A series of five training workshops, each
with 20 young people from communities in Kaduna State, was held in Kaduna, with
the aim of preparing these young people (100 in all) to carry out
peace-building activities in their communities under the project ‘Kaduna State
Youth Peacebuilding Academy’.
This was an initiative of
Plan-International (Nigeria) and the Kukah Centre with Carefronting Nigeria as
the training consultants, and part of a one-year initiative. If successful, it is to be extended to more
communities and more states in Nigeria.
The training workshops were organized,
designed, documented and facilitated by Carefronting with logistical support
from Plan-Nigeria and the Kukah Centre.
The young people varied in age from about
18 to 35 years, as well as intellectual capacity, educational levels and
interest in the project, but most seemed very interested in pursuing the goals
of the project by working on peace-building in their own communities; something
badly needed in this part of Nigeria.
The training covered elements of
non-violent conflict resolution, mediation, restorative justice, strategic
communication, extremism and radicalisation, as well as the design and
development of a project plan to be implemented on their return to the
For various reasons the workshops were
conducted in English, but as several participants were not sufficiently
proficient in English to follow well, translation was necessary for three
groups. This slowed progress
The fact that each
group contained a good mixture of young people from the various religious,
ethnic, and political groups found in Kaduna State as well as equal numbers of
men and women was already a very positive experience for the young people. Working and planning together had an even
greater impact upon them. Friendships
and working relationships were created
and can form a basis of strengthening relations across the divides.