Forest Whitaker's PeaceEarth Foundation and UNESCO Juba launch the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, Dec 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Youth peacemaker network to harness technology to promote
capacities among South Sudanese youth with the
support of Ericsson, and Zain
Forest Whitaker, Oscar-winning actor, humanist and Goodwill
Ambassador of the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), announced today the PeaceEarth Foundation will
launch the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan in cooperation
with UNESCO Juba, the Ministry of Culture,
Youth and Sport of South
Sudan, Zain and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC).
The Youth Peacemaker Network will nurture a new generation of
to reconciliation and conflict prevention.
Participating youth from South
Sudan's 10 States will be trained by
local and international experts in conflict
peace and community building as well as mediation
These youth will forge peaceful, non-violent relationships with
peers as they work together with their communities, engage
with youth nation-
wide, receive mentoring and training in business
skills to promote attractive
learning and skills-based
"Reconciliation is a slow process, and it often takes as much time to
get out of a conflict as it took to get in one," said Forest Whitaker.
"That's why it is so important to work with youth to promote the
significance of education, personal
empowerment and leadership to
build peaceful conflict resolution skills and techniques."
With 72 percent of the South Sudanese population under the age of 30,
future for the country is in the hands of the young.
"Peace is an enabling
factor for the development and prosperity of
South Sudan and to the building of a national identity, said Mr.
Salah Khaled, UNESCO Juba's Head of Office. "It is essential to
empower young people and train them with the skills they need to be
The program will use the field expertise of its key partners. UNESCO
facilitate the secure access of youth living in remote
areas. Ericsson will provide mobile broadband connectivity,
computers, and mobile phones from Sony
Mobile, alongside basic ICT
and social media training and tools for connecting
students through the global education initiative Connect To
Ericsson will provide on-site project management resources,
Wi-Fi coverage, and
the Ericsson cloud computing solution to support
In support of its belief that mobile connectivity is a tool of
build peace and a positive agent of change, Zain will
provide internet access
via 35 mobile broadband dongles with capacity
of 1GB per month, as well as mobile phone SIM cards for program
PeaceEarth and UNESCO Juba are working together with South Sudan's
Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport as well as State-level
ministries and Youth Unions to establish computer centers in the
State Capitals. These centres will help
participants from the
Youth Peacemaker Network to share their experiences and access
additional trainings through the online platform www.peaceearth.org.
will also support additional cooperation with governmental
agencies to support
and develop Sudanese youth.
Mr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport,
the project, "The fact that young people will have a place
to learn and practice
computer skills and communicate with youth
from different States and counties,
will provide them with
future opportunities while also building their
breaking down some of the misunderstandings which lead to conflict
in the first place."
The Youth Peacemaker Network will begin its initial roll-out by
holding its first training for young women and men from Jonglei.
The training will take
place from 12-15 December 2012 at UNESCO
Juba, and will cover conflict
resolution, leadership, peace and
community building, and mediation skills.
Over the next two years, the program will expand to include South
nine States and will continue to support the long-term
capacity development of the youth as well as providing mentoring
and business skills to promote
attractive alternative learning and
skills-based opportunities for youth.
For more information on PeaceEarth and the Youth Peacemaker Network,
please visit www.peaceearth.org.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Forest Whitaker:
Award winning artist, Humanist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Forest
has dedicated most of his time to extensive humanitarian
work. In 2011, he was
named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and
Reconciliation for his personal
dedication and work in the field of
conflict resolution and his commitment to
ideals. He founded the Los Angeles based PeaceEarth Foundation in
2012, and in partnership with Rutgers University, he co- founded of
the International Institute for Peace under the auspices of UNESCO.
In 2007 he
received the Cinema for Peace Award for his selfless and
ongoing advocacy for
child soldiers, as well as his work with
inner-city youth. He was also awarded
the Humanitas Prize in 2001.
Currently, he serves as a spokesperson for the Ugandan child soldier
orphanage Hope North, and is a board member of the President's
Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). For more
information, join the conversation @ForestWhitaker.
About PeaceEarth Foundation:
The PeaceEarth Foundation is dedicated to peace-building and
community empowerment in areas of conflict everywhere. Founded in 2012
by Academy Award
winning actor Forest Whitaker, the PeaceEarth
Foundation works to engage, empower and inspire youth, women, and
global citizens to promote peace across
the planet. Through
on-the-ground programs in Africa and the United States,
PeaceEarth Foundation helps societies affected by conflicts and
violence transform into safe and productive communities. For more
information, go to www.PeaceEarth.org and join the conversation on
About UNESCO Juba:
UNESCO's mission is to contribute to the building of peace in the
minds of men and women. UNESCO Juba is working together with the
Ministry of Culture, Youth
and Sport and the Ministry of General
Education and Instruction, to integrate
peace building into
educational planning and delivery. The Office's priorities
increasing literacy rates, promoting lifelong learning,
science knowledge and policy for sustainable development,
addressing social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural
diversity, intercultural dialogue and in building an inclusive
knowledge society through information and communication.
Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East
Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over
41.282 million active
customers as of 30 September, 2012. With a
commercial presence in 8 countries,
Zain operates in the following
countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan and
South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages 'touch' on behalf
government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now
branded 'INWI', through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait
Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN). For more, please email
About Connect To Learn:
Connect To Learn is a global education initiative launched in 2010.
With a growing portfolio of partners now on board, Connect To Learn
was designed as a public/private partnership to promote access to a
21st century secondary education for everyone with a special emphasis
on girls. The gender focus is due to the challenges girls face in
completing their education globally, despite the enormous economic
and societal benefits gender parity in education enables. Connect To
Learn aims to propagate practical solutions to ensure that
worldwide have access to education, providing secondary school
other support to keep girls in school, and
implementing mobile broadband connectivity in the schools they attend
to improve access to learning resources.
Connect To Learn is a
non-profit venture catalyzed by The Earth Institute at
University as Scientific Advisor, Ericsson as lead ICT partner,
Millennium Promise, an international 501c3, as administrative
partner, and other
organizations and individuals providing vital
contributions. For more information, please go to
www.connecttolearn.org. Connect To Learn multimedia
available at http://www.connecttolearn.org/media/video-library
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