Capacity building training for youth on peacebuilding and violence preventionTraining aims :

This training is organized with the aim of strengthening the capacity of young leaders in Africa to contribute to the construction of peace; to empower young people for the prevention of violence; and promote a culture of peace, mutual understanding and respect among peoples.

Its specific objectives are as follows:

  1. Strengthen critical reflection on the role of young people in building peace and preventing violence through education;
  2. Introduce transformative pedagogy to strengthen understanding and critical skills, as well as collaborative actions among young people to promote peace building;
  3. Strengthen the capacities of young people to develop educational programs to promote dialogue, understanding and mutual respect in their communities; and
  4. Provide examples of youth-led experiences and actions, as well as good practices in youth empowerment and mobilization.
  5. Plan at the national level the mobilization of young people and the dissemination of cascading training.

Training is planned October 4 to 7, 2021, 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. (Paris time / Central African time), for Arabic and French speaking participants.

Each session will last three hours, allowing exploration of a specific topic of the course and virtual engagement in interactive activities and dialogue sessions.

Target countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mali, Niger, Tunisia and Senegal.

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The context 

The conflicts and emergencies that persist in Africa have hampered regional and global efforts to provide quality education. In addition, conflicts in these countries have resulted in a massive influx of refugees into neighboring countries. However, internal displacement is also radically modifying the demographic dynamics of the region. This situation has lasting negative repercussions on global and regional progress in improving the quality of education in Africa.

The unexpected COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented global health crisis, with negative repercussions on social, political and economic relations around the world. In addition to taking the world completely by surprise, the onset and spread of the pandemic has had a negative impact on Africa's social and economic development and is exacerbating intolerance and feelings of social apprehension.

African countries, which suffer from public health problems and economic and social instability, constitute a breeding ground for violence. In addition, young people are often at the forefront of these violent activities. There is an urgent need for efforts to remedy the above-mentioned problems in the current situation and to promote just and peaceful societies.

UNESCO's efforts

UNESCO's work in peacebuilding, resilience and the prevention of violent extremism, through the field of education in Africa, is guided by Agenda 2063 and CESA 2016 to 2025. It is also guided by the 2030 Agenda and the Education Framework for Action, including target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 on education), which calls on countries to “ ensure that by 2030 all learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development, including, inter alia, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation for cultural diversity and the contribution of culture to sustainable development" page (in French).

It is with this concern that the Government of Japan has been supporting the UNESCO IICBA on Peace Education since 2017. The main objective of the project is to instill peace, global citizenship, resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E) in young people with a focus on the development of teachings, in order to create an opportunity for young people to adopt the values ​​of peace.

The Japanese government grant is awarded within the framework of the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD). TICAD was first held in Africa during its XNUMXth session in Kenya, reaffirming its commitment to promote strong and sustainable economies, inclusive and resilient societies, as well as peace and stability in Africa.

This project aims to build the capacity of African member states to use education to prevent violent extremism and its resurgence in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the spirit of TICAD 7 and NAPSA. One of the objectives of the project is to strengthen the capacity of young people in higher education, in youth networks and in non-formal settings, in order to work for peace and make their voices heard.

Young people are important and critical actors in peacebuilding efforts. Young people have played an important role in the search for peace and security in Africa. They have demonstrated their optimism and motivation to lead positive changes in their societies through alternative spaces. Youth-led and youth-oriented organizations have contributed significantly to activities and movements that promote dialogue and reconciliation, advocating for peacebuilding at local, national and sub-regional levels. It is imperative to encourage young people to engage in problem solving in their communities and to equip them with the skills to become agents of peace and work to challenge and end violence. in their communities. This is all the more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated injustices and inequalities in societies, which has had adverse effects on the lives of people, especially young people, who make up the bulk. Population. Consequently, it is all the more urgent to invest in education for the consolidation of peace in order to inculcate in young people ethical values ​​conducive to learning to live together in their communities, to give them the means to participate meaningfully, to engage in responding to the questions and challenges they face and in the transformation of their societies.

The African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, in particular the flagship program “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020”, highlights the importance of youth participation in positive social transformation efforts and the role that 'they play in driving change across the region. Building on the AU's Agenda 2063, the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016-2025 and the Education 2030 agenda and framework for action, the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) has worked actively on preventing violence and promoting peacebuilding through education in Africa. As part of his initiatives in 2020, in collaboration with the African Youth for Peace (Y4P) program of the AU, he has developed a training guide for young people. This guide can be used by young people from different sectors, especially young leaders of organizations involved in peacebuilding and education, and young people in universities and teacher training programs.

The process of developing the Guide includes a series of dialogues with young people from all sub-regions of Africa. These dialogues allowed young people to share their experiences and ideas on how they are affected by violence and peace, on how they can be empowered and become agents of change through education, for building of peace and the prevention of violence. The contributions from this series of dialogues have been incorporated into the development and finalization of this guide, including validating its purpose, and the strategy on how to use, apply and disseminate it.