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The National Symposium on Memory and Remembrance, 2013:
Marking the Eleventh Anniversary of the End of the Sierra Leonean Civil War
What is the Sierra Leone Memory Project?
The Sierra Leone Memory Project provides an avenue for historical dialogue and narrative around the violent civil war that occurred in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002. This is an oral history project dedicated to recording testimonies from former child soldiers, amputees, rape victims, and all those who lived through the war, to ensure that the history of the civil war is preserved in order to confront the horrors of our past and to help prevent a repetition of similar atrocities.
The project intends to serve as a platform for justice, granting an avenue to the voices and experiences of children and youths who were most affected by the war and continue to be most vulnerable in society. Moreover, it will provide survivors with room for individual healing through reflection and help build a collective narrative.
The testimonies will provide a meaningful framework to publicly explore the traumatic memories of political violence; debate difficult questions about human behavior and choices in difficult circumstances; highlight the problematic nature of rigid ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’ labels; and ultimately provide future generations and leaders with powerful lessons about the importance of human rights and democratic values in preventing intolerance and violent expressions. During the decade-long brutal civil war, children for instance, were both primary victims of atrocities and principal perpetrators of violence as child soldiers.
The goal is to create an avenue for collective narrative and dialogue led by those who were affected by the conflict without any inhibitions or power structures that may influence honest dialogue and narrative.
National Symposium on Memory and Remembrance
The Symposium will bring together students across secondary schools in Sierra Leone to learn about the civil war, understand the parameters of Memory and Remembrance in post-conflict settings, share experiences and discuss ways of confronting the challenges presented by the post-conflict situation in Sierra Leone. The aim is to present the future generation with the opportunity of understanding the civil war in order to prevent some of the failures that culminated into a decade of violent expressions in our country.
Who May Participate?
· Current Senior Secondary School Students
· Students from both boys and girls schools
· Student may be from any stream of study
· No grades are required to participate but we may require student ID
· Recent Secondary School leavers may apply
· To obtain knowledge and understanding of the civil war
· To understand the role of Memory and Remembrance in post-conflict development
·To share your own experiences with the civil war
·To understand the effects of the civil war on post-conflict Sierra Leone
·To discuss ways you can be an agent of change in your community
How To Apply?
Biographic Data: All applicants must download and fill the application form below.
Essay One: Applicants must write a 5oo word typed essay (no more than two handwritten pages) telling us what they know about the Sierra Leonean civil war between 1991-2002. How did the civil war affect you or a close family member? Applicants may discuss causes of the war and ideas of preventing future wars in Sierra Leone.
Essay Two: Applicants must write a personal essay telling us about themselves. You may tell us about your childhood, your stream of study, your community, what you intend to study at tertiary level, and your dream profession.
Email your application materials in ONE FILE to firstname.lastname@example.org or present your application in a sealed envelop at 10B Johnson Street, Aberdeen, Freetown. Envelop must be labeled: Attn: National Symposium on Memory and Remembrance.
More Information: Please email all questions pertaining to this symposium to email@example.com with the word QUESTION in the subject.
Download Application Here
If you are filling this application by hand, it is probably better to download the pdf. Version. Those filling it on a computer should definitely use the word version.
Volunteers Needed for the Symposium
· Those who want to volunteer for this Symposium should send their resume/CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Resume/CV should not be more than a page
· Volunteers will be given reasonable stipends
·Resume/CV must include address, email, and phone number
January 7, 2013 at 5pm
January 18, 2013
St. Joseph's Sec. School, Lungi
· The Jeneba Project will refund or offer transportation cost of up Le 30.000.00. Receipt must be provided for all transportation outside Freetown.
· Refreshment will be provided during the symposium for all selected participants.
· All applicants should know that we Do Not provide housing and participants must make their own housing arrangements.
Participants must attend in their school day uniform. Groups of students coming from the same school may wear their ceremonial uniform. All accepted participants will be considered representatives of their schools and must exercise expected discipline. Recent school leavers may wear any formal attire.