IPP Media Report: African Leaders Urged to Devise new Framework for Peace

Zanzibar, Tanzania July, 23 2015 – African leaders have been challenged to establish a new framework for peace rooted in common spiritual aspirations, principles, values and in the universal truth that all people are equally created and deserve dignity, opportunity and governance.
Former Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume said that in the prevailing great moral confusion  leaders need to understand that most fundamental human problems cannot be solved by politics, diplomacy, economic or even science methods only.
Karume made the remarks here yesterday at the opening of the 21st global peace Leadership conference. The former Isle’s president is the current Chairman of the conference.
He underscored the need for the leaders to work together towards effective solutions that would address the root causes of conflicts in Africa.
“It is from this understanding of our fundamental, spiritual identity and deeply interconnected bonds as one human family that we gather to work together on issues that require the engagement and collaboration of every sector,” he stated.
He noted that East African countries have a special challenge in fostering peace and prosperity in the event of the rise of violent extremism and the pressing issues of radicalization.
According to Karume, East African partner states have all the important resources to address these challenging issues in their traditions, culture and faith.
“We need to address the underlying roots of conflicts and to show the way forward towards enduring peace based on a unifying vision of our common human heritage,” Karume said.
Seconding Karume, former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga said it was evident that one of the key challenges facing the African continent today was to identify the root cause of conflicts.
Odinga noted that African leaders must have moral responsibility to address the conflicts through moral and innovative leadership, influencing policy and encouraging volunteerism.
“As leaders, we should encourage ethical societies anchored on shared values. When leaders’ model behaviors encourage the opposite, they yield division in society,” he observed.
For his part, East Africa Community secretary general ambassador Dr Richard Sezibera said Africa needed leaders who were ready to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the people.
“Our leaders must be innovative and have a character that goes beyond for the future of the people they lead,” he said.
The four-day conference is being attended by former Zambia President Rupiah Banda and former presidents Amani Abeid Karume (Zanzibar), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), GirmaWolde- Giorgis (Ethiopia) and James Mancham (Seychelles).

A separate meetings involving youth will be held at the Zanzibar Beach Resort, while the elderly and other leaders from the region would proceed with their meeting at the Melia Hotel in the North of Unguja islands.
According to Rashid Kibao, one of the organizing team leaders said the meetings will examine innovative interfaith and youth engagement approaches to addressing identity based conflict.
“Delegates will consider best practices and proven models that will facilitate interfaith partnerships in the region, based on universal principles and shared values, in order to reduce identity-based violence.
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Global Peace Foundation Partners with Airtel to Support Leap hub Schools with Internet

Nairobi, Kenya June 17, 2015 – Global Peace Foundation, today partnered with Airtel Kenya to support 41 schools in the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Hubs program with provision of free internet connection.
Through the partnership, Airtel will offer free internet connection to students within the program who use the internet to access online resources and tools that help nurture and develop their business ideas. The support is part of Airtel’s ongoing community program- Internet for Schools designed to provide internet connectivity to millions of students in the country ensuring that they are able to leverage the information, access and content that the internet provides.

Speaking during the event at Mary Leakey Girls High School, Airtel Kenya CEO lauded the achievement of the program noting that such an initiative is a lifetime opportunity to sustainably nurture business ideas, serve communities and reduce unemployment in the country.

“Our youth are the leaders of the future and there is no greater investment a nation can make than invest in its mushrooming youthful population. Through joint efforts with all the partners, I am convinced that LEAP Hub program will continue to create a platform for Kenyan youth to unlock their potential and hereby urge the youth to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it. Through our Internet for Schools program, we have so far connected 167 schools across the country impacting over 250,000 students to-date, with a plan to connect at least 1 million students to the internet,” said Mr. El Youssefi.

Students participating in the LEAP Hubs program continue to go through leadership and entrepreneurship training focusing on business plan development, financial literacy and critical 21st century skills that will empower them to be self-reliant job creators as opposed to job seekers. The program has so far reached out to 15 schools in Nairobi, Kiambu and Machakos County and is expected to expand to other parts of the country in the coming months with an expected growth of 40 schools in the first year.

On his part, the Patron of Global Peace Foundation Dr. Manu Chandaria noted that through the program, the Foundation has demonstrated global leadership and a pioneering intervention to address a core issue: youth readiness for employment that transcends grade point averages to include essential competencies in character and creativity.

“Globally, 75 million unemployed youth represent a sobering global crisis with consequences that include increased violence, political instability and income inequality. In Kenya, 75 percent of new post-secondary graduates fail to find jobs in the highly competitive labor market. Youth business and social entrepreneurship can be a tool for empowerment, allowing them to create jobs as well as solve real social problems in their communities,” said Dr. Chandaria.

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Commemorating the 2015 UN Girls’ in ICT Day

Nairobi, Kenya April 23 , 2015 – The Education division of Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with CISCO Academy today hosted female students from Leap Hub schools at the CISCO office in Nairobi to mark the annual celebration of United Nations ‘Girls in ICT Day’. The event was mainly geared towards inspiring girls to pursue careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) through hands-on exposure to the most recent technology and engagement with industry professionals.

CISCO Academy helps students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st century career skills in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

“Girls who apply for STEM subjects in Campus are often dissuaded due to lack of confidence,” she said. “We have so many job opportunities in line with the STEM subjects in the market today” She added. “We must do what we can to show the world that we are fearless by pursuing these fields of study.” – Mrs. Farzana, the Head of Marketing
Google Kenya.

The students were also mentored to apply some of the ICT skills gained from the event to improve their social or business ideas being incubated in the Leap Hubs.

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