Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Tanzania and partners hosted three days of events this August to commemorate International Youth Day 2017. Held under the theme “Youth Building Peace,” the events included tree planting, a youth symposium and a youth festival.
Local volunteers in Tanzani worked together in a community-wide clean up, promoting not only protection of their natural environment, but also safeguarding a community of healthy families, countering the growing danger of violence and extremism.
The rise of identity-based conflict and violent extremism fueled by youth radicalization has come at the price of human life, displaced people, political instability and the loss of physical infrastructure, natural resources and social cohesion. It has hindered human and economic development.
Targeting primarily the youth of Tanzania who constitute 60% of the population, the Vijana Na Amani peace campaign seeks to counter the negative trend of radicalization through education, sensitization and leadership and entrepreneurship capacity building.