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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Students contributes to the peace building discourse through debates


We Deserve a Prosperous, Peaceful Society with Good Governance.
Main speakers at the Debate
It was a sharing of ideas peaceful..........but we are great friends after the debate competitions.

"Stop using the youth as tools of tools  ......we deserve a new future of respect, unity, coexistence and respect for each other human dignity"


Champions Celebrating.......



Saturday, September 22, 2018

CSO CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE- BOMA FORT PORTAL

Geust of Honour  visiting  RIC-NET Stall

The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” resound in both songs, plays and speeches at the international day of peace celebration in Boma fort portal.
Graced by Gen. Salim Saleh as chief guest, the celebration started with a walk through Fort portal Municipality, the NGOs show of documentation of their peace efforts and development work and presentation of Foot Peace Ambassador Youths.
Gen Salim Saleh takilng to Foot peace Ambosandor Mr. Abraham from BYEAH

“We the peace actors of the Rwenzori region including, security, religious, political, CSO and cultural leaders gathered here at St. Joseph's inn, Fort Portal, Kabarole district on this 20th Day of September 2018 in commemoration of the international day of peace celebrations; We recognize the continued existence of inter-ethnic tensions within our region anchored on struggle for political, social, cultural and economic leverage;
RIC-NET was among other CSOs that participated in the peace celebration by supporting 48 youth to attend and present songs, poems and memorandum on peace efforts and supporting the Batwa- as ethnic minority group to express their peaceful coexistence concerns.

M John Silco from RIC-NET presented the regional leaders Peace Week Communiqué; the communiqué stated that: "We recognize the intractable tendencies of geo-ethno-political tensions within our region due to deep-seated disagreements over governance issues relating to service delivery, access to and control over resources, creation of ethinicised administrative units and political intolerance; We recognize the complexities involved in upholding the respect for human rights for all and the much needed efforts towards furthering human rights for all; We are cognizant of tendencies of some leaders, elders and the elite in socializing the youth to hate and perpetuate acts of conflict and violence; We are aware of continued delays by some political and cultural actors in our region to embrace dialogue, reconciliation and mutual respect;

 AS We Commemorate the International Day of Peace, We Call Upon Leaders and all people in the Rwenzori region to value the inter-ethnic diversities of our region and uphold the right of every ethnic group to live and work peacefully in any part of the Rwenzori region; Local and central governments to commit to efficient and effective service delivery for the common good; All leaders and the general public to uphold human rights for all; Leaders and elders to respect the youth and mobilize them into acts of promote nonviolence; All leaders to embrace dialogue, reconciliation and mutual respect.

Finally on this day, we commit to use our available resources to further values of peace, nonviolence and respect for human rights in our region and country; Engage those who propagate violence, conflict and human rights violations in our peace building, violence prevention and human rights work; Engage government, cultural and religious institutions as well as other actors to further peace, nonviolence and respect for human rights”

Gen. Salim Saleh addressing people at Boma- Fort Portal for international peace celebration

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NO PERSON IS FINE BUT SITUATIONS TEND TO BE FINE.


The community of Bubukwanga Sub County held a massive community meeting with the district leaders on 19th September 2018. The meeting was at Bubukwanga secondary school grounds. The meeting was attended by the CAO, RDC, district speaker, LCV, DPC, and DISO. Other was the representatives from Obundingiya Bwa Bwamba and Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu, LCIII chairperson, and many other local leaders in their different capacities.

community members presenting issues.
According the citizens challenges as were presented by Mr. Tibakunirwa Michael the LCI chairperson of the area, he mentioned that conflicts in the areas are looked at in an unequal distribution of resources, politics of favoring certain individuals and community.


 some leaders relating specifically with certain community and leaving others, radicalism among the youth a trait being forced to them by the leaders of cultural institutions basing on the environment and then the relationship between the security personal and the community especially when it come to arrests of suspects. 
Ill treatment, torture as well as segregate handling of conflicts make citizens loose trust in the security personnel thus taking matters into their own hands.

In responding to the matters raised during the discussing on conflicts and human rights violation in the community, the speaker hon. Bagambe Moses mentioned thus “each person should play his/her role either as a leaders or and as community member….no person is at peace when the neighbours house is on fire”.


Ms jesca from human rights commission mentioned that protection of life and property is the role of every citizens. Rights to life should not be tempered with in the pretence of defending cultural values. “Our problems should instead bind us together regardless of our cultural diversity”.

According to the DPC, citizens have misused their rights in engaging in actions that violate other people rights. He highlighted that youth are engaged in gambling and end up stealing or involved in crime, citizens are forced to confront the security personnel thus forcing the police and other sister security people to shoot at them. Shooting is first to scare but if the group is not scared then some force can be used to ensure calm is restored and the culprits brought to book.

It was agreed from the meeting that, community should continue reporting human rights violations and suspected occurrence of conflicts to police. Befriend the security people and report the correct information, avoid confront other people and the security, facilitate team work and invest in information sharing as key to improve human rights protection. Rev Bigumisa thanks the CSO for their role in unifying the different cultural faction though some radical leaders of institutions still exist.
members listening to the duty bearer on human right related violations at Bubukwanga ggrounds



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SCHOOL PEACE CLUBS ARE TRANSFORMING THE YOUTH ON CRITICAL THINKING.


Youth are considered as peacemakers and peace builders, or conversely, as troublemakers. They represent the future of the community. 78% of the Uganda population comprise of the youth and most of these youth are unemployed this pose a challenge to both the government, church and the entire community. In light of these youth in the school have been debating on role of the youth in peace process in bundibugyo district. 
peace clubs members of Kabango SS after discuion on role of youth in peace process

Debates had be conducted in the schools of Kabango, Bulambagira, three angels and Bubukwanga SS as well as youth out of school engaged in public discussions on how they can get involved in prevention of human rights violations.700 youth have been involved in these formal discussions.

It was realized that engaging youth in peace processes and socialization as peace builders early on is important. Bringing their perspective on the conflict as well as on how peace can be built, their experience and resources, not only help having access to a new set of knowledge but constitute an important experience of inclusion. It was revealed that the existence of supporting networks and communities by children themselves in those are that experienced bloodshed and a lot of human rights violations are key in healing process.
debating at Bubukwanga SS

It was learnt in the debates that discussion and interaction of children created supportive communities in time of need. Youth shared limited resources and created their own system of ideas governing the community. 

Youth provided each other with surrogate family and community, physical protection, and emotional support in ways that are also part of a peace building and human right protection.
debate clubs of Three angels and Bubukwanga schools

The youth called up their leader for proper guidance and encouragement, motivate them to work and provide platform that encourage participation in community decision making than simply talking about hatred and cultural values that are already segregating their friends. Relying on that experience and that potential in the peace building can be crucial not only for their own individual recovery but also for the benefit of their community.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

BUNDIBUGYO YOUTH FORM INTER-RELIGIOUS UNION ON PEACE AND CONFLICT ISSUES.


Bundibugyo is currently undergoing an intense debate about ethnicity manipulation and its implications for unity in the district. The trigger point for this conflict lies in the history of how the District was created in the manner the term 'tribe' or community or just reward without term during the Amin times. Today it may be was deployed by some citizens as a policy for 'divide and rule' in cocoa community and administering them beyond their ability to realize their worthiness in Uganda.
youth leaders from different religious institutions in sensitization meeting.
This was realized during the sensitization meetings for the youth from different religious institutions that was conducted by UNCIDA and MuSA the youth CBOs under community action to manage and prevent conflicts and human rights violations in the district. The institutions that were represented were the Catholics, Anglican church of Uganda, SDA, Pentecostal movements, Muslims and the Bisaka cult youth.
participants listening to each other during the open dialogue.
The 'tribe' is being used as a tool of mapping and controlling the population for exploitation and domination. The manner the 'divide and rule' policy being used is so intense that it is socialized in the consciousness of the youth political elite who will later became the rulers of post-conflict communities. 
This is the reason ethnic manipulation has become an important tool of political power and political control and political management of society in Uganda. The religious institutions have not been spared of these political manipulations; religious leaders have joined the war with state with ought knowing their mandate.
After intense discussion on the understanding the role of religious youth in the peace process, it was agreed that a union of all the Youth leaders from different denominations be formed and this was called “inter-religious youth council Bundibugyo chapter”. 
OC police bubukwanga sharing with inter religious youth
Leaders were selected among the participants and were given mandate to transverse the district sharing peace message among the youth. It was also agreed that religious leaders who are engaged in conflicts and human right violation should be brought to the book of shame by the joint action of the youth.
The meetings were also graced by some clan leaders and civil servants who too shared their experience working in a society where there is a lot of mistrust based on tribe and religious. They called on the youth to use the agreed platform towards unit

Saturday, September 8, 2018

RIC-NET ACTIVITIES FOR CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 21st SEPTEMBER 2018

Every year, Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace. 
Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” The selection of this theme is against the background that the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) does not include the right to peace as a separate Article. This non-inclusion, in face of intractable globalized and localized threats to peace calls for candid conversations on what the right to peace means to us, both in our local and shared settings.

In the context of Rwenzori region, threats to peace anchor on social, political and economic injustices linked to several interwoven factors including; the management, use of and access to land and other natural resources; governance deficits and the growing culture of political violence; cultural and political extremism in the context of cultural and political pluralism that characterizes the region; corruption and the diminishing culture of accountability and; inadequately tapped potential of women and youth to influence the peace agenda with their communities.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Rwenzori region have a long tradition of celebrating a peace week preceding September 21st. In this tradition, CSOs value the uniqueness of the region and the need to domesticate and localize the international day of peace celebrations. In line with this year’s international theme, CSOs propose to pay special attention to inter-ethnic collaboration in the pursuit of peace and reconciliation.

During the peace week, CSOs seek to achieve the following objectives
  1.  To raise public awareness on social and cultural rights in the Rwenzori region. 
  2. To generate consensus on the respect for social and cultural rights in the Rwenzori region
  3. To amplify voices of youth and women using media and other spaces as avenues for engaging with key regional stakeholders on the pursuit of inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation.
ACTIVITIES
  • Interactive and informative radio talk shows in the Rwenzori region
  • District-specific dialogues on matters pertaining to peace, governance, social accountability, land and natural resource management.
  • Dialogue meeting among  the  youth from Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR), Basongora, Banyabindi, Obukama bwa Tooro Kingdom, Obundighiya bwa Bwamba (OBB), security agencies and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MOGLSD).
  • peace caravan in Ntoroko District
  •  youth sports for peace football competition
  •  Civil society fair
  • inter-school peace gala to kick start the civil society fair
  • District Peace marathon 2018
  • Public celebration of the international day of peace

EXPECTED OUT PUTS
  1.         At least 1000 members of the public aware of social and cultural rights.
  2.      Generated consensus on at least one aspect of respect for social and cultural rights.
  3.     . At least 5 spaces created for women and the youth to interface leaders on aspects of interethnic dialogue and reconciliation.
  4.     At least 30 CSOs able to showcase their works to the public on aspects of good governance, transparency and accountability.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

BUNDIBUGYO YOUTH PROMOTE CO-EXISTENCE USING SPORTS.


August 2018 became a month of peace and building hope among the youth. With involvement of different Youth groups from greater Kasitu a tornament of football for peace was organized to create synergies how the youth can be interacting for co-existence. The sports events involved the youth both in and out of school, women and men from all cultural diversity in the district.


“our history dictate that we need activities that can unify us” after realizing the fruits the community is reaping from Bumate United, a community owned football club, the youth have moved a step towards developing other Bumate from among themselves With support from other partners and CSO.Sport has proven itself to be a useful tool in supporting conflict resolvers and peace builders.

The task of building on past and current successes in the field is something that youth and politicians are keen to do. The future goals of sport as a tool for peace building and conflict resolution are clear, “We need more networking to promote the positive impact of sport on community welfare, with better awareness of inspiring case studies, of which there are many. We need also to improve on lessons learned and good practice.”


According to Baguma Roberts one of the organizers from Ntandi, he mentioned that the events reduced crimes in the villages as most of the youth are engaging in preparation or come to cheer their teams, events promoted team work and unity, we promoted identity as people from same sub county as well we promoted talents and body physical fitness.
Other events that took place along sport and football for peace was, HIV testing and counseling, blood donation being supported by Red Cross and tree planting along the public institutions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ready to fend for ourselves after this training: conflict affected girls in Rwamwanja



Realizing the need to work together  with local CBOs to address needs of special interest groups especially conflict affect Girls affected by Conflict in Rwamwanja Settlement; RIC-NET signed partnership with Community Empowerment Agency-Kamwenge (CEA-Ka).

This partnership has seen in three years 45 (Forty five)  vulnerable / disabled  refuge girls acquire Vocational skills in areas of tailoring, computer skills, hairdressing and business management ; offered start up kits that led them to be self employed.


On 14th August 2018, RIC-NET graduated the last batch of  5 conflict affected girls completing the livelihood course, offered certificates and start up tools. this is the last batch because the funders Global fund for children (GFC) have shifted the budget to only those in schools and funding is phasing out in May 2019. 


In 2018/19, RIC-NET will continue supporting  35 conflict affected girls in schools   with psycho-social support, non school fees dues, scholastic and sanitary materials.
In 2018, the selected girls from Rwamwanja were as shown bellow.
SN
NAME
AGE
VILLAGE
VULNERABILITY STATUS
1
Uwaase Elizabeth
18
Mahani 2
Youth out of school and SGBV Survivor.
2
Mapendo Lear Gakuru  baziyaka
429-12HO1531
19
Base camp  2

Youth out of School heading a family of three  young Siblings .
All parents dead. The children under her care are four in Number.
3
Uwiringiye  Perusi
429-12HO2836
18
Mahani 1

SGBV Survivor and has no source of Livelihood. School dropout. She was raped twice. Once by rebels in DRC and here by  fellow refugees. Takes care of four siblings under her care.
4
Jeanate Bahiyi.
766-00056750

22
Kaihora D

Single mother, survivor of SGBV .She has no source of livelihood. She has seven children. One is  a fostered child. She has a husband who was beaten severely and shot bullets and insane.
5
Providance  Nyirarukundo
429-12h02252

22
Nkoma
Grew as an orphan, SGBV Survivor and has no source of livelihood. She is in charge of 6 children .The husband abandoned her and went to unknown place
6
Mujawimaana Elizabeth
18
Basecamp  1
Grown in Rwamwanja Settlement as unaccompanied child. Fostered as her all parents died in Congo war
7
Noela Samvura
19
Wijagahe
Vulnerable youth at risk who grew under foster ship as her all parents died during the war.
8
NyiramutuzoAngelick
18
Mikole
All parents died and survivor of SGBV
09
Sara Muhire
22
Kaihora
School dropout, survivor of SGBV.
10
Penina Alliance
21
Nkoma A
Single mother, survivor of SGBV and has no source of livelihood.

The above undergone vocational skills training for 8 Months from August 2017 to End of April 2018. The training  covered  areas including  Business management ,reproductive health; communication, child feeding/ nutrition etc. This was to help them  effectively pass through the competitive world.


During the training continuous assessment both practical and theoretical was done on monthly basis to assess the level of the skills acquired and how they could put it to use. The best performing students were as shown below.

NAME THEORY PRACTICAL BUSINESS SKILLS Totals
Jeanate Bahiyi. 85 95 75 255
Providance   Nyirarukundo 80 90 68 238
Penina  Alliance 70 85 70 225
Sara Muhire 60 85 70 215
Mapendo Lear  65 70 55 190



Saturday, August 4, 2018

PEACE WEEK 2018 "Talk Peace , Live Peace"

Bundibugyo youth celebrated the  PEACE WEEK 20I8  with climax on 4th august 2018 at Bundibugyo Boma Ground  under the them "Talk Peace , Live Peace"  Bundibugyo Students Association (BUSA) to lead in organizing the function with support from RIC-NET and other NGOs. The Peace week’s events involved, inter school debate, Peace marathon, tree planting and youth dialogue with district leaders. 




During the dialogue and debate that was held at RDC’s hall and library hall respectively, it was noted that Youth across still face major difficulties in the realms of access to quality education, employment, health and effective participation in decision-making processes. Poverty and social exclusion have led young people to migrate from rural to urban areas, in search of better opportunities and livelihoods. Evidence abounds to show that dissatisfied youth, unlike older persons, can be a socially destabilizing force, as witnessed by attacks on the army installations if Kanyamwirima


Hon Jane on the right
According the Hon Jane, the former Mp bundibugyo district, she noted that the Young people play as positive role in preventing and countering violent extremism, and conflicts if handled properly. 

The youth should exploit established special programmes aimed at generating employment through skills development and entrepreneurship. In order to realize full advantage of a bustling youth population and to ensure future prosperity, heavy investment is required in the fields of education, health and employment. Skills-based education is the most potent weapons against unemployment


Therefore, to be able to address issues of violence and build lasting peace it’s imperative that we focus on proactive measures that create inclusive and enabling environments for youth to be able to prosper and achieve their dreams and ambitions.

We should Promotes a culture of peace tolerance, intercultural and inter religious dialogue that involves all the peace actors and community.

The chairperson BUSA advised the gathering that “it is our generational responsibility to get involved and safeguard our future interests that are threatened by the effects of violent conflicts. Our numbers, dynamism and interconnectedness through the various social networks are our greatest assets in challenging violent conflicts.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

promote peaceful co-existence around the world

"The practice by Western powers to forcibly impose their ideas and choices on developing countries is a threat to world peace" said President Museveni said at the Global Peace Leadership Foundation conference in Munyonyo Kampala
Later he was  awarded the 2018 Global Peace Award in honour of his leading peace efforts and initiatives in the Great Lakes region and beyond .

This was at the three-day conference under the theme “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Sustainable Peace and Development,” which ended on 3rd August 2018  organised by US-based interfaith NGO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF). The three days conference  attracted the participation of various heads of state, religious leaders, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, youth, innovators, women, community organisers, development partners, celebrities, teachers, policy makers, media, environmentalists and civil society organisations had far reaching impact on the advocacy for peace from United States, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Tanzania,  Kenya, Burundi, DRC Congo, Somalia and Uganda under the theme, “Moral and innovative leadership: new models for sustainable peace and development"RIC-NET was represented to the conference by the Executive Director M John Silco.
  

 President Yoweri Museveni, former President  Zanzibar Dr. Amani Abeid Karume, South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai , Burundian Vice President Gaston Sindimwo, Dr Hyun Jin Preston Moon- overall founder and Global President Global Peace Foundation , Mr Mukesh- chairperson of Global Peace Leadership Foundation , Dr Robert Anthony Schuller- American televangelist,  Dr. Augustine Mahiga-Tanzania’s Prime minister;  Mr. Eugene Wamalwa- Kenya’s Cabinet secretary for Devolution  made moving speeches at the conference on peace building. 

Mr Mukesh the proprietor of Shumuk Group  siad “The moral to do business across the globe relies entirely on the peace situation at hand, you simply cannot do business or attract investments to a volatile region, we all know this and those are some of the issues we shall be brain-storming on and sharing thoughts about in our business forum at the conference,among others”.
Dr Rugunda the Prime Minister of Uganda said a harmonious agreement on new models for sustainable peace and development from the conference deliberations is key to guaranteeing a safe and prosperous future for the region. “As you aware, amid great development potential, the Great Lakes region has for many decades been characterised by identity-based conflicts, violent extremism and a refugee crisis. I would like to thank the leaders in the region and international community for standing with us and supporting us in our quest to resolve these conflicts,” he added.
The GPF offered President Museveni a global peace leadership award for his “tireless contribution” to peace efforts both at home and in the region.


Resolutions:

 The Global Peace Foundation, following yesterday’s deliberations, generated a six-point declaration detailing mechanisms for conflict resolution and sustainable peace. The declaration was signed by President Museveni, GPF’s chairman Dr Hyun Jin Moon and President Karume, and will feed into the subsequent summit due in South Korea next March.