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YPM Tanzania organized a Peace Forum of more than 100 youth from colleges and High schools. The aim was to involve youth on peace building as it was discussed in the United Nation’s Resolution 2250. The youth generation is the generation that is likely to be affected and involved in wars. But with emphasis on the discussion shared on UNSCR 2250 Youth must be built as peacemakers and they must play the role of reconciliation.
Youth as the people with power and energy in the society must have positive contribution in promotion of peace and security. They are to be equipped so that they avoid being victims and perpetrators of different wars and protect peace and provide justice and security within their communities.
Youth must recognize that the rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism especially among youth threatens stability and development and can lead to terrorism. A nation that has no peace cannot have the development it wants even if the society is well educated. Peace must be the priority of all people and youth are forming large population in Tanzania and many other countries in the world, unfortunately with no direction that group can be affected by armed conflict and even civil clashes.
The highlight of this gathering was to enlighten youth to be advocates for national governments, Regional and International Organizations to engage youth in building and maintaining peace through provision of better living environment, education, leveled grounds for participation and airing their views as well as contributing in addressing and fighting causes of poverty.
From many of the participants it was shared and believed that Tanzania can continue to be the peaceful country if youth of this country can be united in different ways, their talents celebrated, and together involved in promotion and protection of peace.
On top of the discussion and exchange of views on UNSCR 2250, the forum also gave room for the discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals. The presentations was on the 17 SDG’s goals, the contribution to development, the challenges in implementation and the goals of which youth feel to identify directly into their life endeavors. The issue of quality education, innovation and creativity was highlighted by many in group discussion on what can empower them. More of sports activities were asked and the YPM was burdened to see how they can develop small talents as a way to identity, confidence and positive living of youths in life cycles.
The forum saw the election of representative leaders from each participating institution which was followed by election of the steering committee to stand on Youth Peace and Security of youths in Lushoto. The end goal of the process and getting a steering committee was to increase awareness, call for active participation in matters affecting youth in Lushoto and formation of more Youth Peace clubs in their institutions.
On 21st September it is an international peace day celebration, Due to many YPM responsibilities this day was moved and celebrated on 25th Sept 2018. It was attended by the Tensing team with the YPM football team, Computer class kids and the staff.
Tahona Godfrey and Elias Adrian YPM volunteers were involved in running the whole exercise by explaining the importance of peace on earth and asking questions to some of the participants. The importance of the day was manifested through brief speeches from participants on how each of us has a role to play so as to enjoy peace. The words reflected the importance of Right to peace to all people. As youth in Africa they shared on a number of countries where peace is a farfetched reality, but also how many youths suffer violence through being forced into conflict and war tone areas. They see how peace is the ingredient for justice and human rights to all. The words echoed the message for the day given by the General Secretary of UN Antonio Guterres on marking the International Peace Day. As he says “It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” — Secretary-General António Guterres
As Youth Peacemakers we join the world in celebrating and even more putting emphasis on the importance of peace as one of the basic and important ingredient for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Youths under YPM are involved in a number of activities in Schools, Colleges and general life walks with peace as a guiding compass for success. It has been witnessed through the stories that were shared by the football players that they have been wining different trophies at their level to the point that now they will represent the district to the FA CUP in Tanga region. The secret has been working for peace, living peacefully and sharing peace even to opponents in their competitions. The same is needed to all people of the world. We need peace to each individual so as to enjoy the God given creation. Justice is fundamental for Peace, but the true provider of Justice should be raised in peaceful circumstances—YPM envision provision of peace platforms to youth and community members to be able to see justice throughout our communities.
The event was colored with training on S2C (Subject to Citizen), Brief explanations of Importance of VICOBA to Youths economic initiatives and various games like pulling a rope, a coca cola drinking competition, the fun learning activities on dependence and need of one another as well as a volleyball contest.
Through this event we believe the participating youths have gained an opportunity to appreciate the importance of peace in the world but will also use the talents and opportunities they have to invest and work for peace so as to set platforms for achieving their dreams.
“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Mathew 5:9