Young Peacebuilders in West Africa
The pilot edition of UNAOC’s Young Peacebuilders was launched on International Youth Day 2016, focusing on the region of West Africa.
UNAOC acted as the main convener of this initiative and worked closely with different stakeholders who are active in the region or internationally, at civil society and inter-governmental level: the programme was implemented in collaboration with the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders), an example of the meaningful partnerships between young people and United Nations agencies on all issues related to peace and security, which the UN Security Council called for when it adopted resolution 2250 in December 2015. UNAOC also counted on the participation of the Economic Commission for West African States, and the UNAOC network of alumni.
Through a competitive call for applications, 20 young men and women from 11 countries in West Africa were selected among more than 450 applicants to take part in the programme. The group was balanced in terms of gender and reflected diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Bios of Participant and Trainers
The programme took place in three phases of learning, to maximize the outcomes that can be achieved trough a single one-week training and encourage participants to apply the lessons learned:
- 95% of respondents think the programme achieved its objectives;
- 100% of respondents think that their competences in peacebuilding have improved a lot thanks to the programme;
- 100% of respondents would recommend the programme to other young people;
- Participants reached all of the learning goals they set for the workshop (63%) or two out of three of these learning goals (37%).
- 800 additional persons reached by participants through organizing step-down trainings in their own organizations, sharing sessions and workshops with schools, colleges and universities, participating in radio talk shows, creating poetry videos and facilitating peace drawing campaigns and theatre plays in schools.