In May 2018, Pax Christi International launched a new programme in the Great Lakes region in Africa called ‘Empowering new generations on active nonviolence and entrepreneurship'. The purpose of the programme is to educate young people on the culture of peace and active nonviolence and includes assisting disadvantaged youth in creating small businesses. This project is taking place simultaneously in 3 countries (Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo) and is being implemented by 16 organisations in Kinshasa, Kananga, Kisangani, Goma, Bukavu, Butembo, Uvira, Butare and Bujumbura.

The project was launched over a two-week period with two "Trainings for Trainers", first in Goma and then in Kinshasa, where 32 men and women were educated in the principles of active nonviolence. Afterwards, they were sent to their hometowns to give trainings on active nonviolence in different educational institutions and youth movements, reaching thousands of young people.

Pax Christi International strongly believes that young people trained in active nonviolence, imbued with positive values, will become catalysts for change in their own communities and  significantly contribute to the restoration of a culture of peace, reconciliation and tolerance in their region and in their countries.

Reports on follow-up activities from this project: