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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.

Support from WPDI includes first a unique training mix that focuses on mediation, conflict transformation, life skills and vocational skills in ICTs and entrepreneurship; secondly, the young leaders receive resources and mentoring in the development and management of educational projects and small businesses uniquely tailored to the needs of their communities.

As the technology partner to WPDI, we provide ICT equipment and specialized training on ICT and business skills for the youth based on Connect to Learn, Working with partners like mobile operator Zain, we enable connectivity and internet access for the Initiative via computer-equipped Community Learning Centers and also deliver comprehensive virtual and face-to-face education in ICT and professional skills. WPDI also provides youth continued training in basic business and life skills and supports the youth as they develop and implement their community-building projects. Through its flagship program, the Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN), WPDI fosters young leaders in conflict regions of Africa such as in South Sudan and post-conflict regions like Northern Uganda. The program is also currently active in Mexico, where it is designed to address conflict transformation in urban settings where gang-related violence affects youth. Since the launch of the different programs, around 15,000 people have been positively impacted with youth trainings, community learning centers and community projects led by the youth.