Prigorodny schools project - Nalchik, Kabardino Balkaria - August-Nov 2005
Initially this project spent time with the cpcd (Centre for Peacebuilding and Community Development) counsellors who were delivering psycho social programmes for young people in 3 schools in north ossetia. The region has seen tensions for a long while, many predating the ingush ossetian conflicts of the early 90s, but especially so in the post beslan context. Following on from training events for staff, workshops were held in each of the schools (one exclusively Ossetian, the other exclusively Ingush and another mixed) twice a week for 3 months. The regular delivery of sessions was frustrated by resistant authorities, a general apathy amongst staff, and a number of terror scares in ossetia and attacks in neighbouring
republics. However the project culminated in presentations by the groups which were seen by pupils from all the schools. Despite predictions to the contrary, the students were able to travel to the mixed school where they enjoyed sharing and comparing work. It was the first time such a happening had occurred. The event was featured on local television and received in equal measure praise and criticism.