Building Youth Capacity for Peace in Nigeria

by New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation (NEEDCSI), in partnership with the Global Center on Cooperative Security, has concluded plans to hold a two-day Project Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop for NGOs, CBOs and FBOs working in Plateau State. The training will hold on January 17-18, 2016, at the TREASURES INN & SUITES, Opposite Airforce Base, Rayfield Road, Jos, Nigeria. Twenty Five (25) Representatives of CSOs, NGOs and FBOs working in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State will participate in this training.

This training is part of the NEEDCSI’s Strengthening Citizens Against Radicalization Through Leadership and Re-integration Training in Northern Nigeria- (Project SCARLIT). The overall Goal of this project is to prevent the radicalization of youth by strengthening the capacity of local citizens and community organizations through base-level psycho-social training and tools that foster peace and dialogue engagement to support successful rehabilitation and reintegration. Specifically, the project has as a core component to provide capacity-building support that both strengthens the efforts of local CSOs in providing rehabilitation and reintegration support to IDPs, as well as supporting CSOs in their preventing violent extremism (PVE) efforts as well. 

Typically during conflicts the response from security and humanitarian entities is either emergency assistance which is immediate, or development aid which takes a significantly longer time to realize. Too often services that are needed that lie in between the two response options do not exist. Programming bridges are needed to sustain and promote the empowerment of the individual and community as they move from emergency crisis to long-term sustainability. This is the space that Project SCARLIT fills. This training designed for local CSO staff, inclusive of community-based organizations (CBOs) and local faith-based organizations (FBOs) builds the capacity in the space between emergency and development.  

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, in partnership with the West Africa Regional Office of United Religions Initiative, hosted 53 students, including Adult Mentors at the 2016 Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy. The training was conducted at the Fajib Hotels & Suites, Rantya, Jos Plateau State, Nigeria.

The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy brought together the participants for an intense learning and sharing experience. In an inspiring interfaith environment, participants formed a community of practice and together studied the art of Interfaith Peacebuilding, nonviolence and compassion in ways that will deepen their leadership potential and expand their capacity to make vital contributions to their community and the world. The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy was facilitated by a team of highly skilled and richly experienced facilitators.

Guided by the principle that youth are key actors to achieve peace, UNAOC develops educational programming to enhance the ability of young people and their organizations to foster mutual respect, understanding and long-term positive relationships between peoples of different cultures and religions.

The Young Peacebuilders programme will engage young women and young men from West Africa in an intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding experience.

The aim is to support the growth of networks of young peacebuilders who are equipped with the tools to address stereotypes, prejudice and polarization in order to build more inclusive and peaceful societies in their communities and globally.

20 selected participants will learn and collaborate online and in-person during 12 weeks – from October to December 2016.

Participants will interact online through a series of facilitated modules and in-person during a one-week workshop in Abuja, Nigeria (November 20-26).

In order to participate, applicants must commit to completing all phases of the programme, outlined below. Online involvement is part-time, while the workshop is a full time, one-week experience.

During the programme, participants will:

  • Learn about other cultures, faiths and worldviews within and beyond the group to foster intercultural cohesion and collaboration;
  • Learn about stereotypes and how to critically analyze them to reduce their prevalence;
  • Understand different perspectives in identity-based conflict and gain tools to develop solutions at local, national and regional level and transform conflicts peacefully;
  • Develop competences to use different forms of media or expressive arts as a way to create alternative narratives, reduce polarization and promote social inclusion.

Programme components:

  • Part 1: online phase (6 weeks). Participants access the course through an online collaborative platform provided by UNAOC. UNAOC and other trainers facilitate the first few modules of the curriculum, giving an opportunity to participants to get to know each other prior to their first in-person meeting. They also start getting exposed to tools and concepts, engage in discussion and start reflecting on their individual and joint action. Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours per week to complete the modules (some work can be completed off-line).
  • Part 2: one-week face-to-face workshop. All participants travel to Abuja, Nigeria to complete modules and field visits with trainers and facilitators. They also work together on the development of the group final products and their own action plans. Time commitment: one week (5 working days + 2 travel days for arrival and departure).
  • Part 3: online follow-up phase (4 weeks). Participants stay connected through the online platform, improve their final products and report on the implementation of their action plans. Each participant must commit to complete three follow up actions in the months following the workshop. This part consolidates the network and follow-up mechanisms, ensuring the members of the group continue to support each other after the programme.

The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy is a program of New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, the West Africa Regional Office of United Religious Initiative (URI West Africa) and World Faith

Participants of the Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy will come together for a 3 day intense learning and sharing experience. In an inspiring interfaith environment, participants will form a community of practice and together study the art of Interfaith Peacebuilding, nonviolence and compassion in ways that will deepen their leadership potential and expand their capacity to make vital contributions to their community and the world. The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy will be facilitated by a team of highly skilled and richly experienced facilitators.

The Organizers will cover participation costs associated with feeding, accommodation and local transportation. No per diem shall be provided. The Selection process is highly competitive, so early applications are encouraged. Registration/application period is open until July 31st 2016. Applications received after that date shall not be entertained. The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy will hold in Abuja, Nigeria, from August 11-13, 2016.


New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation has been selected to participate in the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, from April 25-27, 2016. “Living Together In Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal,” will be the theme of the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), to be held 25-27 April, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. By stressing the “inclusive” aspect of “living together,” the UNAOC 7th Global Forum will harness the multiple perspectives of various sectors to meet the challenge of, and progress towards, inclusive living in today’s increasingly diverse societies.

The two Plenary Sessions will have a duration of two hours each, with 5 participants from various sectors and a moderator, followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Breakout Sessions will last for 1.5 hours, and will have 6 panelists and a moderator.

These breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for showcasing the impact and results of the projects of UNAOC and its partners, discussing best practices in various relevant areas, and strengthening existing partnerships and fostering new partnerships.

Consistent with its emphasis on youth, the UNAOC Youth Event will precede the Forum. The full-day event will provide youth participants the opportunity to shape the global narrative on social inclusion and offer suggestions on preventing violent extremism. Up to 150 youth from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds with track records in intercultural dialogue and youth work will be selected by UNAOC and the host government through a call for application process. New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation will also have the opportunity to address participants at the Youth Session.

UNAOC Forums provide an environment for innovative and productive partnerships across the board. Several Networking Sessions will provide an opportunity for various entities to showcase their activities and seek new partners in relevant UNAOC areas.

Winners of the UNAOC-BMW Intercultural Innovation Award will be recognized in a special ceremony, and the host government will also host a dinner and cultural evening for Forum attendees.

Expected outcomes of the Forum include, but are not limited to:

  1. The global consolidation of UNAOC as a platform for the theme of Living Together in Inclusive Societies; the discussion of relevant best practices; and ways to overcome the challenge and goal of living inclusively together.
  2. A Baku Declaration where the UNAOC Group of Friends will issue a declaration on the imperative of Living Together in Inclusive Societies. A round of consultations will take place prior to the Forum on the suggested text.
  3. New partnerships between UNAOC and other entities.
  4. Launching the UNAOC Advisory Council.

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New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation

Location: Jos, Plateau State - Nigeria
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dr. Ivorgba Emmanuel Ande
Jos, Plateau State Nigeria
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