Promoting Youth Engagement to Prevent Violent Movement In Kaduna State.
With support from Nexus fund that Center for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development (CPAED) from July 2018 to May 2019; implemented a nine (9) months youth-led massive drug prevention program in ten (10) conflict affected communities and 5 LGA;s of Kaduna state namely: (Rigasa, Tudunwada, Gonigora, Marabanrido, Ungwan Sarki, Tricania/Nasarawa, Television, Narayi, Zaria and Kafanchan) LGA’s: ( Chikun, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Zaria and Jema’a The project aimed at strengthening capacity of young people to play active roles in generating positive changes around conflict transformation through volunteerism to organize and lead peace initiatives in their respective communities. It also enhance trust and relationship building in order to promote community-generated support to increase acceptance and foster active tolerance and cooperation among religious, ethnical and political people in the community. The project contributes to the Nezuz Fund mission of supporting global communities to end mass atrocity.
1. Constructive engagements increased among religiously, ethnical and political people in broader beneficiary communities
2. 20 volunteers trained on conflict /mass atrocity prevention and have the capacity to lead peace activities/initiatives in their communities.
3. Increased acceptance, trust and relationship established among people of diverse background to reduce sterotype and mistrust across divides
4. 10 community peace monitors (CPM) established as a pool of grass root people working independently for, alongside and in partnership with others to ensure communities remain peaceful
5. Communities develop local priorities and explore possible ways to engage others to further cascade positive changes that will bring about peace and development in their communities
6. Reduction in their restiveness to perpetrate violence and involvement in drug abuse and other related organize crimes.
7. More youths express commitment to participate in peace building and take initiates for mass atrocity prevention
8. High level inclusion of youths in decision making, peace building and peace making processes in their communities
9. Exchange visits make diverse youths feel free to interact, to exchange details and visit each other for collaboration in communities’ peace activities.
10. Increase social engagement among diverse participating youths and the broader communities
Sustainability: youth has been recognized as change maker and agent of peace by the role the play in the communities. It is pertinent to impressively support the initiative of CPMs toward peace promotion and in fight against drug abuse