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Station: Côte d'Ivoire, March 2008

Will the local partners of Peace Counts on Tour be able to draw attention to the tour and spark interest in the exhibition (in advance)? Will it be possible to target the desired groups?

The prior experiences teach us that the opening ceremony is an important indicator that can answer some of those questions and gives an idea how the project will proceed. The opening ceremony at the Goethe-Institute in Abidjan turned out to be a big success.

Around one hundred people attended the ceremony, among them four ambassadors, the minister for tourism, and many journalists as well as staff members of NGOs and members of the UN peace keeping mission who are deployed in Côte d’Ivoire.

Contrary to other stations of Peace Counts on Tour there was no report about a peace project in Côte d’Ivoire yet. Therefore the tour did not have the character of a “Peace Counts forum”.  The local partner took care of the planning and arrangement in Abidjan.

During the exhibition many workshops were concluded, each of them targeting a different group: I.e. teachers, students, soldiers, and policemen. In sum more than 200 persons attended the one day workshops, which were lead by Elke Begander, an experienced staff member of the Institute for Peace Education. 

About 30 reporters participated in special wokshops for journalists. These workshops were facilitated by Tilman Wörtz (journalist) and Lukas Coch (photographer). Both of them work for the Agency Zeitenspiegel in Germany and are part of the Peace Counts network.

The Peace Counts Tour in Côte d’Ivoire was a great success. The feedback and comments in the local media were enthusiastic and very positive.

The following aspects might have contributed to that:

1. There is a big public interest in the subject “peace”. The elections were impending and the population is longing for peace and normality.

2. The local Goethe Institute had established close contacts with the local media and press and was able to provide good interview opportunities. The “Centre Culturel Allemand” (as the Goethe Institute is called in Côte d’Ivoire) is also an Institution, with an excellent reputation in public.


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