good security setting which requires keys, guard, mobile, generator, radio communication, parking car, good walls, doors, window barriers …etc. Everyone should be willing to support a program which protects everybody’s security.
The second time of holding the workshop was in 8-9/9/2015, Fist of all it was a revision through the last pre-assessment to add other inputs for the plan. Then IT Security was well-explained with standard procedures. The building was checked and recommendations were said for security of the building. At last Amez owns its own security plan to follow it in working; it was formulated through this workshop by the security advisor, and was given to Amez organization.
Education minister met with Swedish organization Kvinna till Kvinna representative ‘
Education minister of KRG (Pshtiwan Sadiq) met with representative of Swedish organization Kvinna till Kvinna and Amez organization for developing girl’s potential who they are working in Halabja, in the ministry office, on the date of 16/6/2015.
Kvinna till Kvinna is a Swedish international organization for women human rights and peace that they are supporting those countries which they are in war or recently war was finished there.
From the year of 2011 kvinna till kvinna has opened its office in Kurdistan region and Iraq, representative of the organization said that: we are not a human organization, but also we are working for developing women human potentials of those countries which war have been occurred on it, and we want to make a warm contact with the organizations inside Kurdistan region.
About this subject, (Awaz Mohammad) Amez organization chairwoman who she works in Halabja said that: previously, we did small projects as opening different courses for women and girls, but nearly for seven years we tried hard for creating international relations and for 4 years till now Kvinna till kvinna organization is our supporter and donor for carrying out our duties in Kurdistan region, and now we are going to open a big project by the name of (Folk High School) in Kurdistan which the Swedish organization takes financial and incorporeal responsibilities.
In addition, and also in this frame the both organizations visited education minister, doctor (Pshtiwan Sadiq), due to getting incorporeal support by the ministry of education of KRG, according to the project of this two organizations which is an education development for girls, so it is important for the related ministries of Kurdistan region especially education ministry to have a great role upon building and education development, and also education minister expresses his happiness for this project which will be open and start its work in (1/1/2016).
Education minister said that: those projects are very important for developing women and girls potential in Halabja and the other remote places of Kurdistan.
Awaz Muhammad Amez organization chairwoman mentioned that; the first our work and course for the next year inside this folk high school will opening special course for nursery teachers, because of we need to educate our generations in a good way and if we educate our individuals from childhood in a proper and modern way, they will be the honor for our nation in the future.
Ministry of education
The project of Establishing a women folk high school in Halabja
Amez organization for developing potential energies of women:
Amez organization is a nongovernmental, independent and neutral organization.
In 2005 it was founded in Sulaymanya city, in 2007 Amez has developed its activities in Halabja and its ongoing till now.
Since Amez started work in Halabja till now it has offered the community many vocational courses, intellectual seminars and different activities in the frame of women affairs.
At present time Amez is supported by the Swedish international foundation Kvinna Till Kvinna. For the intention of offering services to women more, Amez wants to establish a women folk high school in Halabja, based on the system of Swedish folk high school by adapting with the necessities and environment of Kurdish society .
In order to offer long term vocational courses for those women who have missed study or they haven't had chance to get a job or finish study.
Folk high school introduction
It's an institution for educating adults who they haven't accessed through academic study and education, the system of this institution is known as folk building which is a part of free informal education system. The education of this institute is a democratic education and developing knowledge and professional abilities of those individuals in community who they are up 18 years old, the sample of this institution are worldwide for instance: (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, USA, India and Tanzania..... etc).
Features of this folk high school:
It's a long life learning, getting information and experiences institution. work styles are team groups, this educations develops individuals potential energies, individual can get experiences from society and surroundings and then share them in calss, participants can take part without discriminations like discriminating age, religion, nation or educational experience level. the materials are various, focus on the fields of human rights, sport, health, art and literature, language course, environment study, hand craft, learning a profession, human development, self-expression, global awareness and constructive critical thinking is common.
this folk high school prepares active people, in way they are enthusiastic for society. there is no exams. It teaches the participants how to get out from comfort zone and try to do new things. the folk high school courses are different duration courses there are 6 weeks, 6 months, one year or two years.
Features of folk high school graduated participants:
It educates participants in various skills and fields, qualified for employment, they have enthusiasm for society and they have a great role and impact upon community. participants start new projects, graduated participants get psychological, physical, and economical benefit from folk high school.
Objectives of this project:
1- Educate women through offering vocational courses, developing their potential energies, especially those women who haven't had chance to take part at general experiences and communicate with society.
2- Supporting women to get skill in a field and make a chance for them to get a job to run their normal life.
3- Getting benefit from the talent of women, to avoid neglecting them in the frame of home.
4-Educate active, intellect, self-confident and self-independent women.
Amez relationships and follow up for folk high school:
Amez organization have a strong relationship with a two Swedish folk high school teachers in Sweden, they have announced that they are ready to offer needed cooperation in that field like preparing curriculum, holding training for Amez staff and board. in 2014 Amez organization conducted a study visit to Tanzania in Africa continent with these two teachers to visit the folk high schools in that country and get experiences from them. in the spring of 2015 Amez was invited for another study visit to Sweden by these two teachers to be familiar with the concept of folk high school in Sweden.
Now Amez has got a good background and experiences in the field of folk high school, Amez intention is to share these experiences in order to serve Kurdistan. Moreover for the purpose of transparency and awareness about how the formulated plans of this project are going on, Amez has written the next 5 years strategic plan.
Requests and main conditions for implementation of this project:
For reaching the objectives of this project, coming true of this big dream, serving women more, progressing community, building participants and society trust upon this folk high school, and giving formal certification to the graduated participants, Amez organizations needs KRG official permission to establish this planned folk high school which is supposed to be opened in January 2016 and embraces participants, after taking official permission from KRG.
Amez are sincerely asking related parties to support and cooperate us, to make this big dearm come true and serving Kurdish society.
Amez organization for developing potential energies of women
Women's Centre of Kurdistan visiting Skeppsholmens college March 7, 2015 | Skeppsholmens college
More information about Skeppsholmens college found on www.skeppsholmensfolkhogskola.se.
The March 8 to 15 visit a women's center from Kurdistan Skeppsholmens college in Stockholm.
The group of four people will mostly studying adult education at Skeppsholmen college, but also do other excursions, including visits to Woman to Woman, SIDA and the Ombudsman.
One of the aims of the visit is to study different methods that adult education in Sweden uses. The women will also tell you about its operations in Kurdistan and that there would start a barnskötarutbildning.
You can find more information about Skeppsholmens college.
Amez study visit field trip to Tanzania country
Amez organization wants to establish a women folk high school in Halabja to offer vocational courses, for those women who have missed study or have no job opportunity in order to learn a profession then will be able to get a job. For the purpose of
getting good information about the philosophy of folk high school and how it really is, Amez had a field trip to Tanzania. Awaz and Maram from Amez organization with the two Swedish folk high school teachers Katarina and Pia from Skeppsholmen folk school in
Sweden travelled (to) there, this group landed in Dar El Salam city it was 7 hours away from Turkey by airplane.
Tanzania was a very nice country in East Africa, Dodoma is the capital city. It was invaded by Germany and England and it has gained its independence in 1964. According to recent estimates 35% of the population is Muslim, 30% is Christian and 35% practice the Traditional African religion. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, Swahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. The literacy rate in Tanzania for persons aged 15 and over is estimated to be 67.8 percent. The country has a good art, literature and an amazing culture. The people are popular for making nice hand-craft works and sell them to the foreigners. Moreover, Tanzania is a good touristy country because it has a beautiful nature and so many tourists across the world visit the country.
Tanzania’s flag is four colors which are green, black, blue and yellow.
Green represents the forests, black represents the people of Tanzania, blue represents the ocean and yellow represents the mineral and natural recourses.
The group stayed for 13 days in Tanzania; they travelled on from 24th of October till 5th of Novemeber of 2014. They visited Meya; a Swedish woman who works at KTA with her husband Majid, a Tanzanian man, who was the director of KTA, they have 4 intelligent boys, one of them who was 16 years old talked about his dreams. Which is, becoming president of the country and strive for a better life for everybody in Africa, and to save all the oppressed regions in the world. Later on they visited (KTA) office which means Caribo Tanzania Associations in Iringa city; it is the main office and an umbrella organization for all the 55 (FDC) Folk Developing Colleges across Tanzania. The group had an introduction with the KTA staff at the office with a short presentation about the vision and mission of Amez organization and those activities and courses that had been held. The group mentioned and explained the contact between Sweden and Kurdistan to establish a women folk high school in Halabja. (KTA) made a presentation about their foundation as well. They didn’t have knowledge about Kurdistan, when a brief report about Kurdistan and its history was presented they were so amazed and impressed by Kurdish strives for liberty and independence, at last they sang this song with the group;
“We are happy to share
Happy to share,
One another struggle,
That’s why we are here,
Turn around and hug your neighbor,
That’s why we are here”
The group visited three folk high schools respectively in different areas of the country. When they were going to any schools, they made an introduction with them and explained their aim of the visit. The people were helpful to give information and they were a hospitable people.
First of all the group visited Ilula FDC; in Ilula town, near Iringa city it was a very nice town and the school building was simple but amazingly arranged with nice yard, garden, trees and beautiful flowers. There, the vocational courses were (electrician, cooking, making bricks, building, Mama and life skills courses) they had different classes for the courses. Here at Mama Course class the participants performed an amazing Tanzanian song and dance.
Then they visited Njombe FDC, Njombe is the name of both the town and the school. They visited the different class courses, their courses were (Mechanic, Computer, Sewing, Cooker, Electrician, Agriculture, Taking care of animals, Carpenter, Nurse, Mama, and Communication skills courses).
Finally the group visited Ulembwe FDC, outside Njombe town in a countryside area. There were (Sewing, Mechanic, Cooking, Mama, Taking care of animals and Agriculture courses) it was an amazing school in a big farm area, the staff and students were so productive, they were producing electricity by using solar system and gas and fertilizer from waste of the animals as well. Mama course participants were taking care of animals and growing agricultural products to sell and get an income for running their life. The students at free time train on song, plays, music, and dance. During arrival of the group they performed a fantastic ceremony with Tanzanian song and dance for welcoming the group.
The difference between formal school and folk high school is that folk high school helps the students to learn a profession or a skill in order to be able to get employed easily. There is no student failure in all the (FDC) s because all the attempts are to teach the students a profession or a skill to get a job, both male and female share experiences and work together not separately. The theoretical lessons are taught in the classes and outside class around the school the students practice the theoretical lessons. All the courses participants have to give a fee except Mama Course participants. Those vocational courses are what the country needs most. All the courses duration is two years. Most of the participants will be able to get a job or start their own business after graduation. Every year a good deal of applicants send their application for recruiting in the FDC . In all the courses a lesson is taught about self-health care and self-personal development.
Mama course attracted the group attention and impressed them most. It was a course for those young women and mothers who became pregnant due to rape or their love relationship. They been dropped out of school due to pregnancy and the fathers of the children didn't take responsibility of the pregnant young women and also the yong women families dismissed them from home. Mama course
embraces these young women with their children for two years and don’t allow them to spread over the streets and unsafe places; besides this they are taught skill courses like knitting, sewing, cooking and hand craft in order to the young women will be able to do a work to run themselves and their children after leaving FDC. All the Mama Course participants were happy to be there and have a place like that.
Neema Crafts Guest House in Iringa was one of the hotels that the group stayed there during the trip. There was an active and friendly disabled staff, that they have been trained by British Church and they were running Neema Cafe; the guest house restaurant. In the first floor of the Guest house there was a small factory where the workers were disabled, yet produced hand craft products like (bags, toys, purses, necklaces and bracelets …etc) and there was also a shop for selling those products. It was interesting how these disabled workers were working happily and they were earning an income to run their life.
It is noticeable that different religions or beliefs in Tanzania does not lead to problems or conflicts, in some families the parents have different religions and their children are free to choose their mother’s or their father’s religion or any other. One of the group’s driver said “I am Muslim and I have a daughter, she is free to obey any religion and marry whoever she wants”.
It is worth mentioning that the group enjoyed from the green nature and long forests in Tanzania, Indian Ocean is a fantastic ocean which is located on the East of Tanzania it was the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. On their way to Iringa city we passed through Ehovy area which was a long forest. They passed through Me Kimmy National Park; it was an enchanting forest with beautiful natural tall trees and lovely animals. The country is rich with natural forest, woods and beautiful animals; they get benefits from their natural wealth and resources. Then they visited Ruaha National Park; it was a very big overwhelming natural forest with various wild animals that live freely, there were many different old and tall trees, some products of the trees are used to produce medicine. The five most dangerous animals live at this park, everybody has to pass through it only by a special strong car, if you get off the car, it will be a risk and the animals will attack you deadly so it was somehow dangerous but enjoyable as well.
Tanzania is well-known for growing delicious fruit like avocado, mango, coconut, tamarind and banana, and also for having beautiful animals like giraffe, elephant, lion, monkey, various birds, zebra, crocodile, sea cow …etc
Eventually there was an evening meeting with Katarina and Pia about the whole study visit and how it was generally, they all shared the viewpoints and ideas together about folk high school in Tanzania and Amez plan
to establish one in Halabja . They composed the primary steps to take, the plan was that the Swedish folk high school teachers Katarina and pia visit Kurdistan to hold workshops and trainings for Amez staff about introducing and conveying the concepts of folk
high school and also support Amez to put a curriculum for the courses of the school.
Amez wants to share these experiences to establish the planned folk high school through the experiences of this study visit and later on.
Two Tanzanian words
Asanta = thank you
Caribo = welcome
Written by; Maram S. Qadir
Conflict transformation through dialogue A report about a training course at Amez centre in Halabja
Amez is a women center and organization in the city Halabja in Kurdistan. Amez is founded and lead by a Swedish Kurdish woman Awaz Daleni, who saw the need for establishing a centre in a city, which has been through horrible
experiences in the last 25 years.
In 1988 Halabja experienced a human catastrophe. The Sadam regime attacked the city with chemical weapons and killed 5000 of their citizens. Another 10.000 were able to escape and survive, but often with multiple diseases. Although the massacre happened 25 years ago, the people of Halabja are still suffering both mentally and physically.
The situation for women in this region of Kurdistan is rather not easy. After the attack more Islamic groups have been established, making life for women more limited as it should have been. Amez is an organization which tries to offer women activities which both can give pleasure, but also new knowledge and inspire them to try out new things and overcome some of their limitations.
Beside of these activities for women Amez are arranging courses and trainings for people in and outside of Halabja. The last year Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue came in contact with Amez Centre. Through that contact we agreed on offering training in Conflict transformation for staff members and others professionals in the Halabja region.
The training was a four day training run by senior adviser Christiane Seehausen from the Nansen Centre. The idea behind the training was to give basic knowledge about the use of dialogue in conflict situations. The training was based on a pedagogical thinking which wishes to highlight each participant’s unique personal and professional experiences and competence. This was done by an interactive approach, with widespread use of group work, exercises and plenary sessions with answer and questions.
The first day the participants had to describe their own identity through an exercise called Identity mapping. This mapping gave the participants the opportunity to present themselves in a very open way, without special focus
on position or status, instead a deeper insight into interests, background and motivation.
Defining root and feet in our identities was the next step. In that exercise they tried to find parts of identity which are unchangeable (root) and parts which might be possible to move in different directions (feet). Defining root and feet is important for understanding that most parts of our identity are not stable, but changeable depending on our surroundings, relations and other types of influence.
Many communicative situations are quite difficult and might end in misunderstandings or conflicts. The participants were challenged to describe a difficult communicative situation. Through that they were challenged to reflect about their own feelings and reactions regarding such situations. These individual reflections ended with a talk about how to prevent or change such communicative situations. Beside of that the participants got aware that all of us are sending and receiving verbal and non- verbal messages the whole time, but most of it is unconsciously.
Listening is one of the most important skills in dialogue and perhaps the most difficult. Being
an active listener means to be attentive and respectful. The participants were lead into a listening exercise, which gave them a possibility to experience both to be listened to and to listen. In the end of the first day the participants explored how different
actions provoke our feelings. The exercise Fact and Feeling showed that feelings play an important role in how we communicate with others.
What else controls our communication? A fairytale exercise brought the group to a reflection round about values. A simple model showed that feelings, values, attitudes and intentions have a big impact on our communicative behavior.
Defining the term conflict was the first step on the second day. In this context defining means the group will decide what the term conflict means for them. Such an approach gives the participants an opportunity to reflect about something they use frequently in their daily life, but not necessary are aware about what it means for them. All kind of clarifications can help us to be clearer in our communication.
There are many types of conflicts. The group found examples of conflicts based on resources, values and feelings. Talking about the different types of conflicts the participants found out the conflicts based on values might be the most difficult to solve. But anyhow to know the type of conflict we are struggling with might help us to handle that conflict in an efficient way.
Mapping a conflict situation is a good start in search for sustainable solutions. In a mapping process one has to define all involved actors in the conflict and describe their relations to each other. Are they in conflict with each other, do they communicate or is the communication broken down. Mapping gives an overview over the current situation and made the participants to reflect over self-experienced conflicts in a new way. After mapping the participants had to analyze their conflicts by using to analyzing tools. Analyzing each actor in the conflict was quite demanding and triggered many discussions.
The third day started with a presentation of a model for five possible ways for meeting a conflict. Each way has its explanation and goal. In some conflict situations my goal might be not to destroy my relations to the others involved. If that is the case I might choose a non-confronting way. In other situations I will reach my goals even if that means destroying the relations with some of the other involved.
Dialogue is one of the five possible ways of handling a conflict. A presentation of the difference between dialogue and debate was the next step on the agenda. Dialogue means creating mutual understanding. For reaching that we have to listen carefully and open minded. We also have to be humble enough to understand that I am not better than the other and wise enough to see my own uniqueness.
Active listening is one of the important competences in a dialogue process. Using the flip charts about active listening from the first day, the participants were drawn into a listening exercise. Sitting in front of one of the others, the participants were challenged to tell about a personal skill, competence they would like to get acknowledged. This exercise demanded good listening skills and the ability to be generous, both important in a dialogue process.
The last day started with further working on important values in dialogue. There is no dialogue without respect. But what does the term respect mean, how does culture influence our way of expressing respect and what might be the link
between respect and self-respect.
Important and difficult questions for the first group work that day. The groups came up with many answers to these questions. Among others they underlined that there are different types of respect for example the respect children have to show their parents, respect for the government or respect for elderly people. The talk brought the group into a reflection about respect and accept and how to combine respect and critical thinking.
A good dialogue has to have certain ground rules. The group got a list of 12 of them.
Among others these rules are: Do not judge, take care of yourself and the others, achieve personal and societal change and try to show your vulnerability. The group had to read these 12 ground rules and find the 6 they considered as the most important. They also had to reflect about which of those might be difficult to implement into the Kurdish society.
Lack of listening was one of the ground rules some of the participants considered as difficult to implement into the Kurdish society. Others meant that lack of listening is sign of missing respect. Both of them make it quite challenging to obtain societal changes.
Even some of the ground rules are difficult to implement, increased use of the dialogue method might encourage changes into the society. In the end of the course
the participant were introduced to important steps for a dialogue process. The introduction tried to underline that dialogue is not only a one time activity, but a longer process. Into that process there are different phase like analyzing and mapping of the
current context, planning of different activities (how, what, when and where) recruiting the participants, implementation and evaluation.
By using the list, at the end of the day, the participants were discussing how to start up their own dialogue process in Halabja. One outcome of that discussion was that the dialogue has to continue and that this course was not the end, but the beginning of a longer process.
Some of our activities during those last years
Amez was founded in
2005 in the city of Sulaymaniyah. It is religiously and politically unbiased and unbound. It was started in order to promote the status of women in Kurdistan.
Amez has worked to influence women to come out from their homes and communicate with their society and participate in the public life and experience, and hit its targets, that since 2005 till now nearly( 8,000 –10,000) women have visited and participated the courses of Amez. All of the participants have got benefit from the courses, and it is approximately %70 of them are managed to become self-sufficient in a manner. Some of them have started their own businesses and have become successful entrepreneurs, while others have managed to receive employment, for improving this result we have documents about life and jobs of those participants after participating on the courses of Amez.