Democratic Republic of Congo: Africa Reconciled trains 73 young people in active nonviolence in Goma


10/9/18 - As part of the official launch and implementation of the program "Empowering New Generations on Active Nonviolence and Entrepreneurship", our member organisation, Africa Reconciled in DR Congo, organised a training on "Active Nonviolence", running for two weeks at the end of August.

These training sessions were attended by several groups of young leaders of the social movements of the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and two trainers trained by Pax Christi International: Justin Byanjira and Linda Bisimwa.

The two sessions involved the participation of a total of respectively 37 young people in the first session, including 9 women and 28 men, and a total of 36 young people in the second session, including 5 women and 31 men.

The first week, during which the training took place at the University of the Great Lakes/ULPGL Goma, was dedicated to the conclusion of the second module on conflicts and the introduction of the third module on active nonviolence. The object of the second week was the third module on active nonviolence. Again the meeting place has been the Free University of the Great Lakes Countries.

As for the other phases of visibility related to the project, it should be noted that this advertisement was broadcast on two local radio stations from Goma, namely Virunga Business Radio/VBR and Blessing FM. Furthermore, it is expected an article of the newspaper called EASTART MAGAZINE will appear in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An article from Congo Forum, the reference website dedicated to Congo as well as to relations between Congo and Belgium, is available at this link.

At the end of all these sessions, young people expressed a great interest in seeing this project come to a fruitful end and showed enthusiasm in having learned important concepts such as nonviolence. They thanked Pax Christi International for the support.


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