Education Above All (EAA) Foundation and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) have launched a new project in Uganda and South Sudan as part of their ongoing efforts to mobilise the power of education for peacebuilding.

Empowering youth, a large demographic segment in the two countries, with skills and knowledge essential for human rights advocacy and sustainable peacebuilding, the project will lend agency to participants as global citizens, particularly in areas of conflict where education is under attack. EAA, through its Reach Out To Asia (Rota) and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) programmes, and WPDI aim to reach 412,000 learners and youth from local communities with the joint project, training over 187,000 youth aged 15-24 years as global citizens and peacemakers, and over 190,000 children and other local stakeholders in human rights advocacy, with the participation of 32,666 local stakeholders over a period of three years. The project will build on a combination of interventions based on the experience and expertise accrued by WPDI in the past years, including through ground-breaking collaboration with EAA in South Sudan and Uganda. Abdulla al-Abdulla, executive director of Rota, said: “Our new project supports youth in Uganda and South Sudan to take ownership of and contribute to their community as active global citizens, advocating for lifelong peace, human rights and sustainable development”.Maleiha Malik, executive director, PEIC, commented: “Particularly in areas of insecurity and conflict, we must mobilise the power of youth as advocates, peacebuilders and active citizens. With WPDI, we found a long-term, strong partner who echoes our belief that sustainable development depends on youth empowerment and the safeguarding and promotion of the fundamental human right to education.”Caroline Descombris, executive director, WPDI, remarked: “There is a potential of youth for promoting peace and welfare in their communities that remains largely untapped. This is a reality that needs to be further recognised. As our founder, Whitaker affirmed ‘When it comes to transforming the world, providing the right tools to young people and educating them to the values of peace and reconciliation is the key. As SDG Advocate and Unesco Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, I believe that the association of my organisation with the teams of EAA, inspired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, will help thousands of young women and men from South Sudan and Uganda bring transformative change in their schools and their countries’.”

 

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