The           ISFiT           WayTRONDHEIM 11-20 FEBRUARY 2011
CONTENT                                                                    3    Leader                                    ...
LEADERDEAR FRIENDS,ISFiT 2011, the International Student Festival in          he participants. The goal of ISFiT is to cre...
CEREMONY     WE HAVE THE FIRE INSIDE US     At the Opening Ceremony of ISFiT 2011, the host of the evening declared     th...
GLOBALIZE THIS: HEALTHTheme Document for ISFiT 2011                             RelevanceThe theme document is formed to e...
WORKSHOP 1     POLITICS     Active and engaged participants discussed     the ideal health care system in the Politics    ...
WORKSHOP 2THEATERThe Theater Workshop did not lack the ambitions as theywere taught methods on how to make theatre with a ...
WORKSHOP 3     EDUCATION     As a way to develop the ideas born at ISFiT 2011, the participants at     the Education Works...
WORKSHOP 4WATERUsing each other’s experiences and learning from experts, the participantsof the Water Workshop got better ...
WORKSHOP 5     MENTAL HEALTH     Workshop 5 wanted to raise awareness about how our mental health is affected     by cultu...
WORKSHOP 6LITERATUREHow to approach global health through literature?The sixth workshop set out to answer and examinethis ...
WORKSHOP 7     CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT     The participants of the Climate and Environment Workshop experienced each     o...
WORKSHOP 8ECONOMYBy Tobias VikenEconomy touches upon every aspect of global health.A major challenge for Workshop 8 was th...
WORKSHOP 9     FOOD     Food is our common ground, a universal experience, but even though there is     more than enough f...
WORKSHOP 10SEX29 participants from 24 different countries made up workshop10 and gathered in Trondheim to work with topics...
WORKSHOP 11     GLOBAL STREET ART     The workshop Global Street Art visualized the concept of health through art.     By ...
WORKSHOP 12FUTUREIn workshop 12 the future was put in focus. 36 participants from countries spanning from LatinAmerica to ...
WORKSHOP 13     GENES     What does the future child look like? This question and many other were raised on one of the    ...
WORKSHOP 14WOMEN AND CHILDRENWomen and children are often the first victims in crises and poverty. Workshop 14 consisted o...
WORKSHOP 15     INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY     Internet and mobile phones has during the last 20 years revolutionized how we c...
WORKSHOP 16SPORTSWorkshop 16 was definitely the workshop with the most physical activity.By Katrine Hansen                ...
WORKSHOP 17     DEVELOPMENT AND AID     There are many perceptions of the issues related to the term “development and aid”...
THE STUDENT PEACE PRIZEA CONTRIBUTION TO PEACEFor more than a decade the Student Peace Prize has been a way to support stu...
WALK OF PEACE      TRONDHEIM’S NEW ATTRACTION      Since 1999, the Student Peace Prize has been awarded to students or stu...
THE STUDENT PEACE CONFERENCE 2011      This year, big ambitions were made when the third Student Peace      Conference gat...
THE STUDENT PEACE PRIZE CEREMONYA WONDERFUL RECOGNITIONTrondheim Symphony Orchestra opened the Student Peace Prize Ceremon...
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
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ISFiT 2011 - final summary
ISFiT 2011 - final summary
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ISFiT 2011 - final summary
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  1. 1. The ISFiT WayTRONDHEIM 11-20 FEBRUARY 2011
  2. 2. CONTENT 3 Leader 4 The Opening Ceremony 5 Theme Document 6 Workshops 6 WS 1 POLITICS 7 WS 2 THEATER 8 WS 3 EDUCATION 9 WS 4 WATER 10 WS 5 MENTAL HEALTH 11 WS 6 LITERATURE 12 WS 7 CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT 13 WS 8 ECONOMY 14 WS 9 FOOD 15 WS 10 SEX 16 WS 11 GLOBAL STREET ART 17 WS 12 FUTURE 18 WS 13 GENES 19 WS 14 WOMEN AND CHILDREN 20 WS 15 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 21 WS 16 SPORTS 22 WS 17 DEVELOPMENT AND AID 23 Student Peace Prize - A CONTRIBUTION TO PEACE 24 Walk of Peace 26 Student Peace Prize 26 Conference 27 Ceremony 28 Dialogue 30 Plenary Sessions 30 The Opening Ceremony 31 Susan Abulhawa 32 Globalize this 33 Maternal Health 34 Industrial Epidemics 35 Health and Education 36 Going Mental 37 HIV/aids 38 eHealth 39 Climate 40 Concert 42 Art 42 Art 43 Art 44 Preforming Arts 46 Event 46 A Crazy Circus 47 Project Connect 48 The Closing Ceremony 49 Thank YouPublisher: ISFiT 2011Print: Skipnes ASEditor in Chief: Sanna Drogset BørstadProof-reading: Katrine Hansen, Kaia Holen LovasJournalist: Tobias VIken, Marit Finnland Trøite, Daniel Stølsbotn, Åshild Klepsvik,Silje Helene Nilsen, Bertine TønsethHead of layout: Jon Coll MossigeLayout: Christoph ImlerPhoto: Fotogjengen ved Studentersamfundet i Trondhjem © FG fotogjengen.noMartine Retting, Sanna Drogset Børstad, Christoph Imler 2
  3. 3. LEADERDEAR FRIENDS,ISFiT 2011, the International Student Festival in he participants. The goal of ISFiT is to create newTrondheim, was arranged with a tremendous success attitudes and give a better understanding of thefrom 11th to 20th of February. This year ISFiT world we live in. In this document you can see thegathered more than 500 students to build a better results through statements and evaluations from theunderstanding of the world we live in and gain participants.essential knowledge in the theme of ISFiT 2011;global health. This final document is made to present It is not easy to sum up the ten days of ISFiT 2011 inan overview of the results of ISFiT 2011. a few words. The highlights of ISFiT 2011 are many, we all have our own favorite moments. Whether itISFiT is a meeting place designed to increase the is the debates and discussions in the workshops, theinteraction between students from all over the world inspiring speeches of world-renowned speakers, orin workshops, at the festivals cultural program and cultural evenings with the other participants or yourwith world-renowned speakers. It is an arena to hosts, I hope you have enjoyed every moment.broaden your horizons and build networks for thefuture. We at ISFiT encourage you to hold on to theexperiences and friends you made during your tendays in Trondheim, and I hope you will cherish themfor a long time. Students are the leaders of tomorrow.Understanding and indeed respecting the differences Sincerely,is the key to a peaceful future.In a workshop, the process is the most important.Even though concrete results are often made during aworkshop, the process the participant goes through isthe most important result. After two days of workshops Jørgen Westrum Thorsenthe participants have gained new experiences, new President, ISFiT 2011perspectives, concrete methods and tools for dialogue,and an international network of new friends.All who works in ISFiT are volunteers, but they stillgain a lot for the work they put down in the festival.Many get responsibility for tasks that requiresskilled workers, but since all are volunteers we donot demand any prerequisites. This means that thestudents get tasks they are not initially qualified for,but they acquire the competence while working withthe festival. The leaders in charge of the differentdepartments in ISFiT are responsible for the officialsbeing fit to perform their tasks, and that we have funwhile working. This way we learn much more than wewould learn in the universities or university collages.430 volunteering students of Trondheim andinvaluable partners made ISFiT 2011 possible.They have played an essential part of making thisyears festival an unforgettable experience for theparticipants and the people of Trondheim. I would liketo thank everyone that contributed to ISFiT 2011. AsI mentioned earlier ISFiT 2011 went past our wildestexpectations, and we have every reason to be proudof what we’ve achieved, that will live forever in ourhearts and in the history of ISFiT.The results from ISFiT are not easy to measure,because most of the results are inside the minds of 3
  4. 4. CEREMONY WE HAVE THE FIRE INSIDE US At the Opening Ceremony of ISFiT 2011, the host of the evening declared that we need no torch carrier to open this arrangement. We have the fire inside us. By Eline Hansen Næset - You’re already great When participants and volunteers entered Storsalen at Studentersamfundet’s regular visitors always Studentersamfundet Saturday 12th of February, there appreciate the men’s choir Pirum’s performances. were smiling faces, colourful garments and cameras The participants, coming from all over the world, also flashing all over the place. This was the moment that enjoyed their singing at the Opening Ceremony. everyone had been waiting for: the festival was about Dr. Kyra Gaunt said that she was supposed to talk to start. about the importance of collaboration amongst students, but as she gazed at the crowded hall, she - We are busy saving the world here declared: The Norwegian actor Mads Bones hosted the evening. - I think you’ve already got that handled. And you’re He described how the idea of an international student already great. Listen to each other. Listen for greatness. festival became a reality 20 years ago. The crowd Listening is the best gift to give another human being. agreed heartily to his comment that “we are busy Dr. Gaunt was to honor the participants with her saving the world here”. The first cultural performance company many times during the rest of the festival. was the first scene of a production called “Grass” by the dancers Kine Kvarme and Luis Della Mea. It was - We are ready to make a change received with laughter and wonder. Getting closer to the end of the ceremony, Bones made everybody in Storsalen hold hands with the Global Health Unites Us ones beside them, lift them towards the ceiling and - The energy in Storsalen is unique, Jørgen Westrum say that “we are ready to make a change”. Thorsen stated. It was a seemingly pleased President that entered the stage. The Norwegian, energetic, pop band Team Me - We create the ideas and attitudes that will change certainly raised the mood to even higher levels of the future. Global health affect all of us, from the day excitement and joy. At the end of their performance, we are born to the day we die. It unites us. We should people left their seats to join the dancing crowd in recognize the problems, but focus on the solutions. front of the stage. The President thereby declared ISFiT 2011 opened, When the official program was over, the ISFiT logo with great expectations, joy and pride. was shown in the ceiling, accompanied by the sound of a beating heart. The audience was ecstatic, and spontaneously people started to shout “ISFiT” rhythmically, which turned into singing. The ceremony truly was a worthy opening of ISFiT 2011. 4
  5. 5. GLOBALIZE THIS: HEALTHTheme Document for ISFiT 2011 RelevanceThe theme document is formed to explain how ISFiT Health is continuously becoming more relevant as2011 defines the concept global health and how an international phenomenon. Globalization makeswe wish to approach it as the festival theme. This the world smaller, and local challenges demandsdocument forms the framework for the thematic profile international action. A worldwide improvementof the festival and is a tool for ISFiT’s functionaries in health, protection against conditions whichin the process towards making a consistent festival threaten the health of the people and balancing thegreater than the sum of its parts. differences in health within and between countries, are all matters which are central in today’s debateDefinition around global health. Good health is a prerequisiteISFiT 2011 defines global health as the health of the to development, and poor health is a direct obstacle.entire world’s populace viewed in an international Health is affected by climate change, lack ofcontext across national perspectives and challenges. resources, economic instabilities and warfare. At theThe concept includes all aspects of human health: same time, technological and communal developmentBoth physical, mental and social. We define health has shown that both large governments and a singleas more than the absence of illness. Global health human being can influence the condition of globalinclude all humans and the interaction between them, health in a positive direction.the conditions they live in and their quality of life.Health is an individual resource all humans Approachpossess. In that regard, health is also a resource ISFiT 2011 will have a positive approach to globalto the local community, the nation and the world health. We accept the challenges and problemssociety. Global health is both affected and has an associated with the theme and wish to createeffect on international relations such as politics, constructive dialogue and debate. We will focus on thesecurity, economy and culture. Politics affect global opportunities for change by striving for both a presenthealth through international institutions and control and future oriented view on global health. ISFiT 2011mechanisms, as well as the national governing is going to learn from ongoing work and contributebody. Matters pertaining to security such as war and with knowledge and involvement. When health is asconflict, natural disasters and access to resources important to all people as it is today, it should andhave a direct influence on global health. Economical must be a central part of international debate. Thatconditions includes living standards and general is why we wish to renew focus on global health aswelfare securing basic health standards for everyone, an important part of the globalization process. Byas well as trade on the industrial health market. putting the theme up on display, we encourage theHealth, opinions and perception is also influenced by leaders of tomorrow to create the ideas and attitudesculture and socially contingent phenomena such as that change the world.gender, ideology and religion. The right to health,with respect to the position of the human rightsin different societies, is one of the most importantmechanisms to improve global health over time. 5
  6. 6. WORKSHOP 1 POLITICS Active and engaged participants discussed the ideal health care system in the Politics Workshop. By Marit Finnland Trøite Participants from 23 different countries gave grounds for broad discussions with different personal experiences and opinions. The differences between public and private health care systems were one of the issues they discussed, and Anuar Ridzuan Azman from Malaysia actually changed his view upon this theme during the festival: - I would make the health care system in my country purely public once I get rich and powerful, even though I was a supporter of private systems before I came to ISFiT, he said with a smile. Exchange of Opinions Politics is characterized by prioritization and lobbyism, and this was reflected in the methods used in the Politics Workshop. Throughout the week the participants had the opportunity to test their debate skills in the activity speed debating, where the participants were arranged in two rows of chairs, facing each other. Each pair of chairs had a note with a statement to debate, like for instance “The government is responsible for the health system in it’s country” or “Sugar products should be more expensive”. Another method used in the workshop was the value auction where the participants were asked to come up with important values that reflect a good lifestyle. Divided into groups, they were given “money” that the group could use in bidding for different values like “love”, “courage” and “honesty”. ISFiT Inspired After ten days together the 27 participants evaluated the festival. It was a common wish in the group to spread the word of ISFiT to encourage other people to apply, and Pierre Balaz even said that he wanted to look at the possibility of starting a festival similar to ISFiT in France. Others said they hopefully would use their experiences from ISFiT in future positions. Cristina M. Pinto was one of those. - I want to work in the public sector, but Mexican politicians are seen as corrupt and not reliable. Therefore I really want to get as much information and contacts around the world as possible, which ISFiT has given me. Whenever I come in to a public position I could avoid going into the same patterns. Nataliia Futurska, from Ukraine was also thrilled by the ten days of discussion. - I realize that youth across the world are the most important element in any kind of development. ISFiT is a big ball of energy, powered by youth. 6
  7. 7. WORKSHOP 2THEATERThe Theater Workshop did not lack the ambitions as theywere taught methods on how to make theatre with a worldchanging potential.By Silje Helene Nilsen interactive theater, where the audience is free toInvisible Theater intervene.A group of people in uniforms from the Norwegianarmy is walking around inside the railway station The participants learned methods like Image Theater,in Trondheim. A black girl walks into the building Forum Theater and improvisation, and really got toand the military men ask her to open the bag she experience how to make a change though carrying. She claims to have done nothing wrongand refuses. They demand her to open it. The girl Aviar from Estonia and Eunhye from South Koreapanics and cries out for help. She accuses them of had no doubt that they were going to use this newbeing racists. The military men take her outside where knowledge and experiences in projects getting backthey empty her bag on the pavement. They grab her home.arms and drag her with force through many blocks, - I will bring all the methods I’ve learned here at ISFiTwhile she is screaming for help. People around stop back home with me to South Korea, and teach theand stare, but no one interfere. Finally a man stops theater club I’m leading. Especially I want to try outthem and asks what is going on. invisible theater. South Korea is a very conservative country compared to Norway, and it will be interestingThe black girl with the bag and the men in uniforms to see the reactions when we perform acts like this atare participants in the theater workshop in ISFiT, and a bus there, says Eunhye.the scenario described really did happen, but onlyin form of a performance. Invisible theater, where Aviar is taking a major in sociology and he is thinkingrealistic situations are acted out in the public, and about using forum theatre as a research method inpeople are made an audience without knowing, his studies.aims to provoke and challenge people’s attitudes –It can be a nice way to learn more about people’sand prejudices. Evaluating the response afterwards, attitudes and opinions. ISFiT has been really inspiring,the participants were surprised that no one reacted and it has caused me to reflect on things I neverearlier. thought of before.– No one should be able to have that kind of totalpower, only by putting on a uniform, says one of theparticipants.Three of the groups did their acts on buses, dramatizingissues such as HIV, addiction and homosexuality. Thepassengers on the buses had no idea that they werewatching an act.- The situations we performed were at times reallyugly, and I’m surprised that people were so passiveand that no one dared to react. Most of them juststared out the window and pretended not to see whatwas going on, although they clearly did.One of the performances did provoke people to act.On a crowded bus, one of the participants enteredwith a bottle of alcohol, looking rather scruffyand coughing blood. When she fell over on a girlstanding beside her, the crowd turned into chaos,and people screamed for the driver to stop the busand call an ambulance. Workshop leader Sofia thenhad to intervene and inform the passengers that shehad the situation under control.Shaping the content of the workshop, the workshopleaders found their inspiration in the Braziliantheater director Augusto Boal and his ”Theatre of theOppressed”. Instead of the traditional ”monologue”performance you often experience at the theater, hisidea was to transform it into a ”dialogue” betweenthe audience and the stage with different forms of 7
  8. 8. WORKSHOP 3 EDUCATION As a way to develop the ideas born at ISFiT 2011, the participants at the Education Workshop created a virtual collaboration platform called “eSamfundet”. By Marit Finnland Trøite and project creation between the Education 37 participants in Workshop 3 were gathered in the Workshop’s members”. (Further information can be belief that education will be a key part in solving found at the global health crisis, both present and future. The workshop discussed education as a vital factor in International Cooperation bringing people out of poverty and improving their Lamija Landžo from Bosnia and Herzegovina is health. working on a project called “Human Library”. Her plan is to bring people from different minority groups, Raised Awareness and make an event where people can rent a “human Among the many inspirational speakers visiting the book” and ask any questions they might have. workshop, the most memorable was arguably Safia - Duško Kostic inspired me, and I hope to bring him Abdi Haase, a Somali nurse who works against to the event, she said. The follow-up projects touches Female Genital Mutilation. She stressed the fact upon many different aspects of education and health. that education and information is crucial to raise Nicholas Kang from Canada, is planning to bring awareness around such taboo subjects. fellow Education-participants as guest speakers at his -There are three solutions to this and the world’s university. health problems; education, education, education, Safia Abdi Haase said. A group of very different people came together, discussed, learned and produced extraordinary Inspiration, Passion and Enjoyment results. Emmanuel Paredes from Guatemala said: During the week, topics such as education as aid - I got to meet many wonderful people who are not and alternative learning were discussed. Some of the waiting for a better world, they are making it happen. participants got to test their abilities as educators in a I left Norway even more conscious of the work that role-play in the workshop. Engagement and passion needs to be done to improve ourselves and our were showed by the participants at all times, and as communities. the skills in the energizer “Hi-Ha-Ho” developed, the group continued to grow closer. The Laureate of the Student Peace Prize 2011, Duško Kostic, came to tell about his work for the Roma people. He attended the workshop both as a participant and a lecturer, and this sparked the participants’ motivation, as several of them have plans for creating similar projects in their own countries. eSamfundet As the festival was coming to an end, it became clear that ISFiT could not be the last arena where communication, discussion and sharing of ideas and enthusiasm among the participants could happen. From this decision, “eSamfundet” was born, defined by one of the participants as “a virtual collaboration platform to enhance the discussions, information exchange, 8
  9. 9. WORKSHOP 4WATERUsing each other’s experiences and learning from experts, the participantsof the Water Workshop got better insight on different perspectivesconcerning water during ISFiT.By Silje Helene Nilsen yourself and stay motivated. During ISFiT I have gottenWith participant from 24 different countries, the Water a global experience. I have been so concerned withWorkshop wanted not only to learn from experts, my own country’s problems that I did not see thatbut also from each other. Sharing experiences from there is a big world out there also struggling; now Itheir home countries, they worked with issues such as do. Listening to the other participants, real people onwaterborn diseases, industry emissions, human rights the ground, telling their story and their experiencesand water as a source of life and conflict. concerning water issues was really inspiring, he said and continued:Catastrophe Day -Now I am only thinking about how I can involveA tsunami strikes land. Eight families in an isolated myself and how to pass forward what I have learned.village manage to get to a safe zone at the top of a It is not always the financial part that is important. Ihill. The village is destroyed and everything around now have new knowledge and a huge network ofis flooded. To survive the families must go off the safe friends from countries all over the globe. The potentialzone between the strike of the waves, to get hold of of actually being able to do something great isrecourses like food, medicines and water. People are absolutely present.running around. Each family sticks together. This isabout life and death.This was the scenario when the Water Workshopand the Climate and Environment Workshopwere challenged at a catastrophe day, wherethe participants’ team building skills really werechallenged. Many of the participants found the gamevery useful and educational. For some it was the firsttime trying a team building activity, and they wereclear on one thing – this was something they wantedto develop further and use back home.Eager to Make a Difference–The western societies are so selfish, and do notappreciate water enough. They should learn moreabout the situation in other parts of the world, saysSasha Grant, one of the participants from Trinidad,who studies environmental management. The last dayof the festival the workshop spent a lot of time talkingabout how they could use the experiences from ISFiTin the future. The participants were eager to make adifference and continue the work. They focused onhow to use this international network they now area part of. Influencing the information spread andmaking people more aware of what is going on in thecountries they now have learned more about, werethe ambitions most of them had.Summing up the week, Tahsin Hayder from Bangladeshhad no doubt that ISFiT had changed him.– I have learned more about how to work as a unit,how to find solutions and new data, how to inspire 9
  10. 10. WORKSHOP 5 MENTAL HEALTH Workshop 5 wanted to raise awareness about how our mental health is affected by cultural context, lifestyle, mind-set, and experience. What is mental health and how can it be improved? Topics such as identity, happiness, death and suicide were discussed. By Eline Hansen Næset a global perspective, touching upon how depression is likely to be the most prevalent disease globally as The World Health Organization has defined health as measured in DALY’s (disability affected living years), the complete physical, mental and social well-being, and how mental illness impedes the achievement of not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Our other health and development targets, and contributes mental well-being is vital to determine our health. to poverty. Mental health is thus a matter of definition, leading to questions such as: Who is sicker; a person with a cold who considers him/herself sick or a cancer- patient who feels just fine? Stories and views shared by everyone made it clear that mental illness is perceived differently - We are not going to learn happiness by studying throughout the world. There was consensus among depression the participants that cultural stigmas related to mental Speaker Lisa Vivoll Straume talked about positive health must be tackled. Young people coming together psychology where they focus attention upon and sharing views at ISFiT might hopefully make a the sources of psychological health, rather than difference, however small. emphasizing disease and disorder. Many of the participants were inspired by this, among them Anna Coming Together – The First Step from Moldova. She wants to give lectures at her Through various methods, sharing personal stories university about positive psychology. and discussions they gathered knowledge about how As an attempt to explore the connection between mental health is perceived in different cultures. They physical and mental health the workshop moved found many challenges, varying between societies. outdoors to Estenstadmarka one of the days, and What they saw as common challenges were taboos the participants were introduced to the Norwegian and prejudices. People know too little about mental tradition of hiking. Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar had illness, and their perception is often mistaken. previously talked about how physical exercise has the Therefore it is important in all parts of the world to same therapeutic effect as psychotherapy for mildly to be more open around this subject and to educate moderately depressed individuals. people, so that the conditions for mental health can be improved. Global Challenges and Cultural Stigmas - It was in those moments I realized my heart is an Other speakers to visit the workshop were Gunnhild open target for both bad and good, and the world Corwin and Lars Lien. Corwin spoke about loss and will shoot and I will have to take the bullet! But the grief, sharing her personal story about losing her one thing I’ve learned is that it’s up to me to decide daughter to cancer. The participants discussed how whether I want to drop dead and lay low or become death, and coping with death, is regarded differently better and stronger, said Anna from Moldova. in different cultures. Lien addressed mental health in 10
  11. 11. WORKSHOP 6LITERATUREHow to approach global health through literature?The sixth workshop set out to answer and examinethis problem.By Åshild Klepsvik group had to dive into during the week. Energetic and Varied The energy within the group was incredible, making the group dynamic and vivid. It was never embarrassing to stand by your views or expressing your deepest emotions. From different energizers, writing, listening and discussing, the participants got to know and trust each other. This was the cause of the safe atmosphere that quickly developed in the workshop. The variety within the group ranged from a published poet, philosophy student, TV-anchor woman, to a master student in engineering and students studying Nordic languages. This diversity and the participants’ engagement really improved the quality of the discussions and the workshop as a total. At the end of the week, it was clear that ISFiT had been a changing once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is no doubt that the “hugging-barrier” decreased throughout the week, that group-contribution can serve you a second round of beer at Edgar and that friends have been made for life.Writing and reading texts on health related topicsmade the foundation for the literature workshop. Withparticipants eager to discuss, read and write, it soonbecame obvious that global health can be expressedin several different ways.Learning Through WritingThroughout the week they wrote a scientific article,wrote poems, experienced the therapeutic approachof expressive writing, read short stories, watched alecture concerning happiness and discussed a lot.A visit from a published author gave the groupan insight on how to express themselves throughliterature, and how to write about a serious illnessfrom a personal point of view. Writing poems broughtout the emotional side in some, while others listenedthoughtfully to the expressive texts, created in a shortamount of time. Some of the participants performedtheir poems at the Closing Ceremony.Through discussions and other group activities,different opinions were shared, giving the participantsa more nuanced view on the topic global health. Howthe topic loneliness is conceived in Guatemala versusFinland or Pakistan, what makes you happy, andhow to well formulate a scientific article concerninga health-related issue, were some of the questions the 11
  12. 12. WORKSHOP 7 CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT The participants of the Climate and Environment Workshop experienced each other so inspiring that ideas for a range of new projects were born already during ISFiT. By Silje Helene Nilsen assessments, which started up with something as -It gives me so much motivation and strength to see simple as a wish of wanting to make a difference for that there are many who care about the same as I, his community. One of the girls in the workshop really says Nahvin Jayaratnam from Malaysia. liked what she heard, and is planning on cooperating with Tony and his firm in her PhD. Catastrophe Day Together with the Water Workshop, the Climate Katrina and Marcos did a sharing session together and Environment Workshop were challenged at and told the rest of the group about their knowledge the catastrophe day where a flood scenario was on climate refugees’ challenges in the world today. simulated in a gymnastic hall. After the game they This led to questions and discussion, and the talked about the main problems and how to provide workshop talked about starting an international health care during natural catastrophes. Many of the project highlighting the economical side of climate participants had experienced a flood, a tsunami or refugees. an earthquake, and they shared their stories and tried to relate them to the game. The Kenyans in the Climate and Environment Workshop are going to take recycling home to Inspirational Speakers their own student campuses. The infrastructure for Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian environmentalist treating recycled waste is present in their community, activist and poet, and chair of Friends of the but recycling is not. This is something they want to Earth International, the world’s largest grassroots change. environmental network, spoke to the workshop. He -It is not always about competing. Working together was a great inspiration to all the participants, and we will achieve much more. I do not want to stop especially Usman from Nigeria. He had a long chat at my country, I want to make it global, and ISFiT with Bassey after his speech, they exchanged contact makes this possible. Building this huge network, we information and Usman is now starting up a local can continue the climate fight internationally, Nahvin group of Friends of the Earth in his city. Jayaratnam concluded. Projects After ISFiT Sonali from India told the rest of the workshop about an organization in her country that tries to cure cataract. The organization trains ordinary locals, also without prior medical training, in performing the necessary procedures and having the locals treat people in their own community. This has been a great success resulting in dramatic fall in cataract related health problems. Also here Usman from Nigeria was so inspired that he is now planning to start a local group like this in Nigeria, and Sonali will help him get the necessary contacts for information exchange between the countries. Tony in the workshop shared his experience starting a firm in Kenya with the rest of the group. His company focuses on doing surveys and environmental impact 12
  13. 13. WORKSHOP 8ECONOMYBy Tobias VikenEconomy touches upon every aspect of global health.A major challenge for Workshop 8 was thus to findwhich issues to focus on and how to concretize interms of finding solutions to problems in the globalhealth economy. The workshop’s participants allstudied something related to economy or were in otherways interested in topics directly related to economy.This lead to a tightly connected group whose strongbonds made communication and cooperation naturalfrom day one.-My ISFiT consists of three parts: one – importantacademic information, two – an amazing travellingexperience, and the last and most important third-- extracurricular classes of life values: support,friendship, love, fun, tolerance, happiness and feelingalive, said Natalia from UkrainaAs learning and sharing through fun was important tothe workshop, team-building games and energizersplayed a significant role in the work. However, itbecame clear that the group was really enthusiasticabout debating and discussing the topics at handwhile also being deeply devoted to problem solving.When the participants were in the intensive finish-upof the last workshop day, they even refused to join inon the energizers - time should not be wasted whensaving the world.- Now i am sure that i am not alone to change thisworld for the better, said Elias from Venezuela.During the introductory days the focus was oneconomic prioritization, economic systems, the Auction, where different groups were to bid forbusiness and law. A fruitful and fun method was health economic systems and together find the best one. Further on, the workshop worked in-depth on problems regarding the pharmaceutical industry, access to medicine, and economic distribution in developing countries. The benefits and drawbacks of market mechanisms were of concern. It was agreed upon that the pharmaceutical market should, in order for the world to reach a state of equity, be put under stricter regulations than other markets, as human life is no consumer good. The final work consisted of writing the Manifesto; a charter describing possible solutions to challenges in the global health economy. Besides invaluable festival experiences, these ideas are what the participants took with them home to spread to their local communities. The work of Workshop 8 was knowledge driven; the participants had a passion for solving difficult problems and finding ways to use economic tools to promote global health. The task was taken seriously, as this quote from a participant shows: -- A doctor can kill a person, but an economist can kill a whole society. 13
  14. 14. WORKSHOP 9 FOOD Food is our common ground, a universal experience, but even though there is more than enough food for everyone in the world, it is not distributed equally. Origins of Inspiration Gustafson was an origin of inspiration for the participants, and the group decided to join Gustafson’s 30 Project. The 30 Project will bring together key organizations and activists working around the world on addressing hunger, obesity, and agriculture issues to talk about their visions for the food system and the next 30-years. The participants are encouraged to raise their consciousness about for example ecologically grown food and local producers through this project. The idea is that the participants should share their experiences through text and pictures. By Marit Finnland Trøite Participant Guillermo Sedjo from Suriname is also Already the first day the participants showed a real working on a project that focuses on sustaining commitment for the topic of the workshop’s topic: the rainforest and promoting healthy food. His food. The result of the workshop leader’s introduction project is connected to the Millenium Development of the Norwegian brown-cheese was that all the Goals, namely MDG no.7: Ensuring environmental participants brought brown-cheese back to their sustainability and MDG no. 1 Eradicate extreme home countries after the festival. This first day was poverty and hunger. The intention is to collaborate with also devoted to an introduction to each other, as well some local organizations such the Junior Chamber as each other’s food-traditions. As the famous chef International, NGO’s and youth organizations. James Beard once said: Through this project young people in Suriname will - Food is our common ground, a universal experience. be trained in greenhouse cultivation methods, which could lead to less damage to the rain forest. A Global Challenge - ISFiT 2011 and the Food Workshop were to me a Food is one of the most essential topics related to global confirmation of my decision of choosing the course health; it is relevant to virtually all the topics discussed International Agribusiness and continue the work with during ISFiT 2011. Sustainable development, mental this project, he said. health, and obesity just to mention some of them. One third of the world’s population is either affected by obesity or hunger, and this fact confirm that it is a global challenge. -A hungry man is an angry man Anne Poulsen, from UN World Food Program, visited the workshop and the participants had an opportunity to ask critical questions to WFP’s program. An interactive session between Ellen Gustafson, co- founder of FEED and creator of The 30 Project, and the participants led to a great discussion about the hunger- and obesity problems in the world. Gustafson pointed out that the food problems are pretty much the same in both industrial and developing countries. Food security was one of the topics the participants in Workshop 9 had a special commitment to. Areas where people are hungry are also areas with security problems. Should therefore the security-problems in the world be reframed to a focus on food security? This was frequently discussed by for instance Nirmal Kumar Upreti from Nepal: - A hungry man is an angry man, if we give him food it will be peace. It is our basic need, he claims. 14
  15. 15. WORKSHOP 10SEX29 participants from 24 different countries made up workshop10 and gathered in Trondheim to work with topics related to sex,health and sexuality.The workshop got a visit from the inspiring Walter Renato from Brazil summed up what a lot of theHeidkampf, a man who have lived with HIV for 22 participants expressed:years. Several participants sincerely noted that he -What differentiates ISFiT from other such things is aresolved and dispelled a lot stigmas surrounding focus on fun, joy and enthusiasm; the will to make apeople living with HIV. Later the same day, Safia Abdi difference. I’m now able to conclude that everyone isHasse gave a lecture about female genital mutilation. an extension of myself, as an individual, regardlessBjørg Norli from Pro-senteret and Stine Svendsen from of differences of culture, personal beliefs, religions,LLH shared some of their knowledge about prostitution sexual preferences etc. Because we live in such aand LBGT rights, respectively, later the same week. fragmented society, in which we separate people by putting labels on them, it was a unique experience toIn the wake of ISFiT, a lot of the participants have be in contact with different point of views on relevantbeen inspired to continue working so as to make a topics, sharing our knowledge and hopes of a betterdifference: Gonzalo from Peru is holding a conference future. And I’m sure we can make a change now thatabout sex at his home university, and Esther from we are back home.Germany asked kindly if she could be invited asa guest speaker. Filip from Croatia is thinking oforganizing a seminar or workshop at his college.- Our perspective has changed, and we have learnedto love each other out of color, out of race, said Rhyanfrom the Philippines who will keep on working for anon-discrimination agenda at his university.Akshay from India has been planning a groupfor homosexual students, and got the necessaryinspiration to work on with the project. In addition heplans to hold a workshop about safe sex; one of thefrequently returning topics of the workshop. Alisa from Canada will keep on working with thedifficult topic of trafficking. The Brazilian trio José,Renato and Adams have also got big plans. José isproposing a workshop about sexuality at his homeuniversity while Renato and Adams will keep workingwith prejudices and rights related to homosexualityand bisexuality.- I feel really differently now, said Adams at the endof the festival I really feel like putting on an ISFiT shirtand go around handing out condoms, teaching aboutsafe sex. Together nearly all of the participants areworking with proposals on a collaboration projectand are planning to apply for funding to a post-ISFiTproject. 15
  16. 16. WORKSHOP 11 GLOBAL STREET ART The workshop Global Street Art visualized the concept of health through art. By Åshild Klepsvik from different countries in the world, we ate all Global Street Art aimed to be the most seen workshop very similar. All nice people open to meet other during the festival. They wanted to be present in the without prejudices, being kind and wanting to get townscape and to be noticed. What distinguishes to know each other better. I wish there were more this workshop from the rest is that Global Street Art people in my city with the same attitude. expressed views on global health though creative work, as individuals and as a group. Will Be Remembered One topic that was widely discussed and will be Inspired by the Other Workshops remembered among the participants was the Flash The workshop’s product from the festival was mainly Mob. The stunt was arranged by the Global Street three large boxes they decorated with stencil art Art Workshop together with the Marketing Group. and placed in the two main shopping streets in Most of the workshops met at the town square, and Trondheim. For inspiration the participants went to showed how ISFiT had occupied Trondheim. People different workshops and the boxes were painted to passing stopped to see what was going on, and what reflect the themes of the workshops they visited. Most they saw was a group of masked people with masks of the week they had Chris Stain, a renowned stencil saying: Google This: Health. artist from New York, to help them with the project. - It is not the products we are left with after the festival, He was a great inspiration and resource. but all the different faces on a globe that used to be full of black holes, now replaced by memories of The first project the participants worked on was an persons connecting these places, Åsmund Berstad, individual work of art of what they associated with one of the workshop leaders says. global health. The participants had started their train of thought before coming to Norway, as they had been asked to bring something representing their relations to health. It was a project where the participants bonded and opened up to one another, and started to share experiences. The results hung on the wall in the stairs up to Storsalen at the Closing Ceremony. Friendships Were Made Shared stories from their home countries, discussions on how to make the world a better place and long conversations in Edgar to long past midnight led to deprivation of sleep, which may have contributed to the internal humor that evolved in the group. The group grew more and more close through the week, and at the end close friends parted, each to his own country. The participants enjoyed their stay in Norway and the experiences they shared. Joris Wagemakers expressed this: -You know what was really great? Although we are all 16
  17. 17. WORKSHOP 12FUTUREIn workshop 12 the future was put in focus. 36 participants from countries spanning from LatinAmerica to Asia gathered to discuss the future challenges related to global health.By Daniel Stølsbotn At the end of the Leadership Day they created a-We have been working with a lot of different topics. contract defining how they wish to be as leadersAll of the participants at the workshop have talent of tomorrow. Once everybody agreed, they signedfor being leaders, so when we created the tasks and it with mutual obligations as future leaders. Eachissues we wanted to challenge them and focus on participant got their own original contract, signed byskills that are important when being a leader, says all the others, which will aid them in rememberingworkshop leader Rosilin. The participants were most what they agreed upon in the workshop. As someof the time divided into groups, to allow for as much put it,time as possible for each participant to share their -When it comes to the future, there are three kinds ofopinions. Through role playing games the participants people: Those who let it happen, those who makegot to feel for themselves how they would act when it happen, and those who wonder, what happened?facing difficult situations. Questions regarding There is no doubt in our mind that the participants ofeducation, globalization, diseases and economy and workshop 12 are of the kind that makes it happen.their tight connections to global health issues werealso discussed through different debate methods.A Lot of FunAn unforgettable moment occurred already on thesecond day in the workshop. Time and place wereforgotten as Akshara and Vandana, both from India,got the participants and workshop leaders engagedin Bollywood dancing. To make a good moment evenbetter, Charles from Uganda followed up by beingthe lead dancer in an improvised dance to Shakira’sWaka Waka song.-We are a very united group, and I think we all havebecome really close to each other, says Aina, one ofthe participants in the workshop.The Leaders of TomorrowAn important part of the workshop was the daydevoted to leadership. With the workshop’ssubheading being “Leaders of Tomorrow”, the daywas set up so the participants could learn about theirown leadership style, as well as practice both beinga leader and giving a speech. In the Conflict Gameall the participants got to try to resolve a conflictbetween two employees in a made up companycalled Trondheim Advertisement. Common for all thedifferent scenarios played out, were the end productwhich was a hand drawn advertisement on a pieceof paper.-I think a good leader needs integrity and has to bevisionary. You also need to be a good listener andbe passionate about the things you work for, saysworkshop participant Obert.Those Who Make it HappenDuring a rhetoric course at the Leadership Day, all theparticipants held a short speech they had prepared.Even with just a few minutes of preparation, theparticipants made excellent use of what they hadlearned at the course and gave moving speecheswhich gave everyone new insight. 17
  18. 18. WORKSHOP 13 GENES What does the future child look like? This question and many other were raised on one of the genes workshop’s ten days at ISFiT. By Bertine Tønseth In 2001 Magor from Nigeria was invited to join ISFiT , but he was not able to participate at the festival. Ten years later he could finally go to Norway to learn about genes, ethics and global health in Workshop 13. He learned about different topics along with his fellow students. The workshop dealt with issues like ethics, religion and politics, and gene modified organisms. Two medical days, as well a social day was arranged. Intense discussions was an important way of learning about genes and global health. But maybe more importantly many learned about how the students’ voices mean something. -We are all special -The most important lesson I have learned during the festival is to listen to people and their opinions, and to accept them. I have also learned how to act with people from other countries. We are all special, claims Alexandra from Russia. To enter the many discussions, different types of games and methods were used. One of the many games the participants played was the sinking boat role-play. Each person within a group of six was assigned a genetic disease and had to argue in favor of its life on a sinking boat. Participating in an ISFiT workshop is not only about hard work. During the social day the participants got to stay at a cabin where they tasted some Norwegian waffles, a birthday cake, as well as some international food. They also got to watch art and dancing shared by the other participants. When in Norway, why not enjoy the snow? Some people from the workshop went skiing, others tried the sled and others were brave and went snow bathing after visiting the sauna. Think Globally, Act Locally On the last day of the festival Workshop 13 talked about how they would bring what they had learned His message is to think globally, but act locally. and experienced during these days back home to Many participants from the genes workshop are their home communities. Like many others, Magor eager to promote ISFiT through different means, and wants to use ISFiT to send a message to other youths. many were surprised and encouraged by the great volunteering culture in Trondheim. Today the participants are braver and they are thinking about starting initiatives of their own to try to adopt this volunteering culture and the ISFiT mentality. Romeo from Uganda learned that students have got their own voice, and therefore he wants to start his own student festival in Africa. -ISFiT has been a great experience, and a good opportunity in life. 18
  19. 19. WORKSHOP 14WOMEN AND CHILDRENWomen and children are often the first victims in crises and poverty. Workshop 14 consisted ofpeople with a strong wish to improve their living conditions.By Eline Hansen Næset In addition they were privileged to have SirFrom the first day the workshop had a good Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Dr. Kyra Gaunt and twoatmosphere. Still, the real breakthrough came the Afghan midwives visiting the workshop.third day. A “cultural exchange” was arranged,and they had three wonderful hours of dancing, Inspiration for Future Projectssinging, sharing, playing and laughing. At the end Through what was done in the workshop participantsthey listened to music, and “Heal the World” by got ideas about what they could do when returning toMichael Jackson started playing. Suddenly the entire their home countries. Juliet from Kenya, for example,workshop stood closely with the arms around each wants to start an exchange program at her universityother, singing out loud. From that moment, they were in cooperation with other students, so that morea workshop family. people can get cultural input like she got during the festival. She also wants to apply for the ISFiT fund toMultiple Topics - Multiple Points of View help funding a children’s home. Maxwell from GhanaDuring the week the workshop discussed many will teach parents about child abuse, and also go toimportant issues, including violence against women, schools to raise awareness of theeducation, maternal health and gender equality. One topic.of the moments that maybe will be remembered best,is when they used the method “four corners”. Theyread a controversial statement, and the participantsthen placed themselves where they belonged on ascale from “fully agree” to “fully disagree”. Thetemperature rose with statements like “girls shouldplay with dolls, and boys should play with trucks”and “every life is valuable and should be protected,even if it is unborn”. This really showed how diversedifferent cultures are, and it showed how people canhave so many different opinions, and yet be so alike.Aid Game = Aid Reality?One of the highlights was the Aid Game. Theparticipants were divided into various imaginarycountries, and given different roles as old or young,female or male. The workshop leaders were goingto drop an egg from the level of two meters, andtheir task was to build something, using their givenresources, that would prevent the egg from breaking.The egg represented the country’s basic needs, suchas food, water, good health and education.The enthusiasm grew as they started building, andthe intensity was not reduced when one of thecountries suddenly was exposed to an earth quakewhich tore down everything they had made. Anothercountry was hit by a flood followed by waterbornediseases, and a third country suffered from an HIV/AIDS epidemic that killed the majority of mothers inthe country. It was an interesting way of experiencingthe injustice in the world related to poverty, lack ofresources and global health. 19
  20. 20. WORKSHOP 15 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Internet and mobile phones has during the last 20 years revolutionized how we communicate with each other. How is this affecting our health, and how can we use information technology in solving the health problems of the future? By Daniel Stølsbotn IT and Censorship Global health is not just about illness and diseases. The rise of social media and networks as Facebook, It covers a lot of different aspects concerning how Twitter and blogs has completely altered the dynamics we live our lives. Your country’s political system of how we consume news and interact with each other. concerns your health, as do your personal income Internet has made it much harder for governments to and access to health services. Information technology censor people’s opinions, and it makes room for new has become a big part of our everyday lives. This has channels for democratic participation. A result we opened new opportunities to how we can meet the can observe in the current uprisings in the Arabian future’s health related challenges. countries. eHealth Censorship was the topic of the last day at the IT Today we can spread information to a much greater workshop. Should the government decide what extent and much faster than we could just a couple of should to be censored? Was one of the questions that years ago. All over the world more and more people were raised. Discussions were intense and opinions get access to Internet and cell phones. This creates differed. Some meant that the government should opportunities that were non-existing just a few years have full control over what it wanted to censor, ago. while others meant the government should have no -I want to use IT to work with health. In my home control. The intensity that lasted through the debate country Indonesia, we do not have an ehealth system, showed what a great arena ISFiT is for people from so I have been thinking of maybe establishing one different cultures to meet and discuss. Though people by making a webpage, said workshop participant disagreed, it also created understanding for each Hafiz. He studies computer science and sees a lot of others point of view at the same time. opportunities by using IT. -An eHealth system is basically a health information site on the internet. Many diseases can be cured by simple means, but you need the right information. By establishing an eHealt system, people can get information on how to treat people that get sick. Making Hospitals More Efficient IT also creates opportunities to make hospitals more efficient and treatment better. The participants visited St. Olav’s hospital where they witnessed a live feed from an operation, demonstrating how IT can be used to improve operations. -We had a lot of very good lectures where we learned how we could mix technology and real life. Visiting the hospital was really inspiring. There is a really big difference between how they use IT at hospitals here in Norway compared to Colombia, where I come from. At the hospitals in Colombia we do a lot of paperwork instead of using computers. I want to work with IT and create more effective solutions, said Cesar, who also studies computer science. 20
  21. 21. WORKSHOP 16SPORTSWorkshop 16 was definitely the workshop with the most physical activity.By Katrine Hansen invited to practice Chi-Kung. In addition to this,With its 28 participants from 22 nationalities, and Kirsti Lund Vik, a PhD student in motion science, alsowith several medicine students in their midst, the introduced them to physical activities suitable forworkshop had a good starting point. Physical activity children, youth and others that do not have so muchwas a very important part of the workshop day. But experience with sports, in order to give them extrathey did not just play, they used the sports activities build and strengthen the group’s team spirit andcooperation. This resulted in a good atmosphere The workshop resulted in lots of fun, friendship, morewithin the group and great discussions, where the open minds, exchange of opinions, cultural exchangeparticipants felt secure and were not afraid to open and consciousness, and ideas and motivation forup and express their opinions. future projects. Many of the participants are going to use the things they learned during ISFiT when theyExperiencing Traditions return home, among others to affirm a cricket club inAfter a demanding ski day, the workshop spent Indonesia and a horse riding school in India.the night at the Student Cabin owned by NTNUI,where the participants got the opportunity to feel theNorwegian custom of outdoor life and got to knoweach other in a different atmosphere. The snow bathafter the sauna was cited by many as one of thecraziest experiences they have ever had.The writer Susan Abulhawa visited the workshop andtalked about her project ”Playgrounds for Palestine”,and how important the playgrounds and physicalactivity actually are for children to develop and growup in a normal manner. In addition, Dr. LakshmiVijayakumar, a specialist on suicides, emphasizedthe connection between the mental and physicalhealth, and how physical activity can be used inrehabilitation of mental illnesses.Sports to the PeopleActivation of people was the most covered themeof the workshop. Gerardus Ettema, professor inmotion science, introduced a discussion aboutwhether people need to exercise at all. The workshopparticipants were taught the old Chinese technique,Tai Chi, both in theory and practice by two instructorsfrom the Norwegian Taiji Centre. In the middle ofthe ISFiT week the instructors led a very successfulmorning event at the Trondheim city square, whereseveral ISFiT participants, functionaries, and peoplepassing by were 21
  22. 22. WORKSHOP 17 DEVELOPMENT AND AID There are many perceptions of the issues related to the term “development and aid”. Some are good and some not so great. Workshop 17 learned about both. By Bertine Tønseth Up to a Good Start The first days of the workshop it seemed obvious At the workshop’s last day the ISFiT Assembly of to the participants what issues they were going to Development & Aid was arranged. Inspired by a UN discuss. It was easy for all to agree on many flaws model a chair, secretaries, speakers list and other of today’s development and aid: the superficiality, formalities was set up. The result of the assembly ineffectiveness, imperialistic tendencies, double moral was a draft resolution, which mainly mentioned the and contradictions. But what did the participants recommendations action that the various countries really learn from this? should commit. The name ISADA, which stand for International Ambassadors of Development and Some would say that the point where the participants Aid, was also created. In these days, the members really started to realize something and achieve of Workshop 17 are organizing a group of social development as a group was at the third day of the networks were they can share information, to each workshop. This decisive moment was the aid- and other and to others. development game. Two teams, with their own land, had different resources, but with the same goal: to One of the first little actions of ISADA, is making a build a hospital. The inequality between the two video with film clips from all of the groups in their teams in terms of materials, structural matters and different countries, having a day were they live on consequently accomplishments soon became clear. one dollar. How does this affect people’s daily life? But wasn’t this like the reality? Is it not like this the The hopefully long lasting cooperation between 28 world functions today? Many had gained some sort students around the world with an honest interest in of understanding of why the developing of today goes development and aid is up to a good start. on the way it does, and why it is difficult to change. The Real World But, as one person pointed out, if we keep playing this game according to what is expected from it, of what is considered close to reality, what is then the possibility of change? If some of us in years from now, are in powerful positions, and keep thinking with this same logic, will anything be different? People suddenly realized that they had been discussing weaknesses the whole week: superficiality, contradictions, ineffectiveness, about development and aid. But this was first meaningful if they could relate them to them selves, and feel the challenge on their own body. -This is the real world, said Choolwe from Zambia. This game taught him how the world really works and he would love to see a change in people’s attitudes. The aid game brought a sharing of reflection of the world today, but also of emotions. They realized it was personal. The 28 faces from 22 different nationalities were the witnesses of that. 22
  23. 23. THE STUDENT PEACE PRIZEA CONTRIBUTION TO PEACEFor more than a decade the Student Peace Prize has been a way to support students all overthe world who are doing important work to promote peace and human rights. The Croatianstudent Duško Kostic as the first European Laureate, was awarded the prize for his work forthe Roma people’s rights.By Marit Finnland Trøite for children and youth. He has been characterized by The Student Peace Prize committee as “an everydayMany prominent people have recognized the prize, hero that motivates others through emphasizinglike Eva Joly who sent congratulations to Kostic education and peace building”.himself:- In a time when incomprehension between people is The stigmatization against the Roma people is also aa real danger, and when social exclusion is a terrible challenge on an international level:and a far too widespread reality, there is maybe - Suppression against minorities is one of Europe’snothing as important as the struggle for a better biggest challenges. Since the Roma are the biggesteducation for everyone. In particular for those who minority it is very important to discuss their situation,are too often discriminated. Jahn Otto Johansen said. He has had a commitment for the Roma for many years and has written severalSpotlight on Young Laureates books about the theme. He has also worked as aThe first Student Peace Prize was awarded in 1999. foreign correspondent and chief editor for one ofTo this day, seven students and student organizations Norway’s largest newspapers, Dagbladet.from Burma, East Timor, Zimbabwe, Colombia,Western Sahara and Croatia have received the prize. Perspectives Beyond the Present- Where other peace prizes go to established Duško Kostic was given the opportunity to tell his storypersonalities, the Student Peace Prize puts a spotlight to people and organizations that can contribute to hison young persons that still work in the dark, Eirik Vikum work through the Student Peace Prize Tour. The tourHead of the Secretariat of the Student Peace Prize, visited six Norwegian cities, including Trondheim andpointed out. The Student Peace Prize is awarded on ISFiT 2011. The laureate visited different workshopsbehalf of all students in Norway, while the selection in addition to a plenary session at Dragvoll campus,itself is made by an independent Student Peace Prize NTNU. The journalist and writer Tore-Jarl Bielenbergcommittee which in 2011 included four experts; Gro brought the audience in the auditorium on a journeyHolm, Børge Brende, Vigdis Lian and Ole Danbolt of the Roma people’s history before the laureate ofMjøs, the former chairman of the Norwegian Nobel the Student Peace Prize 2011 talked to the audienceCommittee. about his work for the Roma people in Croatia.Promotes Education The participants of ISFiT 2011 was enthusiastic aboutAs founder and president of the organization both the laureate and the Student Peace Prize in“Association of Roma Friendship”, LUNA, Duško general, just like Jahn Otto Johansen:Kostic plays a lead role in spreading knowledge and - This year’s laureate shows that the Student Peacelearning about the Roma. Since 2005 Kostic has Prize is relevant today, but manages at the same timebeen visiting Roma families in Croatia to promote to maintain a perspective beyond the present, heeducation said. 23
  24. 24. WALK OF PEACE TRONDHEIM’S NEW ATTRACTION Since 1999, the Student Peace Prize has been awarded to students or student organizations that has distinguished itself in peace and human rights work. To honor the laureates of this prize, Trondheim now has its own version of Hollywood Walk of Fame. By Marit Finnland Trøite These are the previous Student Peace Prize Laureates: - This is the world’s only peace prize for students, from students. By this landmark we want to honor the 1999: past and future laureates of the Student Peace Prize, Antero Benedito da Silva and the student organization President of ISFiT Jørgen Westrum Thorsen said at the the East Timor Student Solidarity Council for their opening in Jomfrugata Thursday 17th of February non-violent fight for independence from Indonesian 2011. occupation. 2001: Reflects Peacefulness Min Ko Naing and the student organization All One memorial plate for each of the Student Peace Burma Federation of Student Unions for their non- Prize laureates has been laid down in Jomfrugata, violent contribution to peace in Burma. and new plates will be laid down for future laureates. 2003: The memorial plates are made of bronze laid in a The student organization Zimbabwe National stone of granite, and are designed by NTNU student Student Union for their battle for student rights and Åshild Herdlevær. democracy in Robert Mugabe’s oppressing regime. – The idea is that the colors and shape of a leaf will 2005: bring the stressful city back to the nature, and also it The student organization Association for Colombian kind of reflects peacefulness, like the Student Peace University Students for their effort to maintain a Prize, she said. public university, and their non-violent involvement in the ongoing conflict in Colombia. A Lasting Value 2007: ISFiT and the Student Peace Prize want to give Charm Tong for her effort as an activist in the something back to Trondheim. Head of Tourism in Burmese opposition. Trondheim, Line-Vikrem Rosmæl, boasted Walk of 2009: Peace as a tourist attraction in the city: Elkouria “Rabab” Amidane for her work towards - Walk of Peace will be a tourist attraction in the emancipation of the Sahrawi people in Western Trondheim on the same level as the Old Town Bridge Sahara. and Bakklandet, and with time it will perhaps be as 2011: large as the Nidaros Cathedral. Duško Kostić for his contribution to the Roma rights in Croatia. Eirk Vikum, Head of the Secretariat of the Student Peace Prize, emphasizes the value of the new For further information about this year’s and previous attraction. winners visit - With the Walk of Peace the laureates of the Student Peace Prize, and their work will be seen. ISFiT and the Student Peace Prize put their mark on the city with the Walk of Peace, raising the bar even higher for future festivals. The students of Trondheim will take this challenge, he said. 24
  25. 25. THE STUDENT PEACE CONFERENCE 2011 This year, big ambitions were made when the third Student Peace Conference gathered all the laureates of The Student Peace Prize. The heart of Europe was ready to be explored. By Lene Oppheim Christensen and Guro Grytli Seim The first stop on the ten day long journey was Paris and Sciences Po, one of the most important universities of Political Sciences in Europe. Both external speakers and professors at the university were attending the plenary session where every laureate told his or her unique story. The laureates urged the audience to help them in their struggle for peace, democracy and human rights through lobbying, demonstrations and raising awareness. The laureates saw this event as a great opportunity to address their issues to the European leaders of tomorrow. Addressing Human Rights in Brussels Human rights violations were one of the major subjects at Sciences Po. This is a great challenge to all the laureates in their homecountries. They all have a need to address the violations and to be heard by the world. For this reason, a visit to Amnesty International was one of the highlights of the next stop; Brussels. The dictatorship in Zimbabwe, the illiteracy of the Roma people and the violations against students in Colombia were discussed. The Amnesty staff actually declared that they wanted to increase their work on the conflict areas of the laureates. As a consequence, ZINASU now hopefully will start cooperation with Amnesty International in Harare. Networking The focus of the conference was not only to build connections with external actors, but also to build connections within the group and in this way make a strong foundation for the Laureate Network. - I’m really happy that we could agree on a political platform and a work program. That works as a guarantee for future work of the network, said Carlos Mario Restrepo, President of ACEU (Association for Colombian University Students). One very important factor in the outcome of this work was the social relations between the participants. Common experiences as going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, going sightseeing and dancing in Brussels, and ice skating in Oslo were important factors to create a great conference and contribute to further cooperation. 26
  26. 26. THE STUDENT PEACE PRIZE CEREMONYA WONDERFUL RECOGNITIONTrondheim Symphony Orchestra opened the Student Peace Prize Ceremony 2011 in honor ofDuško Koštic Friday 18th of February. He received his prize to standing ovations.By Marit Finnland Trøite to Koštic by emphasizing the importance of education.About 600 participants and volunteers of ISFiT joined - The key to fight injustice is education, and wethe torchlight procession from Samfundet, passing have to take it seriously like Duško has done, sheby the “Walk of Peace” in Jomfrugata, ending at said.Olavshallen. The torches lit up people’s smiling faces,while the church bells from Nidarosdomen created a Dedicated the Prize to His Parentspeaceful atmosphere. The Celtic Inspiration Dance Company performed a lovely dance before the leader of the StudentCrystal Clear Winter Night Peace Prize Committee, Runar Myrnes Balto,The mood was immediately set when Trondheim presented the Committee’s justification forSymphony Orchestra opened the Student Peace awarding Duško Koštic the Student Peace PrizePrize Ceremony 2011 with Verdi’s ”La Forza del of 2011.Destino, Overture”. Immense music filled the hallafter ISFiT-participants, functionaries and prominent - Duško Koštic uses education to build bridgesguests had found their seats in Olavshallen. The stage and to break down stereotypes against thewas decorated as a cold, crystal clear winter night. Roma people, Balto said. Koštic received greatBeautiful decorations made of paper plates could applause and respect from the audience whenmake one get lost in a dream. In this imaginary winter he entered the stage. Balto congratulated Košticnight, real stars were sitting among the audience: all with the prize and the audience kept applaudingthe previous laureates of the Student Peace Prize, as while he received the Student Peace Prizewell as the night’s main person, Duško Koštic. Statuette, which has the same design as the memorial plates in Jomfrugata.Head of the Secretariat of the Student Peace Prize, - I want to dedicate this award to my parents whoEirik Vikum, encouraged the audience to tell everyone always told me to help and build bridges withto bring Duško’s story with them. people rather than get in to conflicts, Koštic said- I want you to pack him in your suitcase, take him to in his personal speech of thanks. He also talkedthe breakfast table with your parents and bring him about future challenges for the Roma people. Theyto lunch with your friends so everybody can get to feel as second-range citizens in most countries,know him and his work for the Roma people’s rights, which make the integration with the rest of thehe said. society more difficult. Koštic ended his speech by thanking for the wonderful recognition he and hisThe host of the ceremony, Francois El-Safadi committed fellow colleagues in Eastern Croatia got. Theresehimself to Duško Koštic’s main issue by teaching the Aune’s lovely song and the falling snow on theaudience how to pronounce the laureate’s name. stage ended the Student Peace Prize CeremonyAfghan Dr. Sima Samar also showed her support in honor of Duško Koštic perfectly. 27