Enhancing Peace and Security in the Eastern Africa Region

Youth for Peace project kicks off in Burundi

A group of 50 youth people gathered in Bujumbura, Burundi to discuss on the AU continental framework on youth, peace and security. The main objective of the program is to dissuade youth from violent actions and facilitate their meaningful participation in all spectrums of peace and security in Africa. In this regard, the program finalized the Continental Framework on Youth Peace and Security and its ten Year implementation plan which were adopted by the AU PSC in 2020. The Guest of Honor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Burundi, Mr. Syldie Manirerekana opened the youth conference in the presence of the youths from EASF member states, government officials from the host nation and EASF management team

In his opening remarks, the Assistant to the Minister thanked the Eastern Africa Standby Force and all the youth leaders from Member States for coming to Bujumbura to be part of this important seminar.

Mr. Syldie pointed out, “the government of Burundi recognizes the vital role youth in the economic and social development of our country.  Africa has potential youth power that can change the image of Africa. Africa is a power house of youth. What is needed from us is addressing the mechanism of changing this potential youth power in to meaningful agent of peace and security’’

The event is part of EASF’s continued effort in engaging young people in matters of peace and security. ‘’As people of Africa, we have shared values and ethos that bind us together. We also have shared objectives, goals, and vision, We, too, have a shared history. At the same time, we also have common threats to peace and environment.” Concluded Brigadier General Osman Mohamed Abbas who was representing the Director of EASF.

Talking on behalf of other youths from EASF member states, Mr. Allan Ruto from Kenya, thanked the Republic of Burundi for hosting the seminar and called on his fellow youth leaders from the region to be the agent of change and promoters of peace initiatives.  He emphasized that by the end of the seminar, youth leaders from EASF Member States should take home what they have acquired during the seminar and apply in their respective countries. The conference will culminate with a tree planting event in Bujumbura.

Youth for Peace project kicks off in Burundi

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