Year Two thousand thirteen witnessed youths take different roles of championing for peaceful cohesion and inclusivity in politics of national development.
The main peace activities done included: asking the residents of Dandora phase 4 area, that was severely hit by 2007-2008 post-election violence to sign and pledge to maintain peace during the election period, after engaging and training them. We obtained 1,000 signatures, and it reduced drastically, we also linked youths and women to opportunities and training to be taught entrepreneurship and given loans. We intend to empower the youth, children, and community to become agents of positive social transformation that we came about with this project.
The exercise took place before the general election that took place on 4th March 2013, and the peace ambassadors continued to engage fellow youths around Dandora phase four.
The exercise started in early January 2013 and ended on 30th March 2013. One of the factors that made the task successful was the alternatives provided by the actors, which included training on loan applications and conflict resolution management techniques.
Two wrongs do not make a right, and violence is never the sure path to solve a problem. Having been in the informal settlements of Dandora, filled with violent crimes, then we are in the best position to lead the whole society in finding the best way to solve disagreements without casualties!
Speaking at the end of the program, CPA. Jobiese Richard thanked the youths for taking a leading role in being peace champions, pointing that when they are involved in finding solutions to local problems, then a society’s foundations are firmly placed. He further asked the elected leaders to work with youths. And continue empowering them by awarding them tenders to the qualified ones as this is part of community responsibility that every one of us must undertake if we want to see nation-building and improvement in the economy of the country.