Samar Zughool


I employ experiential learning & the pedagogy of the oppressed through performing arts to stimulate intercultural & gender sensitivity learning for empowered societies free of gender & ethnic based-discrimination. I work on emotional intelligence & critical thinking from a non-anthropocentric approach & based on heart-based communication.

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  • Seg Kirakossian
    Seg Kirakossian

Current occupation

Experiential Trainer and Community Art director

Work experience

1. Med dialogue for Rights and Equality 2022

As an experiential trainer and a Med dialogue leader, I developed and delivered training courses on the pedagogy of the oppressed using arts and its based techniques to stimulate critical thinking and emotional intelligence for gender and intercultural sensitivity learning, which resulted in the online campaign #RiseForGenderEquality and the Mediterranean declaration for gender equality that combines audio-visual materials and statements produced by the participants who took part in my training. The declaration advocates for gender equality in the Mediterranean region beyond borders and free of gender and ethnic profiling.

2. Anna Lindh Foundation Network for Euro-Med dialogue in Slovenia 2021 - 2022
From March to May 2022: I developed and implemented learning activities with an intercultural group of participants who come from different ethnic backgrounds and live in Slovenia; this was in the seminar and workshop “How intercultural learning may contribute to sustainable living?” which resulted in a published case study that documents the produced examples by the participants that use intercultural learning for sustainable living. At the end of the implementation, I developed and published the intercultural learning toolkit “intercultural learning for sustainable living” and the case study “How Intercultural learning contributes to sustainable living.”
From October to November 2021, I designed and implemented a training course using arts and its techniques to stimulate intercultural and gender sensitivity learning for identities beyond labels and free of anthropocentrism and gender and ethnic profiling. The training course resulted in the production of the “Reclaiming Our Mediterranean Identit(ies) community performance co-created and performed by the participants who identify as migrants and women living in Slovenia.

3. The Festival of Mediterranean Citizens 2022
In the first round of the Festival of the Mediterranean Festival in Catania in June 2022, I founded and implemented the SAMA community arts, a performative journey using performing arts and its based techniques for intercultural citizenship education through emotional intelligence and heart-based consciences free of gender and ethnic profiling.
Faces of Migration DEAR program 2019 to June 2022
I managed and implemented the training programs for capacity buildings in intercultural communication and dialogue. I wrote and published six research papers, four on social and labor integrations between communities. I delivered training courses on intercultural dialogue to combat hate speech, resulting in the production of two films made by the participants.

4. Be My Voice Euro-Med initiative for freedom of expression February to October 2021
I designed and delivered the “Be My Voice” training course in Slovenia, which resulted in a series of stories produced by the participants in forms of creative texts and performing arts as part of the Euro-Med platform for freedom of expression “Be My Voice” by Anna Lindh Foundation for Euro-Med dialogue.

5. “StorySilience” story-making and telling for resilient societies from 2020 to present
StorySilience is an Erasmus plus key Action Two, a strategic partnership-building program. As a leading trainer of Intellectual Output, two “Learning toolkit for story making and telling toward resilient societies,” I designed and delivered international training for CSOs staff who works with minorities in their countries. The training course combined decoding from the pedagogy of the oppressed as a generator of story-making with heart-based communication and the golden circle techniques for story-telling and vulnerability management for resilience and social change. Currently, I am coordinating and managing the cooperation between trainers from partner countries to produce the toolkit resilience through story-making and storytelling.

6. Founder of SIDE, Solidarity In Daily Efforts initiative of migrant women in Slovenia from 2021 to the present.
The SIDE collective, cooking and cleaning politics, cultures, religions, and arts, is a collective that hacks, hijacks, and re-creates cultural, artistic, religious, and political scenes from an intersectional feminist lens.
The SIDE collective is created and led by people who identify as migrant women in Slovenia, producing cultural, artistic, and creative events for resilient, inclusive communities.

Educational pathway

My formal educational background is inspired and interconnected with my work and non-formal educational backgrounds. I conducted my Master’s degree in public policy analysis, where I chose to study and investigate how social movements develop and their impact on the making of public policies in 2017. My master’s thesis, “The Role of Women’s Rights Movements in reforming public policies after the Arab Spring in Jordan and Tunisia,” was awarded the National prestigious “Prešeren award for students'' from the faculty of social sciences at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2019.
I took my first official training as a trainer on the pedagogy of the oppressed in Jordan as a youth worker in the Y-Peer Network in 2010 and later on with the same network in Lebanon in 2011. Soon after, I undertook various international and national pieces of training on non-formal education, interactive theater, and forum theater from accredited centers like the National Centre for Culture and Performing Arts in Jordan, where I worked as a trainer and interactive theater actress in 2011. Later on, I became an intern in the DAWRAk Program by the Anna Lindh Foundation for Euro-Med dialogue; I undertook international training courses on intercultural learning, gender sensitivity learning, and experiential learning pedagogy. In 2016, I took a training course on cultural mediation provided by the International Organization for Migration IOM, where I am registered as a Cultural Mediator in their pool of cultural mediators.
My lifelong learning journey is an ongoing process; the most remarkable recent ones are as follows:
In 2019, I had a tremendously rich experience where I was invited to participate and contribute to the social innovation lab for Agenda 2030. The UNLEASH social innovation lab in Shenzhen-China by the United Nations, where I used educational liberative methods in an intercultural team for ten days to find solutions for global issues that hinder sustainable development.
In 2021, I undertook a training course on Gender Mainstreaming provided by the European Network of Political Foundation ENoP.
In 2022, I had a rich learning experience on critical thinking tools in a Bootcamp provided by the Med dialogue for Rights and Equality, who invited me later as a Med dialogue leader and experiential trainer and accepted my proposal to develop and implement non-formal educational tools using the pedagogy of the oppressed through arts and its based techniques to stimulate emotional intelligence and critical thinking toward gender and intercultural sensitivity learning free of gender and ethnic profiling and beyond borders in the Mediterranean region. I designed and implemented the training course in Slovenia with participants who identify as women and are Slovene or Migrants living in Slovenia; The participants who took part in my training produced the online campaign #RiseForGenderEquality and the declaration Mediterranean rise for Gender Equality, which combines statements with audiovisual materials made by the participants.

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (advanced) Education through Sports
  • (expert) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (expert) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Training of Trainers

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (expert) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Arabic
  • (fluent) English
  • (good) French
  • (good) German
  • (good) Slovene

Trainer references

  • Sustainable Development Through Sports

    Validated (2022-07-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Maribor, Slovenia
    organised by IKOS; Istanbul Culture and Sport Center
    21.10.2021 to 25.10.2021
    Reference person

    Mehmet Volkan

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  • WomIn Creative Power

    Validated (2022-10-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Ljubljana / Slovenia: First stage: online second stage: in-person in Ljubljana Slovenia
    organised by The Formation et Sensibilization de Luxembourg.
    First stage Online: 7, 8, and 9 of July 2021. The second stage in-person in Ljubljana /Slovenia: 29.10.2021 to 2.11.2021
    Reference person

    Seg Kirakossian

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  • Leader Of the Future

    Validated (2022-07-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Ljubljana, Slovenia
    organised by Povod institute for culture and development of international relations in culture
    25.6.2021 to 2.07.2021
    Reference person

    Damir Žirak

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This profile was last modified on 2023-08-31

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