GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION TO COLLABORATE WITH ORACLE ACADEMY

4th December, 2017, Global Peace Foundation represented by Dr. Tony Devine, the International Vice President, Global Peace Foundation from Seattle and Mr. Daniel Juma, Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya and Oracle represented by Corine Mbiaketcha; Oracle Kenya Country Leader and Managing Director, has announced a partnership agreement with Oracle Academy. Oracle Academy’s free program offers learning resources and technologies for individual students and educators, and comprehensive computer science education programs and resources for secondary schools, technical/vocational schools, and two and four-year colleges and universities. The collaboration is one of the strategic goals by Global Peace Foundation to ensure high school students are impacted with modern technological skills required in the 21st Century work environment.

“Innovation and creativity are Africa’s inevitable critical success factors. Cloud computing technology enables our developers to build specific solutions to address our local challenges at a minimum costs and time. Spreading out those IT skills at the school level in Kenya, known as the Silicon Savana is building the strong foundations of the mindset that will change the continent. Education is a key priority and partnering with Global peace foundation to achieve such in a well-structured network of selected schools and Professionals is a blessing,” says Corine Mbiaketcha.

Oracle will train teachers and students from 124 public high schools which are spread out across the 47 counties on Java Fundamentals and Introduction to Databases. As one of the ways to assess impact, with the help of teachers, students will be expected to use the skills gained to solve real world problems.

Global Peace Foundation works with Ministries of Education and corporate partners like Intel, Cisco and Oracle to build public secondary school students’ 21st-century work-force skills. Students experientially learn digital technology, explore entrepreneurial enterprises, grow team-work and real-world problem-solving skills, and develop core values of leadership and integrity. Creating entrepreneurial hubs and empowered youth is a key part of the pilot programming in three countries. Global Peace Foundation partners with national Ministries of Education to train teachers on innovative approaches to education transformation in the classroom. We have long-term partnerships in place in the Philippines, Kenya, and Paraguay. Through ongoing advocacy and learning together, we are leveraging pilot programming to scale and driving change in educational systems on a national level. Transforming education develops a workforce that drives employment and economic development, societal and political stability, and ethical societies free from corruption.

The Leap Hubs has empowered high school students with technology skills that they are using to provide solutions. The world of today has changed, so should the education system. Students should graduate from high ready to be job creators because the current rate of unemployment is alarming.” said Manu Chandaria, the Patron, and Global Peace Foundation Kenya. “We believe this collaboration with Oracle will unlock a lot of potential in not only the high school students but also the teachers. Our goal is to see students graduating making them skills needed to succeed in today’s ever changing work environment. In the long run reducing cases of unemployment”, reiterated Dr. Tony Devine, International Vice President, and Global Peace Foundation.

The implementation of Oracle Academy in public high schools offers educators and students computer science education resources to advance knowledge, skills development, innovation and diversity in technology fields. Computing isn’t just for technology companies anymore−all students everywhere need access to good computer science education to be college and career ready in today’s global economy.

At Oracle Academy, we are delighted to work with Global Peace Foundation to help ensure that their students graduate ready to succeed in all aspects of life and in the twenty-first century economy,” said Jane Richardson, Senior Director, Oracle Academy, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to providing Oracle Academy training in our Database and Java Programming curriculum to local teachers, who will bring this learning of computer science and programming into their classrooms for the benefit of their students. Education is a prerequisite to future innovation, and students and educators who engage with Oracle Academy gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge that enrich their futures. Today’s announcement continues our momentum to advance digital education and increase diversity in technology fields globally.” She concluded

Oracle Academy membership costs nothing and offers individual learners, educators, and educational institutions access to world-class technology, expertly developed learning materials and curriculum, training, and other resources.

New Year’s Message From International President, James Flynn

Dear Partner in Peacebuilding,

As we welcome this new year of 2017, I would like to personally thank you for your inspiring commitment to building global peace and prosperity for all. Despite the many challenges and much turmoil around the world in 2016, in every corner of the globe, we find examples of heroic men and women striving to uplift their communities, nations, and indeed the entire human family. Such examples remind us that when we join together for the greater good, and tap the power of the human spirit, we can overcome even the most daunting circumstances.

From one perspective, it appears that our world is becoming more divided and polarized than ever before. We now have unprecedented access to news and information about each other, whether current events in real time or mountainous data on our attitudes and preferences.  With an acute focus on our differences, we can often forget our fundamental connectedness.

At Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. 

The most essential human experiences are of family, no matter one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc. All of us know that members of a family may differ – on personal preferences and even convictions about politics and religion – yet share a fundamental connectedness. People everywhere easily relate to the notion of the “human family.”

The diverse faith and wisdom traditions of the world affirm a conviction that we are one – that our common humanity draws us together because our human nature finds its fullest expression and meaning in relation to others. A vision that points toward a shared future based on our common humanity – as expressed in the simple yet profound phrase “one family under God” – is more compelling and relevant than ever before.

At Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. Our work in over 20 countries builds broad awareness of the central importance of universal principles and shared values as the basis for social cohesion and peacebuilding. We implement programs that apply this vision and demonstrate the efficacy of this values-based approach.  The following “2016 Year in Review” provides a brief synopsis of our recent programs and progress.

This year, let us strive to find the deeper basis of our interconnectedness, and to more deeply understand the meaning and application of “unity in diversity.” What can we do within our families, within our communities, to contribute to the greater good? What can we do together to advance a movement for global peace?

May 2017 bring many advances in our collective efforts to serve the greater good. Best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful and prosperous new year.

incerely,

 

James P. Flynn

International President

Global Peace Foundation

HE. Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD Interview on KTN, World View

HE. Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD Interview on KTN, World View

Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD gives facts on Regional Conflicts in Africa and shares the role of IGAD in peacebuilding. This is part of media sensitization of the National Peace Initiative by various stakeholders to address peaceful coexistence ahead of the 2017 general elections in Kenya. He shares IGAD’s commitment in preventing post election violence in Kenya.

GPY Convenes a Forum for Peace Volunteers

Global Peace Foundation Kenya in conjunction with other peace serving organizations within the “One Nation Under God” peace platform, convened a National Consultative Meeting  for peace volunteers from 33 counties in Kenya. The goal was to share the strategic focus of the National Peace Initiative (NPI), build capacity for both functional and administrative components for the peace campaign.

The forum highlighted various emerging issues in the country in relation to the 2017 general elections. Participants committed to support the National Peace Initiative by bringing together their efforts through a collective impact approach.

They proposed to conduct series of ONUG Mashinani (Grassroot) engagement with women and youth. This will also involve other key stakeholders including Teachers, Faith leaders, and Musicians. Volunteer participants were awarded certificates to recongize there efforts in peace building.

In his address, the Director for Youth Programs Mr. Arthur Oyange thanked the volunteers for their support and commitment to peace building and encouraged them to promote peaceful coexistence in their communities for sustainable development.

 

The National Cohesion and Integration Committee Launches a 5 Year Strategic Plan

Nairobi, Kenya 4th September 2015 – The Global Peace Foundation attends the launch of the NCIC’s 2015 – 2020 strategic plan at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.

The strategic plan unveils the direction that the Commission, on behalf of the Government of Kenya, shall undertake in its efforts to build national cohesion and integration. The commission is committed to provide a shared vision and laying a solid foundation for social cohesion and nationhood.

The Global Peace Foundation has been working in partnership with NCIC to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in communities through community dialogues and launching of “Amani Clubs” (Peace Clubs) in schools that are implementing the Character and Creativity Initiative.

The Commission’s Chairperson, Hon. Francis ole Kaparo called upon individuals and all other stakeholders to rededicate their efforts to the grand objective of achieving cohesion and integration in Kenya. The launch also  recognized Global Peace Foundation as a worth partner with whom they have collaborated in various peace building activities in the Republic of Kenya.

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Mombasa County Government Hosts Post-GPLC Youth Planning Meeting

The 2015 Global Peace Leadership Conference (Youth Forum) convened in Zanzibar brought together youth leaders from the East Africa region including 10 representatives from Kilifi and Mombasa Counties in Kenya. As a post-conference engagement, the youth leaders from Kenya convened a consultative meeting on 29th July, 2015 hosted by the Mombasa County Government to map out strategic areas of intervention for youth development.

The meeting was graced by Hon. Mohammed Abbas, the County Executive Member in charge of the Department of Youth, Gender & Sports-Mombasa County, Mr. Arthur Wasonga, the Global Peace Youth Director and 10 Youth Leaders from Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. The aim of the meeting was to bring together young leaders from Mombasa and Kilifi Counties to brainstorm on the resolutions made during the Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar and domesticate local recommendations. The main focus was to encourage young leaders to own the program by customizing and domesticating the project proposal as designed by the Global Peace Foundation Kenya.

One of the resolutions made at the GPLC youth forum was to scale up the campaign against violent extremism and youth radicalization through the UGEN (United Generation) platform. During the meeting, the young leaders made various recommendations to initiate the “Amani Pwani” initiative geared towards empowering youth to participate in the development of their communities with life skills, peace education and entrepreneurship. The youth also recommended exchange programs to promote unity in diversity as well as exchange of best practices across the region. It was agreed that the two county governments would inject 60% of the resources required to implement the project.

The follow up planning meeting was held on 3 rd August 2015 hosted by Hon. Salma Muhiddin Ahmed, who is the County Executive in charge of Education, Youth Affairs Culture &Social service in Kilifi County. Both Kilifi and Mombasa County Government will later host an MOU ceremony between Global Peace Foundation – Kenya and the two Ministries of Youth.

Zanzibar Declared a “Peace Hub” for East Africa at the Global Peace Leadership Conference

Former President of Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karume told an assembly of East African government, business and faith leaders on July 22, 2015 that Zanzibar offers a “real example of trust in bringing peace” in the East African region. He said that increasing hostilities in the East Africa and the broader region have led to “absolute poverty and despair.”

The former president addressed participants at the Zanzibar Beach Resort during a ground-breaking three-day Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The conference, “Promoting Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa: A Call to Moral and Innovative Leadership,” was organised by the Global Peace Foundation, the East Africa Community, the Government of Zanzibar, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

The son of the Zanzibar’s first president and co-chairman of the African Leadership Mission, His Excellency Karume said that growing instability in countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Congo not only impact the victims directly, but also threaten other countries who must accommodate refugees, while also causing psychological trauma for generations.

“The agenda of this conference envisions a society where all members are the shareholders,” the former president said, adding, “I have total trust and respect for each other as human beings in front of God.

In a statement, Zanzibar’s President Ali Mohamed Shein said the African continent can benefit from the leadership and partnerships generated in this important journey for peace.

“We are a tolerant people who resonate with the Global Peace Foundation message that all humankind are indeed One Family under God,” President Shein said.

The opening session of the conference included participants of a concurrently running Global Peace Youth Summit. Addressing the Opening Plenary of the conference, Former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Amolo Odinga said he was proud to see so many young people participating.

“I shall join everyone in broadcasting what we shall agree on here,” he said, but warned that the people of East Africa have to resist the temptation to resort to measures like extra judicial killings targeting specific segments of society.

“Glaring disparities in economic wellbeing among ethnic or regional groups and the consequent marginalisation of certain regions and communities are among the root causes of insecurity and conflict,” Mr. Odinga observed.

The former Prime Minister said the people of East Africa must confront incidents of insecurity and conflict associated with regional grievances for there to be peace and stability.

“As statesmen in the region, as leaders from all segments, we have the moral responsibility of addressing these conflicts through moral and innovative leadership, influencing policy and encouraging volunteerism.

“As leaders, we should encourage ethical societies anchored upon shared values. When leaders model behaviours that encourage the opposite, it yields divisions in society,” the former Prime Minister added.

Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Ali Mwakwere told the diverse participants that Kenya fully supported the conference agenda because of the need for a peaceful East Africa “where young people are fulfilling their dreams,” a region “that can become an example to the world.”

The Kenyan ambassador told the participating youths that they have a heavy challenge in the present. He advised them that they should not destroy their future by impetuous acts, and they should respect, report to, and also advise the elders.

Global Peace Foundation International President James P. Flynn also addressed the conference and said that Africa can make dramatic advances and meet the serious challenges it now faces.

“You have tremendous spiritual and moral resources already at hand,” Flynn declared. “The traditional culture of East Africa remains strong, and the emphasis on the extended family and community helps to nurture the values of cooperation and mutual respect. Spirituality is deeply rooted here and is a natural part of daily life.

“Such spiritual resources are key to forging a shared identity that transcends tribal, ethnic, and religious differences,” Flynn added. “The shared values contained within them are the foundation for substantiating the motto of the East African Community – One People, One Destiny.  And the commitment to make that vision a living reality – One People, One Destiny (Tafsiri ukurasa huu) – provides purpose and motivation of the highest order.”

More than 500 people, including government representatives, faith leaders, business people, non-profit groups, and youth leaders from across East Africa, other parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia attended the conference.

The conference addressed the threat of religious radicalism from Al-Shabaab and similar groups in the region and beyond, as well as the role of faith leaders and the business community in fostering peace and sustainable development.

The Global Peace Leadership Conference concluded on July 24, 2015.

GPLC East Africa Program Schedule

Program Schedule

“Promoting Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in the East Africa Region: A Call to Moral and Innovative Leadership”

July 21-24, 2015
Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

July 21, Tuesday

All Day      Arrivals and Registration

7:00 PM    Dinner (international guests]   

MASTER OF CEREMONY (MC) AUSTIN MAKANI

MODERATOR: ARNOLD KASHEMBE

 

July 22, Wednesday

9:00 AM    Opening Plenary (Combined with Youth Summit at Zanzibar Beach Resort)

Leaders of the East Africa Community and the Middle East will outline the challenges to peace and stability posed by recent developments in the region, as well as opportunities for collaborative multi-sector peacebuilding approaches based on shared values and the framework of moral and innovative leadership.

Moderator: Mr. Arnold Kashembe, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Ireland

  • Welcome and Invocation by key religious leaders (from Zanzibar)
  • Welcoming Remarks: H.E. Amani Karume, Former President of Zanzibar; Africa Leadership Mission Co-Chairman
  • Greeting by H.E. Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia
  • Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community
  • Amb Tewolde Gebremeskel Redda, Director of Peace and Security, Intergovernmental Authority on Development
  • Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • Amb. Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Kenya High Commissioner, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, EGH, former Prime Minister, Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (Represented by the Second Vice President Hon. Amb. Seif Iddi)

11:00 AM    (GPLC participants return to Melia; Youth participants proceed with Youth Summit agenda.)
12:00 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM    Plenary II:  One Family Under God: Interreligious Approaches to Peacebuilding

Universal principles and shared values are fundamental to building social cohesion, and also provide a common platform for collaborative interfaith action for the good of the entire human family.  In this session, leaders from diverse faith traditions will examine the importance of moral authority, interfaith leadership, and interreligious cooperation for effective initiatives that address identity-based conflict, build sustainable peace, and promote shared prosperity.

Moderator: Rev. Canon Thomas Godda, General Secretary, Inter-Religious Council for Peace Tanzania

  • Bishop Titus Mdoe, Catholic Church of Tanzania
  • H.E Sheikh Abubakar Zuberi,  Ag.Mufti of Tanzania
  • Sheikh Fadhil S. Soraga, Secretary General to Grand Mufti’s Office, Zanzibar
  • Bishop Sunday Onouha, Executive Director, Nigeria Interfaith Action Association
  • Mufti Hatim Harith Saif Al-Abdissalaam, Lecturer, The Higher College of Islamic Studies, Oman; Board of Directors, Islamic Information Center (Diwan of Royal Court), Oman
  • Dr. Issa Haji Ziddi, Lecturer, State University of Zanzibar
  • Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Africa Regional Director, United Religions Initiative (URI)
  • Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa,  Chairman of the Board of Directors, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda

3:00 PM   Concurrent sessions

Concurrent Session I:  Interfaith Working Session on Identity–Based Conflict Prevention

Building on the Global Peace Convention 2010’s Nairobi Declaration and the East African Community’s Kigali Declaration in 2014, interfaith leaders will discuss strategic applications of the agreements outlined in each, with a particular focus on initiatives to prevent identity-based conflict and youth radicalization.

IRCPT will take the lead on organizing this session. Rev. Canon Thomas Godda

Concurrent Session II:  East Africa Business Roundtable Addressing the Nexus of Business & Peace

The nexus of business and peace has become increasingly clear as the rise of identity-based violence in the East African Community impacts development and tourism. This session will examine the role of business leadership, working in collaboration with interfaith and youth initiatives, to promote values-based youth entrepreneurship, foster greater regional integration, and build sustainable peace.

Organized by IGAD / EAC / COMESA.  Coordinated by Vincent Rapando

Business Roundtable – Agenda

Topic: Nexus between Peace and Development

1.  Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, EAC

2.  Amb. (Eng). Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD (Represented by Amb. Tewolde G/Meskel Redda IGAD’s Peace and Security Division director)

3.  Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA (Represented by Beatrice Hamusonde, Director Gender & Social Affairs)

Expert Speakers

Topic: Kenya 2013 case study: How the Private Sector and the Civil Society partnered with IGAD Cewarn and the Kenya Government to help deliver 2013 free elections

  • Amb. Martin Kimani, Kenya Ambassador to United Nations Office in Nairobi

Topic: Investing in a Conflict Environment

  • Mr. Ahmed Jama. Owner, Village Hotel & Restaurants, Somalia
  • Dr. Mehari Tadu -Lecturer University of Addis Ababa

Topic: Synopsis of Conflict in the Region

  • Mr. Richard Barno-Director IGAD Cewarn (HOST)

Topic: Private Investments to Prevent Conflict

  • Mr. Keli Kiilu– East Africa Business Council

Entrepreneurs

  • Mr. Mukhesh Shukla, CEO Shumuk Group of Companies
  • Mr. Alykhan Mukwano-CEO Mukwano Group of Companies (tbc)
  • Mr. Reginald Mengi-Executive Chairman the IPP Media Group (tbc)
  • Ms. Sabetha Mwambenja, Director, Covenant Bank of Tanzania
  • Mr. Anteneh Assefa CEO, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (tbc)

Facilitator:  Dr. Jason Kapkirwok, TradeMark EA (tbc)

Co-facilitator: Joseph Rwanshote, Programme Manager, Trade, Industry and Tourism

Concurrent Session III:  East Africa Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Peace.

Note: The Global Peace Youth Summit is convening concurrently at the Zanzibar Beach Resort Hotel.

(Both the Interfaith Working Group and Business Roundtable will manage their schedules between 3 PM and 7 PM – with two 90-minute sessions and a 30 minute refreshment break.)

7:00 PM    Dinner

 

July 23, Thursday

9:00 AM    Plenary III:  Moral and Innovative Leadership

Leadership that is both moral and innovative is essential to addressing the roots of conflict and corruption, and to promoting equitable development within our global community.  Societies that emphasize good character, innovation and collaboration can lead the way in building peace. In this session, speakers will discuss policies and practices that promote moral and innovative leadership as necessary to advancing peace, security and sustainable development.

Moderator: Mr. John Oko, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria

  • Mr. Insu Choi, Africa Regional Representative, Global Peace Foundation
  • IRCPT representative
  • Honorable Dr. Mwinyihaji Makame, Minister, State House and Good Governance, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
  • Hon. Ayoo Tonny, Member of the Parliament of Uganda; Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on East African Community Affairs

10:30 AM    Networking Break

11:00 AM    African Leadership Mission on Peacebuilding, Youth Empowerment, and  Service

Former heads of state and other noted leaders from across the region will recommend concrete strategies to address the challenge of identity-based conflict and build support for interfaith peacebuilding, youth leadership, and service.

Moderator: Ms. Chipo Muzorewa, Zimbabwe

  • H.E. Amani Karume, former President of Zanzibar; Africa Leadership Mission Co-Chairman
  • H.E. Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia
  • H.E. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, former President of Ethiopia (represented by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Africa Regional Director, United Religious Initiative)
  • H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria (represented by Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association)

12:30 PM    Lunch

2:00 PM    Engaging Partners in Regional Peace and Security

This session will summarize the consensus recommendations from the Faith and Business Sectors, Government, Multilateral Partners and the Youth Summit to forge partnerships for a two-year campaign designed to address identity-based conflict in East Africa. Partners that commit resources to the campaign will be recognized at this time. Working teams formed both before and after the conference will work to implement, evaluate and improve the strategic campaign components proposed during the conference.

Moderator: David Caprara, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships GPF / Co-Moderator: Daniel Juma, Executive Director GPF Kenya

  • Ms. Beatrice Hamusonde, Director of Gender and Social Affairs, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Dr. Omar Mohamed Al Khateeb, Member of the Board of Trustees for Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award, UAE
  • Rev. Ngoy Leita Mwakilima, General Secretary, Tanzania Women Interfaith Network
  • Business Roundtable report/call to action: Mr. Richard Barno, Director Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism, IGAD
  • Youth representatives
  • Mr. Arthur Oyange, Director, Global Peace Youth Kenya
  • Mr. Taleeb Ismail Jussab, ZAYEDESA
  • Mr. Khalid Nakabale, Africa Peace Service Corps, Uganda

4:00 PM    Plenary VI: The Way Forward

The Way Forward final session will summarize next steps and set a timeline for the interfaith and youth campaign.

Moderator: Mr. Arnold Kashembe

  • Mr. Salum Abdalla, President, Global Peace Foundation Tanzania
  • Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • H.E. Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia
  • H.E. Amani Abeid Karume, Former President of Zanzibar

6:00 PM    Closing Banquet: Celebration of Peace and Zanzibar Culture

The Closing Banquet will celebrate the timeless, universal values of peace embodied in the vision of One Family Under God and the historic cultural richness and tolerance manifested in Zanzibar as an island of peace.

 

July 24, Friday

  • Optional historic sightseeing program
  • Prayer observances
  • Departures

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