Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) organised a 4-day advanced training workshop on ‘Young leaders for peace’ in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan.
The workshop provided an opportunity to young leaders coming from conflict-affected areas to understand the dynamics of conflict and get trained on peace-building measures to work for peace in the society.
Participants encouraged youth to work with local government officials and decision makers.
It was a continuation of series of workshops taking place under the ‘Promotion of dialogue on peace building through media and youth mobilisation.’ After successful training, the participants would work in the field and conduct district level dialogue forums to establish peace in their respective areas.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed from PML-N in his address called for including youth in decision-making within the state structure. He advised the young leaders to organise themselves to initiate process of peace building in their regions.
SFCG Country Director Ammara Durrani said that Pakistan Peace Initiative sought to promote a participatory environment that stimulates information flow, nurtures youth involvement for proactive conflict mitigation, and reconciliation initiatives in Pakistan. Our youth have energy, potential and strength, which are key abilities needed to play the role of peace-builders in society, she said.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri termed youth as the future hope for Pakistan. He informed the participants about new development discourse where emphases is now shifting toward local knowledge and actions and advised them to play active role in development of their respective communities.Ms Durrani distributed certificates amongst the participants at the concluded session of the workshop.