Kampala – people of South Sudan won their independence on July 9, 2011 after nearly five decades of relentless struggle against the oppressive regimes of the Sudan. However, barely three years into independence, another devastating civil war erupted in the country on December 15, 2013 living many of South Sudanese nationals displaced and living as refugees in the neighbouring countries. In August 2015, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) and other stakeholders signed the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).
To organize an innovative, empowering and inclusive youth events for students in secondary and other institutions of higher learning and with a focus on enabling youth to engage with issues of peace building and inter-cultural interactions.
Our ideas on youth innovation challenge:
Youth dialogue forums where boys and girls can talk openly about their challenges on peace agreement in both interior and exterior.
Youth friendly sports activities including: theatre arts, creativity, music, dance, cultural performances, exhibitions, workshops, interactive talk shows, and several other kinds of activities encouraging interactions and dialogue creation among the participating youths.
Peace articles in print and electronic media disseminated across South Sudan.
Youth initiate inter youth dialogue forums where men and Women/girls talk openly about human rights violation prevention, transitional justice, judicial processes and reconciliation processes.
Peace debates among youths in secondary schools and institutions for higher, learning youths into leadership structures in all South Sudanese refugee camps in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Training of ToTs on conflict prevention and responses and on the peace process who will in turn train other community members using the training cascade to create mushrooming effect for a long term outreach campaign on youths.
Encouraging the youths and support the mental health service providers in giving psycho-social support to victims and survivors of human rights violations and abuses for trauma healing, truth-telling and reconciliation.
Youth awareness in public institutions i.e police, churches, community leaders on peace agreement both in interior and exterior.
Civic education on youths in South Sudan.
Gender -Based violence in South Sudan, gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and gender glass ceiling.
Ter Manyang Gatwech,
Executive Director of International Youth for Africa (IYA)