By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, GenerationsforPeace, (GFP), has trained 60 people in Kaduna state on using arts and advocacy to promote peace among different ethnic and religious groups in the state and Nigeria at large.
Admin Secretary, GFP Kaduna office, Mr. Eric John, disclosed to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to him, the training which commenced in January 2019, was put on hold due to the 2019 general elections in the country, and is now in its third session.
He added that GFP has since 2008 been working in Kaduna state, and had different kinds of peace building programmes that has engaged young girls, women, male youth and adults in dialogue, adding that this is the second phase where it would use Arts and Advocacy for the next one year.
Mr. John explained that participants at each session will gain necessary skills and knowledge that would enable them take the message of peace to their communities using different vehicles.
“With the skills acquired participants will further engage members of the community from different ethnic groups in activities of different kinds using arts and advocacy.
“They will also promote the message of peace, preach against violent extremism to ensure better cohesion, increased tolerance and acceptance across ethnic climes in the state,” he added.
It will be recalled that in December 2018, GFP
Programme Manager and Lead Facilitator, Safiya Ibn Garba, had trained 21 Volunteers on Arts and Advocacy for Peace programme in Kaduna.
The 21 volunteers had previously took part in the first phase of the programme tagged: “United In Diversity” aimed at bringing together youth and adults of different ethnic divides in the state to preach peace using arts and advocacy, to bring about social cohesion among them.
The programme is supported by the US Embassy in Abuja.