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27 Oct
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The Next Step

The NEXT STEP

Now that the NYSC is over, you might be trying to figure out what is next for you; Postgraduate study? Get a Job?, Get Married? Start Up your own business? Get retained by your PPA and lots more questions left unanswered. You build up a lot of anxiety that makes you nervous.

Come get some needed skills and have your doubt cleared. It may look difficult but some people have over come and are doing excellent while a number still remain idle and depressed. Your case does not have to look like the latter.

Playback Nigeria and Redeemer’s University Alumni Association (Abuja Chapter) invites you to a one day practical workshop on taking the NEXT STEP after service.

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Abuja (Invitations will be sent to only registered participants)

 

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03 Nov
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UNICEF partners Playback Nigeria on WASH sensitization

 

WASH

WASH

Improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities leads to healthier families and communities. Practice of safe hygiene within the IDP requires urgent attention because of the increase in waterborne diseases caused by unsafe sanitation and hygiene practices such as open defecation, lack of proper waste management among others. There is a need for intensive hygiene promotion activities in IDP to ensure a healthy life of children and women with the IDP camps.

Apart from the health challenges such as water-borne diseases they are prone to, issues of poisonous animals such as snakes bites, pollution are also major issues of concern. It is important that the IDPs are engaged within a safe space to discuss and explore ways of solving their sanitation issues.

Playback Nigeria has partnered with UNICEF to engage the IDPs in a creative space using Forum Theatre methods towards achieving a sanitized and hygienic environment through the use of Applied Drama techniques. We recognize that there is a need to raise more social consciousness on issues such as improper hygiene and this can be done by embracing a more creative and educative approach – DRAMA.

The activity will run for a period of 16days starting with training of IDPs as Forum Theatre actors and actual intervention in the 12 IDP camps in Maiduguri from Monday 7th of November 2016. The performances would not only be entertaining and educative but will involve the audience as active participants in the process – what Boal calls Spect-Actors.

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03 Nov
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UNICEF, Playback Nigeria exhibit art-installation on Ending Violence Against Children by 2030

The  Nigeria  Violence Against Children Survey (carried out by the National Population Commission, with the support of UNICEF and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), launched by Government of Nigeria in September 2015, highlighted the  prevalence of sexual, physical, and emotional violence suffered by children in Nigeria.

The survey estimates that half of all children in Nigeria experience physical violence, one in four girls and one in ten boys experience sexual violence and one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence before they reach the age of 18 years. The majority of children never tell anyone what has happened to them and less than 4% of these get the help they need to recover.

To address this, and join the global action to end violence against children in Nigeria, Playback Nigeria and UNICEF renewed their partnership in using art as a tool for intervention in ending VAC in Nigeria. The event was the celebration of the Presidential Year of Action to End Violence Against Children in Nigeria on Tuesday 25th of October.

Playback Nigeria took the centre stage at the event which was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with 2 major activities; theatre performance on taking actions to end violence against children and art exhibition on ending VAC.

Performance of narrative theatre

Performance of narrative theatre

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03 Nov
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UNICEF, IOM, WHO & Playback Nigeria Celebrate 2016 World Mental Health Day

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Published materials for Mental Health Awareness

 

World mental health day has been set aside to be celebrated on October 10th each year for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. First celebrated by the world federation for mental health in 1992, the day has been used to support those in distress and to show the gap in humanitarian response towards mental health.

The 2016 World Mental Health day according to the World Federation of Mental Health is targeted at looking inward at mental health intervention for people who experience personal crisis which increases stress and likelihood of developing mental health problems.

Together with the World Mental Health Day, the mental health awareness week is held to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximize their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.

There are many people in Nigeria experiencing mental problems especially but not limited to the  Northeast such as Borno, which was heavily affected by conflict causing psychological distress. With psycho-social interventions by UN organizations particularly UNICEF and IOM, some affected communities have been supported to cope with the psychological effect of conflict. With all the efforts and projects put in place, interventions are still far from adequate because of the level of attention given to mental health due to awareness and education of communities. Other parts of the country, including key decision makers at the Federal level remain far removed from the psychological effect of the conflict, with very superficial understanding of how it is impacting on the daily lives of the thousands of people that have been directly affected by it.

Published materials for Mental Health Awareness

With the limited education of community education on mental health, children and adults with mental problems including anxiety, depression are not given proper attention and mostly get discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized.  For children, this situation also increases risks of abuse and exploitation.

A partnership has been sustained by Playback Nigeria, IOM, UNICEF and WHO as they commemorate the world mental health day and mental health awareness week 2016, creating awareness on mental health and providing space for sharing personal stories and experience for the 2nd time in a row following the 2015 commemoration.

The event which witnessed over 1000 people was held at the Teachers’ Village IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State on the 10th of October 2016. Playback Nigeria trainned and worked with 17 IDP youths to create 2 theatre presentation on psychological first aid among IDPs.

 

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03 Nov
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UNICEF, Borno State Government Partner with Playback Nigeria to capture stories of resilience

As part of the UNICEF’s Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) programme, the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD) has been engaging the technical expertise of Playback Nigeria in training community volunteers in art-based psychosocial support programme with the funding support of the EU.

To evaluate the progress made, Playback Nigeria was commissioned to carry-out an art-based research and documentation of the children’s real life stories of resilience through psychosocial activities.  The project was carried out with over 1000 children across 6 camps in Maiduguri including; Gubio Camp, Old Maiduguri School, Sanda Kyarimi, NYSC Camp, Bakkasi Camp and Teacher’s Village. in all, 79 stories were captured in the yet-to-be-released report titled REINFORCING RESILIENCE.

The report covered children’s:

  • Experience of the conflict and resultant displacement, including how this has affected them on a personal, family and community level
  • How they find life in their current place of residence
  • How long they have been participating in the psychosocial activities, and in what ways this is helping/not helping
  • Some of the most memorable/interesting things that have happened to them
  • What plans they have for their future, and how they see that playing out
  • Typical day.

The Playback Nigeria team was supported by the team of UNICEF PSS consultants that are providing support supervision to the network of community volunteers that are delivering the PSS programme.

Playback Nigeria team in Borno IDP camps

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Working with the IDPs in Borno

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Playback Nigeria team in Borno IDP camps

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25 Oct
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Request for a Free Playback Theatre / Spoken Word Performance

 

Do you have a youth-led organisation or you are planning a program for youths this November? Let’s bring Playback theatre to you.

Send a request to office@playbacknigeria.com

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06 Feb
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Playback Nigeria launches FREE LISTENING

We believe that everyone has a story, as healing comes through personal narratives (Alexander & Michelle, 2015), hence our dedication to exploring the healing power of arts to help everyday people deal with life as it comes.

The culture of silence has caused more harm, a major cause for depression and anxiety which sometimes leads to suicidal thoughts of the actual action. Different people have everyday occurrence, however they lack a trusted and listening ear, to address this, Playback Nigeria partnered with US Based Urban Confessional to introduce the globally allaimed talking therapy called ‘Free Listening’

We work with, and with train people across Nigeria who acts as volunteer listeners in public spaces (with a sign ‘YOU CAN TALK TO ME’ etc.) to listen to those stories that are hardly told by people.
Research shows that interventions like FREE LISTENING is an important part of treatment for depression or bipolar disorder, it can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations cope with life.
We envisage that this project will help address mental wellness and mental health issues in Nigeria.

 

Interested in Volunteering for FREE LISTENING project? Send a whatsapp message to 08038288609 with your state details.

 

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