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Uniting African Youth for Peace – Bujumbura, Burundi
an article by United Network of Young Peacebuilders

The training course “Unir la Jeunesse Africaine pour la Paix” (Uniting African Youth for Peace) hosted by UNOY Peacebuilders and UNOY’s Burundian member organization Initiatives and Actions for Peace and Development included 24 youth workers from UNOY member organizations, Cordaid partner organizations and other relevant organizations from three different countries from the Great Lakes region in Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda).

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The training was held in Bujumbura, Burundi, on September 10-15, 2012, and aimed at providing youth NGO members in the region with skills in conflict transformation and project development/management. Additionally, the training also served as a space for networking and exchange of ideas and fundraising strategies for peacebuilding in the region. The training course was held in French, and focused on the creation of several different work plans to be later developed in projects that bring together the Great Lakes youth around peacebuilding.

As a final product of the training course, participants created a series of six different work plans containing general and specific objectives, as well as a roadmap to be implemented in the course of the next 2 months. Follow-up activities include the provision of two feedbacks of draft proposals by UNOY, two progress reports in the course of project implementation as well as the mediation of a Facebook group by UNOY partner IAP.

The training course was the first of a series of regional training courses in Africa, and was a huge success. Pictures from the training course can be found here and the report from the course will shortly be published here.


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Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.

This report was posted on October 8, 2012.