The year 2020 has brought new challenges to humanity. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all the spheres of human lives. Even though the situation in Cambodia is relatively safe, the country has also suffered from the virus. It is especially visible in rural communities where people have limited opportunities for access to information and income generation. On 6th June we went to our target area in Prek Chrey commune to speak with KCD field staff and some beneficiaries to reflect on our activities related to response to COVID-19. Read more “COVID-19 response: Part 1. Hygiene and awareness.”
Forum Theater is a tool to encourage social change through promoting empathy between different groups in Cambodia. This approach can be used to empower communities, including minority groups and youth, teach them to express themselves, build understanding for each other. Click here to learn more about Forum Theater and the Course.
Our next free training will take place on 18-20 February (3 days) in Phnom Penh (place will be announced to registered participants later). Each NGO can register up to two persons. Deadline for registrations is 13th February. Early registrations will be given priority.
The course is absolutely free, including venue, lunch and snacks.
Register by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
KCD is happy to announce that on 29-31 January we will be offering our first Forum Theater training to NGOs from Phnom Penh, who are willing to learn about this methodology. To learn more about training course, click here.
Unfortunately, there are no more spots for training course in January. However, if your organization is interested in learning about Forum Theater and its’ implementation as a tool of social change, we will be offering 3 more free workshops from February to March 2020. Trainings can be conducted in Phnom Penh or in province, depending on interest of the participants.
To register for workshop, please send an email to email@example.com, or fill in the contact form.
Hope to see you at the workshop soon!
You might have probably noticed that in our articles we refer to Forum Theater (FT) as one of the primary methods for our project work. You would probably wonder what FT is and how does it work? Today we want to talk more about FT, its history, methodology and how it is implemented by KCD.
In a nutshell, Forum Theater, also known as “Theater of the Oppressed” is a type of theater that relates to encouraging the audience to engage and influence the performance on stage, thus becoming “spect-actors” with a power to stop and change the performance. The spect-actors can either suggest different actions to the actors, or come on stage themselves to become a part of the drama and perform they own solutions to the situation. Issues dealt with in FT are often related to areas of social justice with aims to explore solutions to oppression featured in the performance.
On 18-20th September KCD team has traveled from our cosy Phnom Penh office to Jombok Hoas Training Centre Resort. This was not just a regular teambuilding trip, our goal was to see, how far can we go beyond ourselves.
As you might probably know, KCD is using Forum Theater Methodology in its project activities. Training and implementing Forum Theater definitely requires a certain level of professionalism. Funny enough, no one of us has professional theater background. Thus, it might seem very challenging for our staff to use the method that we have never studied at university.
But life itself is a challenge and as NGO workers we should take it for granted. Every time, one of is using Forum Theater in their work activities, it is a step out of their comfort zone. So we have decided to challenge ourselves even more and to see, how far can we go out of our comfort zone. Read more “Get out of your comfort zone to achieve more!”
During 12-17 July 2019 KCD was happy to have visitors form Nepal. Three guests from Mandala Theater (Kathmandu, Nepal) visited Phnom Penh during the hot sunny days in July. KCD staff were extremely lucky to spend those days with high theater professionals, exchange experience and learn valuable performing skills. Read more “Theater from Nepal comes to Cambodia”
In the end of April and first weeks of May KCD had a pleasure to host an old friend of our Organization – Joanna Lewicka – a professional theater director from Poland and Germany.
This is already 5th time Joanna is coming to Cambodia. Every visit she is providing valuable Forum Theater training to KCD staff and target groups. This time Joanna has conducted two 3-days training sessions: one for KCD staff and one for Forum Theater Group members who traveled from Prek Chrey to Phnom Penh.
During the first training session for KCD staff Joanna went beyond the borders of Forum Theater and encouraged us to learn and use the full spectrum of theater tools, such as Multimedia, Masks, Shadows and Puppets.
Last weekend (December 8 – 10) KCD has held a Forum Theatre Reflection Meeting at Koh Kong in Sihanouk Province.
30 kids from Prek Chrey commune accompanied by KCD staff and volunteers spent three days together discussing about Forum Theatre and its’ role for peace in the community, practicing their acting skills, sleeping under the stars and just having fun.Read more “Forum Theatre Reflection Meeting at Koh Kong”