Across the world, peace serves as the gentle heartbeat nurturing the very foundation of sustainability and prosperity of every nation. It is the unwavering commitment to dialogue over discord, cooperation over conflict, and unity over division. Within the embrace of peace, we unearth the fertile ground for the sustainable growth of our shared future.

In September 2019, I had the privilege of being selected as one of the participants to represented OneAfricanChild Foundation at United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Education for Justice (E4J) training of trainers event with The Doha Declaration: Promoting A Culture of Lawfulness in Lagos Nigeria. This Global Programme focused on four interconnected components: strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice system; fostering prisoner rehabilitation and social integration; preventing youth crime through sports; and enhancing education of children and youth on the rule of law through its ‘ Education for Justice’ (E4J) initiative.

After absorbing invaluable insights during the three-day training, I returned to my community and conducted a step-down training for other youth volunteers. Together, we equipped over 180 teachers with the tools to impart these essential lessons to their students, fostering a culture of lawfulness.

October 2019 brought another remarkable opportunity as I was selected as the sole youth representative for OneAfricanChild Foundation at a UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop focused on “Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in African Countries through Teacher Development.” This gathering of minds discussed transformative pedagogy as a means to combat violent extremism. Upon my return to Nigeria, I collaborated with my team to conduct training sessions for 130 teachers from eight schools in Kwara State, furthering the reach of our mission.

In 2021, I co-facilitated a workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) for teachers across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones. The NATCOM/UNESCO event held at the UNESCO Abuja office aimed to empower educators with the knowledge to counteract extremism through education.

Additionally, I engaged professors, school administrators and Ministry of Education in a four-day Training of Trainers Workshop on “Transformative Pedagogy for Peace Building and Prevention of Violence through Education” in three northern geo-political zones in Abuja. This initiative, organized by UNESCO IICBA in partnership with NATCOM UNESCO Abuja, sought to enhance the skills of tertiary and secondary school teachers in fostering peace through education.

Amidst the backdrop of prevailing insecurity, injustice, and governance challenges, OneAfricanChild Foundation’s commitment to Peace Building Education has proven invaluable. OneAfricanChild Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of at-risk communities, youth, and schools in providing Peace education programs in Nigeria and Kenya. We continue to stand by low-income communities in their journey towards peacebuilding and prevention of violent extremism. Our path has been one of empowerment, and through it, we have sown the seeds of change for a brighter and more peaceful tomorrow.

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