To mark Peace Day this year, Club pour la Promotion de l’Education Socio-Culturelle et de la Technologie (PESCT) brought more than 3000 students from 10 different schools together. They delivered and presented the Peace Education Poster to students and teachers, as well as organising a One Day One Goal tournament. They used the time between every match to reflect on and share messages about peace, tolerance and kindness.
In the lead up to Peace Day ASOLATE held the Youth for Change football tournament that brought together former child soldiers and street children. The final took place on Peace Day, 21 September and celebrated the power of football to unite communities.
Musicians Without Borders(MwB) marked Peace Day in Rwanda with a range of musical activities, including launching a new training program in MwB Community Music Leadership at Mahama refugee camp (the camp newly set up for refugees from Burundi), a song composed by MwB Community Music Leaders (please listen below) and music workshops in Gisenyi as part of a Peace Day event organised by the Ubumwe Community Centre alongside other musicians, dancers and acrobats.
Solidarit pour l'Epanouissement des Veuves et des Orphelins Visant le Travail et l'Auto-Promotion (SEVOTA)’s Peace Day activities took part all across Rwanda. In Kigali, they hosted a debate on non-violence and peace, with candles and songs to symbolise the power of peace. At their centre in Mbari/Kabgayi a number of activities took place including; meditation, biblical lectures, prayers and a masse. In the Eastern region in Rilima (Bugesera district), Kabakungu and Ntarabana in Rongi, Muhanga district and Rukoma in the Kamanyi district, SEVOTA mobilised teachers, primary, secondary and higher education students and worked to incoporate the theme of peace to human development as part of the educational programmes. The role of women in community peacebuilding was celebrated in both Muhoza (Musanze district) and Nyundo (Rubavu district).
Here is a shot of Olivia who took to the stage at Peace One Day's Youth Celebration in 2015
At the CAJED Centre in Goma, Kivu Youth Entertainment and its Rinha Crew organised an ‘introduction to hip hop dance and performance’ for the street children who are part of their project Vijana Up and the former child soldiers in the centre itself. They trained on hip hop dance and Capoeira, and they performed a dance as a unified group. Vijana Up shared this message for Peace Day: “Let’s live in peace in our families, not in armed forces or groups, nor in the streets, nor in the camps.”
Peace One Day coordinated the targeted distribution of, and training for the use of, 1000 life-saving H2O Water Backpacks for women and children in Eastern Congo, through collaboration with faith-based humanitarian agencies Caritas Bukavu in South Kivu, and Caritas Goma in North Kivu.
Caritas Goma distributed 500 of the Peace Day branded packs in Muganga III IDP camp
Caritas Bukavu distributed another 500 to women in the remote Katana area.
On Peace Day more than 6500 people took part in a peace march in Baraka, South Kivu. A group of NGOs were involved in including: Femmes Rurales Amies de la Paix et du Développement (FERAPAD), AJIF, Femmes en Action pour la Sauvegarde des Valeurs Plus Humaines, Justice Prodeo, FOSOF, SOPAD, PAFESKI, RADHF, CADEAL, AMOFUT, Debout Filles de Fizi, SOJIFEP/RDC, Notre Voix, FEDI, PACOPA, SOS JED, AP Femme, Arc-en-Ciel, Pamoja Tucheze, BEEAP, La Floraison, SOPAD, Parlement des Femmes Albinos, COFAS, Groupement de Femmes Vivant avec le VIH/SIDA and Village des Femmes. The march involved over 1700 students from 9 different schools, local authorities, members of the community and many other grassroot organisations.
The ‘Encourage Mothers’ program run by Rudi International works towards the empowerment of mothers on a daily basis. On Peace Day they united over 50 mothers (some internally displaced) in Mugunga, North Kivu. The mothers were engaged in a critical discussion about domestic and sexual violence within their homes. The holistic approach taken by Rudi International provided the mothers a safe environment in which to address the effects experienced following such violence.
Prior to Peace Day, two Character Education & Culture of Peace Forums were organised by Jeuness’Espoir in Kinshasa and Kenge involving approximately 300 schools where Peace One Day education posters were distributed.
On Peace Day a new initiative called ‘School of Character’ was launched in three schools, One Day One Goal matches was organised, eliminating domestic violence awareness events with Elikya Jeunesse took place, peace balloons were released in different schools and orphans received education kits. They also collaborated with UNICEF and the National Education Cluster for an event that brought together over 300 people and marked the day.
The Whales Rugby Academy started raising awareness of Peace Day on 1st September with 21 days of rugby activities as part of Try For Peace. They played several tag rugby games, had a number of training sessions themed around peace. On Peace Day they travelled to Rwanda for some more tag rugby games and also attended the Peace One Day Youth Celebration in Kigali.
The Uganda Scout Association in Kasese District organised a day full of different activities including a school debate, a peace talk, a peace march, dance and sports. Community leaders were also involved in a clean-up activity around Kasese and young girls prepared dances and theatre for the community. In total they reached more than 11,000 students and young people with the message of peace.
Speak Out Uganda and its Pure Love Choir celebrated Peace Day with dance and music activities at Butterfly International School and Uganda Martyrs Primary School in Kampala. They also organized a community outreach event with 200 youth with Galaxy Dance Project Uganda on 26 September at Kawempe Royal College. Bboy Mocca led the activity on Saturday, Speak Out’s founder and director Isaac Samba gave a speech on peace, Hum K sung songs about peace, and Galaxy Dance Project with Bboy Mocca carried a dance workshop.
Two years on from the Westgate shopping mall attack, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK-RfP) facilitated an historic visit of church leaders to Kenya’s largest mosque for the first time in the country’s history, in a bid strengthen relations between the two religious groups that have been harmed by terrorist attacks. They also organised other groundbreaking peacebuilding activities including an interfaith football match between imams and pastors.
The African Union – Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC), United Religions Initiative – Africa (URI-Africa), All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA), Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), and the African Media Initiative (AMI) organised in partnership a celebration of Peace Day on Monday 21 September, 2015 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.