Youth leaders attend peace building trainings organized by AYINET in Gulu and Lira. AYINETs training empowers the youth with Knowledge and skills to lead to positive, constructive action in their communities, with a view to encouraging innovative action, particularly by strengthening their competences and skills in peace building and conflict mitigation.
“Even though youth are the majority of our population, and it’s true that we are the least productive, make up the highest number of criminals and are consistently blamed for causing disorganization in our communities. Fellow youth, we can still change and become better and productive people in our society”. Ojok Denise Mukasa Palaro sub-county, Gulu
The youth should be engaged constructively, socially, politically and spiritually in order to be productive people. Fellow youth, even without education we can still be productive people. We are very capable of creating change within our communities. Ronald coordinator Awach straight talk club,Gulu
Youth attend Commemoration events
Youth from different post conflict communities in Gulu and Lira take part in Commemoration events at Barlonyo, in Lira district and Atiak, in Gulu which are both LRA massacre sites. The youth participation in this event aimed to provide the young people with diversified learning opportunities to ensure their exposure to, and integration in, the social, tribal, economic and political lives of other young people from different tribes who also experienced conflict.
“Problem sharing and learning from others paves way for faster physical and mental healing.” Susan ayaa ongako subcounty
Ojok mukasa palaro Gulu used a proverb that says a” bachelor can never console a woman who has lost a child” it’s easy for me to learn from my colleagues who also passed through the same and also adopt possible solutions to some of the common challenges we both are facing as victims of the LRA war.
AYINET peace groups
Ojok denise mukasa of palaro subcounty poses with his goats that where given to him from the Community Demand Driven program
AYINET has established dozens of youth groups in both Lira and Gulu. The newly established youth groups have contributed successfully to creating peace builders who are both well equipped, and look forward to bridging the gaps caused by the post war experience. These established structures are deeply involved in conflict mitigation and also other different activities that aim at peace building and community development. There activities include peace building education and sensitizations through Music, Dance and Drama, Agriculture for peace, VSLA for peace, Art for peace, conflict mitigation and many others.
These activities act as a mechanism for mobilization or a platform that brings them together for sharing peace related ideas
Omach Justice, secretary of the Paluo-Oribe youth group in Bobi Sub-county (Gulu) as he says: “These activities influence our attitude. We strive toward living in a peaceful community and keep encouraging other youths to participate in projects that have the potential to improve their productivity and their social and economic wellbeing, while also reducing the overall level of poverty.”
These group works clearly shows youth as peace change agents who report and resolve conflict within the communities, they are demonstrating the roles of young people in peace building and are restoring networks of interpersonal relationships using both cultural , religious and other peaceful appropriate means of solving problems that also shows the youth adoption of the traditional justice systems such as Kiir, cayo cuk.
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The Peace building symposium
AYINET organized a Youth Peace Building Symposium in Gulu and Lira where 65 youth leaders from the post-conflict communities in Gulu and Lira. The symposium gave them a platform to share experiences and engage in discussion concerning new perspectives on peace and conflict.
The symposium aimed at empowering our youth to understand the concepts of peace building, gaining a more in-depth understanding of their own cultural heritage and also embracing their national identity. Youth learned the concept of mediation, and how to effectively solve local issues in the role of a mediator. Using a relevant scenario, youth acted out mediations in an effort to solve a problem, whereby all members benefit in some manner. Youth participated in numerous outdoor teambuilding games and exercises that enhanced the abilities to cooperate and work together to effectively solve problems.
The invited cultural and religious leaders in both symposiums encouraged the youth leaders to actively involve themselves in efforts of reconciliation and asked them to serve as bridge builders for peace. They emphasized the roles that youth can play in peace building, especially through our traditional approaches such as mediation and negotiation, traditionally referred to as kayo-cuk, mato-oput.
Advocacy Officer takes part in Balloon games with the youth.
Leading by example. the Project officer SAFE participating in a game during symposium
Otim Moses the Communication Officer Lira explains the meaning of the activity to the youth during the symposium
Stephen Okello the Communication officer conducting a session during camp fire in Lira symposium with elders and youth attentively listening
Youth jubilating after becoming victors in a game
Youth participating in rope pulling during symposium