Scouts Contribute to Social Cohesion and Sustainable Peace in Burundi
In the framework of the Project: "Investing in Youth For Social Cohesion and Sustainable Peace in Burundi 2018-2020" to meet the SDGs on peace, security and gender equality, the Scouts Association of Burundi is leading advocacy on conflicts identified in the community to contribute to peaceful management through activities involving young project beneficiaries and targeted peer educators in 13 communities of Kanyosha, Musaga, Buterere, Kamenge, Ngagara, Bubanza, Gihanga, Kabarore, Rango, Kayanza, Mugina, Rugombo and Buganda.
These activities consist of first of all identifying the existing conflicts which disturb the communities’ peaceful cohabitation and social cohesion and then taking action to contribute to their peaceful management and reduction. In Kayanza Province alone the project benefited about 500 people.
In the Rango town, the advocacy actions on the identified conflicts took place at a football pitch. The young people, divided into 5 small groups, were able to identify the frequent conflicts in their localities. Using drawings, the participants proposed solutions to reduce these conflicts that threaten peace and peaceful coexistence. These drawings illustrate the behavior that must be adopted for better cohabitation to achieve better social cohesion.
A quiz on the management and peaceful resolution of conflicts and responsible citizenship followed. 94 young men and women present in 5 groups answered a series of questions and the best were encouraged with prizes.
In the town of Kabarore, at the Kabarore Youth Center, advocacy actions were carried out on the identified conflicts. A total, 94 young people, including 52 men and 42 girls from community different peace clubs took part. They used 10-minute skits to highlight the conflicts and their solutions.
In Kayanza town, another advocacy event took place at the Kayanza Area Trades Training Center. 243 people including 184 boys/men and 59 girls/women took part accompanied by 4 peer educators. These participants gave their contributions on the identification and management of conflicts through the traditional dances and songs while launching councils and messages of peace and social cohesion to the town’s population that came to attend this spectacle.