Fight against Violence: 60 young people trained in the culture of peace and democratic citizenship

The fight against the recrudescence of violence in the region of Marahoué is a major concern for all populations. In schools, it is acutely that remedies are considered in order to circumscribe the specter of violence and the incitious acts that are gaining momentum. It is in this context that a training and capacity-building workshop was organized for students from Zuénoula at the Foyer des jeunes, on October 20 and 21, 2017. It is an initiative of the Youth Parliament of Côte d'Ivoire (PJCI) Zuénoula section, in partnership with the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research.

For two days, these young people from various communities in the department were trained in citizenship and peace with a view to contributing to the establishment of a lasting peace and a harmonious living together in this area of the Côte Ivory. Better, it was to get them to engage in the process of reconciliation, peacebuilding and preservation of social cohesion.

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Research Foundation, which provided training and workshops, was represented by KOFFI Yao Ernest, TIE Bi Zaouli Lucien and YA Kouakou Jérôme. As such, four themes were discussed during these days of peace education.

The themes "Introduction to the Culture of Peace" and "Initiation to Human Rights" were presented by the first named. The theme "Initiation to Conflict Management" was moderated by Mr. TIE Bi. And to Mr. YA Jérôme to animate the module entitled "Techniques of non-violent communication".

In view of the action plan developed for monitoring and recommendations, and in view of the relevance of the topics discussed, the city authorities, through their spokesperson, in this case the 3rd Deputy Mayor of the city of Zuénoula, wished that the other social classes, allusion made to the traditional chiefs, to the elected officials and managers, and to the teachers can benefit from the same workshop. It was through the graduation ceremony that this workshop ended.

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