The Bo Peace Carnival attracts residents from the whole community, but particularly targets the youth population. Most youth fought in Sierra Leone’s 10-year war and still retain the behavior and culture of violence and aggression associated with the war. Communities are struggling to reintegrate ex-combatants, and they are striving to find a positive role in society. Youth must learn to express their views non-violently, and their communities must learn to engage the youth’s participation.
This project will organize the Bo Peace Carnival organized by a committee comprised of community representatives from youth associations, the Police, the Army, and other groups, helping these key actors learn to work together towards a common goal.
Using music, drama, and discussion, the Bo Peace Carnival will facilitate dialogue, particularly providing an opportunity for youth to express their views in a constructive manner.