By General Rigwell Bitton

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of USA. As highlighted in the fore-quoted words, in finding peace we find freedom and for that as the Young Peacebuilders Forum we are forever looking for ways to create peace in the society that’ll bring us the long awaited freedom. It is of paramount importance to note that youth peace building focused partnerships, research and projects are aspects to consider in building a nation. For example, the multi-country participatory Evaluation of Child and Youth Participation in Peace building that was conducted for the Global Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding. It is of great relevance to give a credit to the fact that Young Peace Builders Forum Zimbabwe devoted to helping more young people become more effective peace builders. Children and youth encounter many roadblocks hindering their peacebuilding potential. They work to remove these roadblocks and build bridges strengthening their peacebuilding capacity. Peacebuilding roadblocks and supports are encountered at many levels, from inside a family, to intergovernmental policy. For example, a parent may help to transport their child to a weekly peace club and a government may implement a regional policy of providing peace education in public schools. Young Peace Builder Forum Zimbabwe nurtures environments where young people’s peacebuilding potential is maximized. We do this by developing quality child and youth peacebuilding tools, projects, research, and partnerships.

Furthermore, Young Peace builders is an active member of the Global Partnership for Children and Youth in Peace building and the UN Interagency Working Group on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding, and participates in other relevant child and youth peacebuilding related networks. Peace for us is the means by which a Nation can transform from the status of underdeveloped to that of developed. As a young person, I have for the past 6 years been involved in organizing symposiums and forums in ZIMBABWE , together where young people of my country are given the opportunity to craft ideas and ways in which we can contribute to the sustenance of our fragile peace. Sadly, our continent is experiencing the civil unrest. During these periods, our infrastructure is destroyed, thousands of lives are lot, and human rights are abused. This is a clear example that without peace our development cannot be realized. For years, world leaders and great organizations fight for sustainable peace because without peace it becomes impossible for us to live in a safe space we can call our homes. Peace is the cornerstone of every nations development as it comes along with unity, positive thinking, and collaboration for the common good of all. There is the need for citizens to decide on a set of united values that they will live by and nurture for the next generation. It will be near impossible, if not impossible, for a nation to develop if they have not accepted what makes people pick up arms and create instability. For peace to be maintained, I believe there is a need for the economic development and equality of every country so that everyone can benefit from the resources of their nation. Equitable distribution of a Nations resources is vital to sustain peace.

I honestly believe that we all have a role to play in our country to restore peace or preach peace, be it the Government, Political Leaders, student, pupils. Because we need peace for young kids to grow in a healthy and non-violent environment, for youth to engage in active processes that can help to boost up the country and for our Government to enforce the right policies and also make the country a better place. Wherever there’s peace there’s stability.

We are pleased to announce Building Community in a Divided World as this years YOUNG PEACE BUILDER FORUM-ZIMBABWE, theme! We are encouraging our YPCs to identify harmful divisions between people and groups and then consider how to build and sustain community in these spaces.

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