Young Peace Ambassadors Program

Youth for Peace and Development



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About

Young Peace Ambassadors Program is a local peer to peer initiative which encourages local youth to be champions of peace. The project is built upon the cove objective of harnessing the youth demographic dividend towards building positive peace in Zimbabwe. Since its formation by university students in 2016, the program targets youth aged between 15 and 29 years, with whom most of them are still either secondary or tertiary school students. Through its promotion of the utilization of local ideas in solving local problems, this initiative challenges youth to be critical thinkers who use local knowledge and skills to promote and build peace within their communities.

YOUTH - Peace begins with me, Peace begins with you, Peace begins with all of us!
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- Young Peace Ambassadors Program

Project description

What issue(s) are you trying to solve?
Basing upon our organization’s mandate, the Young Peace Ambassadors Program aims to promote active youth participation in solving past and current conflicts, as well as their contribution towards avoiding the recurrence of conflicts in the future. Understanding the power that lies in youth, we encourage peer to peer learning, critical thinking as well as active community engagement by the youth- for the youth. We are building a strong team of knowledgeable, confident and skilled young peacemakers who are devoted to challenging some traditional, political and social peacebuilding methods which have failed to yield anticipated results in Zimbabwe. Through our program, youth are well trained and capacitated in decision-making processes as well as demanding for transparency and accountability from community, church, traditional, school and government leaders.

 

What is your approach to change this undesired situation?
Through Young Peace Ambassadors Program, our approach focuses on creating youth peacebuilders who become role models within their communities. As role models, they then motivate other fellow youth to become agents of peace. They also encourage fellow youth to join community service programs which help to keep the environment clean and youth-friendly. 

The uniqueness of our approach is mainly on its avoidance of using prescriptive methods in building youth peacebuilders. Rather, the program encourages maximum participants’ contribution in identifying problems as well as finding solutions to these problems.

What is the potential impact of your initiative?
With enough support, the Young Peace Ambassadors Program has the potential to become a regional program which will benefit youth in the Sub- Saharan Africa region. Its open centred approach is essential in enabling youth in the region to critically think about how best can various conflicts be solved. It also allows youth to lead in the development and implementation of solutions to African problems. Our vision is to create an online Digital Center which allows youth to benefit from this program regardless of their geographical location. The centre will utilize other easy to use communication channels such as text messages which allow even youth without internet access to be active participants of the program.

 

Team members

Dorcus Chishumba

Kudzanai Mutomba

Organisation

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