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Education for Peace building

We work with the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to help youth affected by conflicts and violence to foster safer and more productive communities in Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Founded in 2012 by artist and humanist Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and UN Advocate for Children Affected by War, WPDI provides holistic support to groups of young women and men who are empowered as leaders who can bring positive change in their communities.

The WPDI provides a unique approach to working with young people that begins with training in mediation and conflict transformation before shifting focus to developing life skills and vocational skills in ICT and entrepreneurship. In the next stage, the youth receive mentoring support and seed funds to help them learn to develop and manage educational projects and small businesses tailored to meet the needs of their communities.

As WPDI’s technology partner, Ericsson provides ICT equipment and works together with mobile operators to enable connectivity and internet access for the network of computer-equipped Community Learning Centers (CLCs) that WPDI develops in remote areas. We also deliver comprehensive virtual and face-to-face education in ICT and professional skills, based on our Connect to Learn concept.