Promotion of peace and youth civic engagement in Burkina Faso

A Peacemaking Project by Abdoul Aziz T.

What is the injustice we are solving?

My project will solve the problem of young Radicalization in Burkina faso. The problem is evidenced by the multiple strikes of schoolchildren and students, the events of October 30 and 31, 2015. This is often due to a lack of concientization of youth and injustices committed against them. These vulnerable young people go through violence to make themselves heard. Often they are the easy prey to the terrorists who recruit them. This radicalization of the young is also manifested by incivism. Considering all these aspect, we propose to organize awareness-raising training for young people and also to introduce them to technobiology as a tools for transparency and advocacy.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Youth radicalazation
we will address - cultural segregation, religious stigmatisation: young people are not always tolerant of other cultures. and minority cultures are marginalized. There are often religious rejections that can be seen. And all this leads young people to radicalization
by conduct Civic Leadership and Entrepreneurship training (2 trainings)

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Train 50 youth on civic leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Ensure a good dialogue among religions and cultures of sahel region
  • Build a regions of young entrepreneurs to avoid their enrollement interrorists groups

We will increase my / our compassion by...

# creation of a network of young people committed to the culture of peace #creation of a youth exchange platform for civic engagement # conference on the culture of peace

How will you show courage?

I will live with beneficiaries during the training to show my proximity I can also take the risk to discuss with people who are injustice actors to sensitize the.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will collaborate with 3 Young African Leaders Initiative alumni (Flora KONE, Blaise BASGA, Ghislain CONFVELBO) and everyone will be asign a task. And after we will evaluate the event.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will conduct pre/post evaluation participatory evaluation I will also creat group activities to evaluate the collaboration among youth fellows;

Key Steps

  • #Selection of beneficiaries
  • # Conference on peacebuildind and civic engagement
  • #groups Work

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

This project allowed our team to be first with the people of Falagountou to better understand the problems they face. We have realized that the radicalization of these young people and their religious intolerance are due to the lack of initiatives and collaboration among themselves and the lack of institutional support despite their individual will to engage in their communities. They need a meeting place and a dialogue to exchange moments of joy and sorrow. They thirst for justice and friendliness.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

After our project, we decided to mentor the beneficiaries of the program we initiated with your mini grant. And currently community days have been initiated by the young people themselves; They organize football tournaments and health days in the village. it is an opportunity for them to demonstrate their commitment to peace services. Many call us to share their joy and desire for entrepreneurship, but they lack enough training and financial support in these rural areas.

How many people were impacted by your project?

120

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

We trained 60 young girls and girls from the village. Each in turn has resolved to pass on what he has learned to a fellow student. We estimate the direct recipient at 60 persons and the indirect ones at 60 as well. This gives us a total of 120.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

Arriving in the village, we first got familiar with them before the conference to share our closeness and our empathy, our compassion. we have exchanged with some to understand what they really want and what they miss. After that we delivered the lecture. After the conference our team is sharing a fraternal meal and exchanged with girls who are victims of forced and early marriage. Among them, there is one who wants to make it his workhorse. Our team has learned a lot.

What did your team learn?

Our team to understand that it is necessary: - Go to vulnerable populations -to involve women in the peace process - initiate exchanges between young people -to involve religious and customary leaders in the fight for peace. No one must be left behind and voices must be heard from the voiceless.

What challenges did your team overcome?

Our team was faced with a financial deficit. The mayor had promised to assist us, but alas at the last minute, we were forced to face expenses. We also took the risk of going to a remote area, more than 300 km from our home because we want to make our contribution. The financial challenge was one of the biggest. There is also the language challenge. Several people came from neighboring villages to listen to us, we needed an interpreter. We could have it at our expense. This made it possible to translate the conference into an instant language. It was a success.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

We announced our project to the local authorities, to our friends who are there and around us. Some helped us in the mobilization, others in the distribution of questionnaires, and finally in the billan. The workshops were participative and we gave everyone the chance to speak.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

Advance my friend, the path you take is a noble path. Go and make yourself a peacemaker everywhere where there is hatred, discord and injustice. Do not hesitate to make peace makers with you. You will have people like (Peace First) to support you. The fight for peace is far from easy. I've done the experience and I will continue. Arm yourself with courage and perseverance.

Our Updates:

Promotion of peace and youth civic engagement in Burkina Faso

Abdoul Aziz T. 1 August 2018 15:01 Hello!
I have work during last week on a small project on "Promotion of peace and youth civic engagement in Burkina Faso". This project has been implemented in Falagountou, a rural village of my country. 70 persons (females and males) benefit from this small project. It was a conference wich gathered people from different background (muslims, christian, traditional religions believers,etc) and also many ethnical groups ( fulanies, sonraï, gourmantché, etc).
The goal was to train them on leadership, civic engagement , peacebuilding and entrepreneurship. All these modules have been delivred with the assistance of a translater and a collaborator (a lady of 18).
People was very happy to se our commitment . They said they have learn a lot and that was the first initiative taken toward they region by youth like them. They have learn how to be more committed to they society and build peace and promote gender equality and diversity. It was also an opportunity for them to share their experience and problems they are facing in their community.
More than 70 per cent of them took the resolution to promote peace through cultural dialogue, tolerance, and community days.
We have been very impressed by the courage of a teen girl who want to commit herself to fight teen earlier mariage and gender base violence in their community. In fact girls are given to marriage when they are 12 or 13 years old .
Many of them want to commit themselves to entrepreneurship but their don't have technical nor financial assistance. They are left behind.
As team we have learn a lot. First of all, how to collaborate and work with small grant, second how to be more present to people needs and finaly that there many things to do. So we are this generation of young leaders who have to change the narrative and create a best space of living.

Comments:

Amani A. Peace First Staff
29 May 2018 14:37

Dear Abdoul Aziz,

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I really appreciate that you continue to take the feedback provided into consideration! I am also very grateful for your flexibility and willingness to learn. Thank you! I also appreciate that you were specific about the number of youth who will benefit from this project, and you articulated indicators to measure the success of this project.

Things to Consider:
Please make sure to share updates about your project on the platform during the upcoming three months. Also, remember to collect lessons learned as it will help you to plan for the next phase of your project.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
9 April 2018 15:31

Hi Abdoul Aziz, I reached out to you through email and I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
 

Amani A. Peace First Staff
6 April 2018 13:52

Hi Abdoul Aziz, go to the project dashboard here: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/promotion-peace-and-youth-civic-engagement-burkina-faso/dashboard and you can do the update for each section of the project based on the chosen issue.

Please let me know if you need help with this as well.  

Abdoul Aziz T.
5 April 2018 15:04

Thanks again
I don't see realy where I have to make correction. You can take a look on what I have just correct.
thanks  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 12:40

Abdoul Aziz, please make sure to re-write your project based on the chosen issue. Go to the project dashboard and do the updates, please.

Please let me know if you need help with this.  

Abdoul Aziz T.
4 April 2018 17:40

Thank you for you help. I want to tackle youth radicalisation. Thanks you very munch  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
4 April 2018 16:55

Thanks, Abdoul Aziz! However, I still see that you are highlighting two issues here; the gender-based violence and youth radicalization. These are important issues to tackle, but the question is: what is the issue that you care about the most and want to solve now?

We usually encourage young people to focus on a particular issue as a starting point.

Please let me know if you need help with this.
 

Abdoul Aziz T.
3 April 2018 16:08

Problem statement, injustice and grant request  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
2 April 2018 16:26

What kind of corrections you have done, Abdoul Aziz? Thanks!  

Abdoul Aziz T.
31 March 2018 5:07

I made some correction . thanks  

Abdoul Aziz T.
31 March 2018 4:27

hello. thank a lot for you review. How can I update information. The injustice is that there are gender-based violence. there are girl who cannot attend school or they have initiatives but they dont have trainings. and also there is the problem of terrorism and the radicalasation. girl and youth can radicalize because of this gender-base violence. so they are easiely enrollable for terrorist.  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
30 March 2018 16:14

Hi Abdoul Aziz, I hope you are doing well. I just reached out to you through email and I look forward to hearing from you :)
 

Amani A. Peace First Staff
2 March 2018 16:42

Hi Abdoul Aziz, and thanks for sharing your project with us! Are you working with young people between the ages of 13 to 24?

As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of the project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I have noticed that you raised two issues here; the gender-based violence and youth radicalization. These are important issues to tackle, but the question is: what is the injustice/issue that you care about the most and want to solve now?

I would strongly encourage you to spend some time towards deepening your understanding of the chosen injustice that you want to solve by talking to other people in your community to get their perspective and using the Problem and Solution Tree to discover the root causes and consequences of your chosen injustice and it will guide you to more solutions. Here are some resources on how to do that: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion

Please try as much as you can to make the compassionate insight clear, so that other Peace First members would understand it better.

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!

Please let us know if you need any help with this!  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
8 February 2018 13:20

Thanks for sharing a bit about your project, Abdoul Aziz! I recognize that you are trying to solve the issue of Radicalization through positive civic engagement of youth! I would encourage you to check the Peace First peacemaking tools to narrow down the injustice you are interested in solving and understand it better by submitting a compassionate insight, and create a plan to address it.
https://www.peacefirst.org/peacemaking-tools

Please let us know how can we help.  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
6 February 2018 11:30

Welcome to Peace First community, Abdoul Aziz! I think this is the first project from Burkina Faso :) Could you please tell us more about your project and what your idea to best overcome this issue? We are looking forward to reading more about your project and please let us know how can we help!
 

Amani A. Peace First Staff
13 July 2018 13:40

Abdoul Aziz, I look forward to seeing the update of your project. Wish you all the best for your event in Georgia :)

Please let me know if you need any help.  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
1 August 2018 16:03

Abdoul Aziz, thanks for sharing the update. This is a very good feedback from you and the participants. I am glad to see that this was a learning journey for you.

It would be great to encourage the young people who shared their commitment to start a peacemaking project on Peace First platform.
 

Abdoul Aziz T.
1 August 2018 16:41

Thanks to you amani and to all the team. I will be very happy to continue working with you. It's amazing and I've learned a lot  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
2 August 2018 8:57

Thank you, Abdoul Aziz - I will send you another follow-up email next week.

In the meantime, please make sure to finish the final step of your project.

Best,
Amani