Up to 30 male and female youths turned up for a three days’ Peace building Symposium that was held in Lira from the 17thto 20th August 2015 at Lira Garden Inn. The symposium was facilitated by the youth coordinating officers at AYINET , partners , stakeholders and representatives from the Lango cultural institutions; office of the Awitong of the clan, “Atek-okweromac” as the chief guest thanks to the generous support of USAID – SAFE.
Clearly, the need for growth, youth participation in development and sustainability is great among the youth today who live in an era of acute unemployment, limited life skills and moral decay.
AYINET driven by its mission to mobilize and empower the youth and communities in promoting healthy, peaceful and just society, organized the symposium where young people come together to share and learn with emphasis on peace building and conflict mitigation along with other key livelihood and entrepreneurship skills.
The experience is tailored to be both fun and educative; the youths have a great time interacting at Camp Fire and fun time with games and sports like bridge crossing, rope pulling and football that are geared to building team spirit and bring communities together to promote the significance and importance of peace.
The event in Lira was graced by the presence of the Awitong (cultural leader) of the clan “Atek-Okweromac”; Rufino Achayi Akoro& his wife who inspired the participants with his life story of growing up amidst challenges to become a trusted Leader of his community. He stressed the need for promoting, and respecting cultural values in response to the participants’ concerns over the moral decay and increased incest among the young people in the communities today.
Participants share an interactive moment around the camp fire
Otim Moses, Communications Officer AYINET shares a story at the event
The excited participants pose for a group photo at the end of the symposium.