Burundi: Kamenge Youth Centre trains 23 students from universities in active nonviolence in Bujumbura


9/9/18 - As part of the partnership with Pax Christi International, the Kamenge Youth Centre organised a training session at the Holy Family Parish of Kinama on active nonviolence on 1st September 2018. The beneficiaries of this training were university students from the Catholic Action Movements.

One feature of this training is that these young men and women all wore T-shirts and bracelets promoting nonviolence. In addition, for the visibility of the project "Empowering New Generations in Active Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region", the Kamenge Youth Centre invited the National Radio Television of Burundi (RTNB) for media coverage by an infomercial that has been broadcast on 3rd September 2018 before the news in Kirundi and French. For the print media, two newspapers were also present, namely: "Le Renouveau du Burundi" and the online newspaper "Ijambo". The item is available on YouTube, through an interview to a trainer and a video report on the project (Pax Christi International and Kamenge Youth Center).

The students benefitting from the training were 23 participants, including 9 women and 14 men. The coordinator of the project, Mr. Claude Nkurunziza, began by welcoming the students. The training focused on Module 1 where the trainers, namely Mrs. Joséphine Karerwa and Mr. Evrard Ntirampeba, defined violence in all its forms: direct, cultural, structural, economic, political, social, domestic, sexual, and against the environment.

Subsequently, the teaching focused on the Maslow pyramid and the Major and minor position theory (model M-m). The last topic was Conflict Prevention and Management.

As the media were present, interviews were done with Fr. Eliazar Ntezicimpaye (Chaplain of Catholic Action Movements at the Holy Family Parish of Kinama), Mr. Evrard Ntirampeba (one of the trainers) and Miss Ininahazwe Jeanne Keïta, a student who had participated in the training.

On Saturday, 8th September 2018, Pax Christi International’s team of the Youth Centre Kamenge will visit the Maramvya branch for the second training session as promised.


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