Building Youth Capacity for Peace in Nigeria

by New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation
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On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation brought together 25 Civil Society Organizations, NGOs and FBOs to the TREASURES INN & Suites, Rayfield Road, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, to brainstorm and explore strategies for preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalization in Northern Nigeria. This is part of a 6-month Project on Strengthening Citizens Against Radicalization Through Leadership and Re-integration Training in Northern Nigeria- (Project SCARLIT), with funding from the Global Center on Cooperative Security. Participants explored and shared experiences and lessons on Return, Rehabilitation and De-Radicalization (RRD) processes.

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. 

The capacity-building training is designed to provide local service providers with tools to assess trauma (not as a clinician, but as a community worker supporting individual and community assets) along with strategies designed to build individual and community resiliency.  Local CSOs are critical to long-term development, and this project seeks to provide them with additional tools for addressing trauma to support reintegration and rehabilitation.

The training provides an overview of global best practices informed by local context in prevention against radicalization and violent extremism (PVE), rehabilitation, and reintegration, to inform the planning of local programming to be implemented by the CSOs as they work with high-risk youth, including IDPs. The leadership and reintegration training addresses the adjustment challenges experienced by refugees and youth returning from life in captivity. The training and toolkit is grounded in sound research and best practices by experts in the field of P/CVE and refugee mental healthThe project supports CSOs in their efforts at reintegrating traumatized young people.

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.

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New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation

Location: Jos, Plateau State - Nigeria
Website: http:/​/​www.needcsi.org
Project Leader:
Dr. Ivorgba Emmanuel Ande
Jos, Plateau State Nigeria
$7,650 raised of $33,800 goal
 
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