Civic Education Comes First in South Kordofan
In Dilling, South Kordofan state, UNDP DDR implementing partner Near East Foundation unrolled the first civic education training of trainers in the state. Using the lessons learned from the project originally piloted in neighboring Blue Nile state last year and reaching an estimated 1300 people, the project aims to train both ex-combatants and civilians in topics including first aid, nutrition, reproductive health, conflict resolution and human rights. This project, which is ongoing in Dilling will serve as an effective pilot for the Sudan DDR Programme in the region and will be further rolled out in a five additional localities beginning in the second half of July. This further allows UNDP to build innovative best practices on social reintegration. As Dilling SDDRC manager Hafiz Gibrael Juma noted during his opening address to the participants, “I know that 90% of you here today are former soldiers. I also know that this package isn't much materially, but the value of this project comes from what you make of it.
This is the first time we've had civic education training in South Kordofan. We are so proud of all our ex-combatants who are willing to work and cooperate with us. We are proud of our ex-combatants and we have been by their side during times of war and now during times of peace. We are calling for peace, especially as you've seen the fragile nature of our state; therefore we appreciate everyone who supports our peace initiatives.”
For more photos of this training: http://flic.kr/p/cro8Kf