Sjur Cappelen Papazian
Sjur Cappelen Papazian is born in Oslo, Norway, but now living in Yerevan, Armenia. By profession he is a teacher. In addition to teacher training college and a Master in Education he has studied social anthropology, development theory and history. Beside travelling extensively around the world he has worked at various schools, including at a school for teacher students in Mozambique.
A writer and journalist, Sjur has worked at a number of media organizations including with the Norwegian magazine Ny Tid and provided articles on current events across the globe, such as politics, environmental issues, and international affairs.. He created the Norwegian part of Independent Media Center (also known as Indymedia or IMC), a global open publishing network of journalists closely associated with the global justice movement that reported on political and social issues.
A teacher by profession he has been involved in the field of international solidarity, cooperation and development with experiences from development projects in places such as Namibia and Mozambique. While being a board member of various organizations he has written about relevant issues in various newspapers and magazines, organized various events and lectures, and coordinated campaigns.
He has also been a cultural worker and been running a cultural center with hundreds of artists of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds with the aim of fostering a sense of cultural identity and educate people in the larger community. The center supported an inclusive and diverse environment that engaged in community dialogue, promoted cultural awareness, respect and appreciation, and challenged bias on the basis of race, ethnicity, social class, gender and religion.
He is a supremely motivated individual with a strong vision, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst to achieve a successful outcome. “In the understanding of John Lennon in Imagine I am a dreamer. I believe in working for truth, justice, peace and for the environment.”