UNDP Sudan Youth Volunteers celebrated International Youth Day in Darfur

Aug 17, 2017

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To celebrate the 2017 International Youth Day, the UNDP Sudan Youth Volunteers Supporting Peace and Recovery in Darfur Project (YoVoReD) held a series of youth centred events from the 10th to 13th August 2017. The events were organized in collaboration with State Governments, UNAMID, UN Agencies other grassroots organisations and groups in West, North and South Darfur States of Sudan. A total of 3,000 Darfuri people from different backgrounds; including 90 YoVoReD Youth Volunteers, participated in the celebration of the occasion across Darfur.

In accordance with the theme for this year’s occasion - ‘‘Youth Building Peace’’, activities marking the day focused on the role of the Youth in building peaceful societies, which included theatre role plays and group discussions on the Role of Youth in Peacebuilding  and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), workshops on Economic Empowerment of Youth, Youth in Building Peace and the SDGs, Film screening of the  ‘’IMAN’’,  UNDP Sudan’s Official Promotion Film on Combating Violent Extremism, as well as art exhibitions with cultural/traditional activities.

The theme of the event was much in line with the YoVoReD project as well as the priorities of national authorities in the Darfur region. Therefore, stakeholders found the activities impactful and reflective of the strategic interest of the people of Darfur as it enabled the youth to express their views on how they can further engage in building peace and how their efforts could promote peace in the region.

A total of 3,000 people including 90 Youth Volunteers under the YoVoReD project, and other participants drawn from community youth, community members, staff from the United Nations, State Government authorities and International and National organizations celebrated the International Youth Day together in Darfur.

The theme of the event was much in line with the YoVoReD project as well as the priorities of national authorities in the Darfur region. Therefore, stakeholders found the activities impactful and reflective of the strategic interest of the people of Darfur as it enabled the youth to express their views on how their efforts could promote peace in the region.

Ms. Afaf Adam Ibrahim Omar, a YoVoReD Youth Volunteer, from South Darfur said, “I knew that the role of youth was significant and necessary for the development of Darfur, and yet I did not know how to mobilise the youth or what exactly I should do to make further actions. However, today, I have seen so many youth who have the same enthusiasm and aspiration, and I realized that even with a little action, I can make a difference just like we developed a theatre play on the “Future of Youth in Darfur” for this event.  I found today’s event very inspiring!”

Dr. Bashir Mukhtar, General Director of State Ministry of Youth and Sports, commented, “This event was a remarkably valuable collaboration with UNDP and other stakeholders. I appreciate UNDP’s initiative to organize the variety of activities in order to mobilise not only youth but also community members. Especially the theatre play and film screening were so creative. It was a new style of conducting events for the public in Darfur. I am sure this collaborative events enhanced the relationship between national authorities, UN agencies and other grassroots organisations. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

 

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Mr. Abdelsalam Omer Ibrahim, a 23-year-old community member in El-Geneina, expressed his contentment, “It was an inspiring event, and I realized that I am also one of the youth who have significant responsibilities to bring a better future to our community. This is my first time to participate in this kind of event, and I was happy to see those participants especially the governmental institutions who pay this much attention to the Youth” and the Role of Youth. Darfur can have a better future.”

The UNDP YoVoReD project in Sudan is a Youth-led recovery project aimed at empowering Darfuri Youth to play active and leading roles in the peace and socio-economic recovery of their own communities. The project recruits unemployed graduates of Darfur origin, provides them technical and competency-based training and then deploy them to their own rural communities as social workers where they live and work for 9 months, sharing the gained skills and knowledge and supporting peace processes. Through this process, the Youth mobilise communities to initiate and implement peacebuilding, environmental and micro-enterprise development activities. It enables the Youth to test their knowledge and skills, gain experience which prepare them for their own employment. In its third phase, the project was initiated by UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Sudan and being implemented in partnership with a network of community based organisations (CBOs). It is currently being funded by the Government of Japan and UNDP. Previous Phases of the Project were financially supported by the Government of Korea with contributions from the UNV and UNDP. 

IYD 2017 Organizers and Partners:   

  • YoVoReD Youth Volunteers
  • Government institutions: The State Ministries of Youth and Sports, Finance, Social Affairs, and Health, CORE, Peace Centres at the Universities of El Fasher, Nyala and Geneina.
  • UN Agencies and Mission: UNDP, UNFPA, UNAMID, UNV, WFP, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR
  • NGOs: VNW, BHA, RAF, ERRADA, BORD, Social Solidarity, and Child Development
  • CBOs: Youth unions, Women unions, Student unions and Youth SCOUTS

 

For more information about the Youth Volunteers Supporting Peace and Recovery in Darfur (YoVoReD), please see our photo story: https://social.shorthand.com/YVRDP_Sudan/32sM6SL6w6/undp-sudan-youth-volunteer-rebuilding-darfur-project

Or please contact: Mr. John Anodam, Programme Manager UNDP Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme, UNDP Sudan: john.anodam@undp.org

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