30 July 2021, Accra – In an effort to extend significant participation of youth in governance and peace processes, the ECOWAS Fee hosted a Regional Coaching of Trainers Workshop on Youth for Peace and Safety from the 27th to 30th of July 2021, in Accra- Ghana.
The workshop was organised in collaboration with the African Union Youth4Peace program, the West Africa Community for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and the United Company for Worldwide Growth’s (USAID’s) Reacting to Early Warning and Response Knowledge venture II (USAID REWARD II). Extra technical and monetary assist was offered by the GIZ-ECOWAS Peace and Safety Structure and Operations (EPSAO) venture, co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Financial Growth and Cooperation (BMZ).
On the opening of the workshop, Dr. Onyinye Onwuka, Head of ECOWAS Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs Division on behalf of the Director of Political Affairs, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the strategic and technical companions who’ve made this initiative doable. She additional reiterated the aim of the workshop which geared toward constructing and enhancing the capacities of a choose group of youth representatives to turn into trainers and on this manner contribute actively, constructively and most significantly positively to the attainment of a peaceable and safe West Africa.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Bernard H. Basason, Technical Advisor Early Warning and Mediation for the GIZ EPSAO Mission recommended the assorted efforts of the ECOWAS Fee in partnership with AU, WANEP, USAID REWARD II, to assist the amplification of the voices and contributions of youth to the regional battle prevention and peacebuilding agenda. He re-affirmed GIZ’s continued assist to the ECOWAS Fee in the direction of the additional implementation of the battle prevention framework whereby which youth empowerment is acknowledged as an necessary theme.
Mrs. Ina Pisalru (USAID-REWARD) in her goodwill message recommended the ECOWAS Directorate of Political Affairs for this initiative. She acknowledged that, empowering youth with expertise in battle prevention and peacebuilding has the potential to harness the optimistic vitality of the West African youth for a simpler improvement.
Dr. Chukwuemeka Eze, Government Director, of WANEP expressed his deepest appreciation to ECOWAS and the GIZ EPSAO Mission for the continual collaboration and hoped that the workshop would supply the platform for the harvesting of low hanging fruits to reinforce youth contribution to battle prevention and peacebuilding in West Africa.
It is going to be recalled that in September and October 2019, the Directorate of Political Affairs and the ECOWAS Youth and Sports activities Growth Centre, in collaboration with the African Union Youth for Peace Program, the West Africa Community for Peacebuilding and the German Worldwide Growth Company organized Nationwide Youth Dialogues in Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. The Nationwide Dialogues, which had been attended by youth throughout each Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire respectively, geared toward encouraging the youth to conceptualise methods via which they may foster a peaceable and safe future that they desired and deserved. The Dialogues additionally sought to contribute to advocacy efforts for the event and adoption of Nationwide Motion Plans (NAPs) on Youth, Peace and Safety. Following the success of the Nationwide Dialogues, and in assist of the additional roll out of dialogues in different Member States, the ECOWAS Fee organised this regional workshop in Accra, Ghana for representatives of youth organisations in Member States to offer them with the mandatory orientation, information and capability to in flip organise and convene their very own nationwide dialogue classes across the significant participation of youth in governance and peace processes. This to the ends of strengthening nationwide possession and guaranteeing the domestication of the youth, peace and safety agenda on the nationwide stage.
Moreover, the workshop sought to create a platform for youth dialogue on regional points, to create consciousness on digital literacy and disinformation and affect on peace and safety and function a platform for good practices in peacebuilding and battle administration amongst West African youths.
On the finish of the workshop the Youth introduced a place paper with key suggestions as follows:
To the Governments of Member States:
- Encourage ECOWAS Member States to implement the continental and regional frameworks on youth, peace and safety;
- Invite Member States to develop nationwide motion plans for the implementation of Decision 2250 and make sure the inclusion of youth (women and men) in state mediation and reconciliation processes at neighborhood and nationwide ranges;
- Urge the promotion of co-leadership and co-design of neighborhood battle prevention and administration insurance policies and initiatives;
- Encourage improved budgeting for youth empowerment and resilience;
- Name on Member States to advertise training for peace, citizenship and civic mindedness in academic methods.
To the youth of the Member States:
- Encourage employability and entrepreneurship amongst youth;
- Name on younger folks to advertise literacy initiatives and digital options in response to main challenges together with training, peace, safety, well being and others
- To applicable and disseminate nationwide and worldwide texts in favour of youth for extra outcomes and affect of their interventions;
- Actively have interaction in governance on the neighborhood and nationwide ranges by selling human and social values resembling patriotism, respect, tolerance, solidarity and inter and intra youth dialogue;
- Construct political and financial social expertise and capability to facilitate their significant and impactful interventions on peace and nation constructing
- Develop advocacy and lobbying methods in addition to a monitoring and analysis mechanism for youth initiatives as a way to change the picture of youth.
- Provoke and coordinate youth initiatives for synergy of motion.