Theme (i) ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
KATWE SKILLS CENTER
UMYDF-Katwe Skills Center is a project of UMYDF’s multifaceted program; “Preventing Violence Extremism through Education, Nurturing for Peace.” The center was established with an objective of enhancing vocational skills and providing positive alternatives to ate risk youth.
The center has so far had 2 admission intakes in the year 2018, and over 90 youth successfully completing their studies and graduated successfully.
SKILLS ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM FOR IMAMS
In partnership with the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), SEPI is one of the programs that highly targets the religious leaders who are selected to take part on a six month training series on religious pluralism, diversity, tolerance, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, human rights and social media thus preventing violent extremism.
BUSINESS 4 PEACE PROGRAM
Business for Peace is a one of the most engaging UMYDF program that focuses on training youth from selected at-risk areas of Kampala and Wakiso districts. As a means of Empowering and equipping the youth with the right skills in business selection and management to enable them start small businesses that will generate them incomes, hence strengthening their resilience to violent extremism.
MADRASA TUTORS ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Is a program designed to support the teaching and learning of Madrasa Tutors for Mosque based Madrasa’s or supplementary schools that seeks to support and nature the student learning experience and has a very clear focus on Protecting children and young people in their care from harm through a robust approach to safeguarding. The program also incorporates the latest Islamic education curriculum, safeguarding principals, management, operational and procedural frame works to support Mosque, Madrasa and School staff to run the educational center. As a means of contributing to improved quality education through better trained teachers, improved learning resources and effective quality assurance system.
THEME (I): PEACE BUILDING & CONFLICT RESOLUTION
PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM THROUGH EDUCATION
The PVE through education is a program that focuses particularly on the role of education in preventing of violence and violent extremism. The program is also aimed at providing the students with the right knowledge and skills in peace building and conflict management especially among the youth in schools because it’s prudent to “catch them when they are still young.
The School-based program contains 2 core components, which are as follows:
High School Peace Clubs
Impacting over 8000 people, the program introduces youth in secondary schools to key concepts and skills in conflict management and peace building- helping to create a new breed of peace Ambassadors. The program is designed to deliver a dual Education and Training curriculum including locally led Participatory Action Research for Peace Building and Preventing Violent Extremism.
Participatory Action Research (A student led research on their own situations)
Is a research training program designed to use active and participatory learning methods to engage young people in schools. The training program holds a tremendous potential for providing the means by which students can initiate inquiry, develop skills and provide recommendations that will help address some of the challenges the youth face as well as inspire students to reflect on their role as leaders and peace builders in their communities.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP
The leadership Camp is a platform created for Youth to connect, reflect and engage on the most painful and divisive issues of our time, sharing their personal experiences, reflecting on competing narratives, and challenging each other’s prejudices. Through dialogue, young people also get to reflect on their identities and gained insights in to the dynamics that perpetuate conflict, laying the ground work necessary for exploring and addressing these dynamics through local peace programs once they return to their communities.
EQUIPPING EDUCATORS FOR PVE
In order to equip and re-energize Educators with knowledge and skills in peace, conflict management and PAR, the program is aimed at building on their foundation as well as further enhancing the knowledge and skills capacity of the Educators to enable them take full charge of the process of administration, operating, promoting and sustaining peace clubs.
ANNUAL PEACE SUMMIT
The International day of peace provides a globally shared date for UMYDF to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds in celebration, reflection, and renewal of their commitments to peace. Held in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace , the Annual Peace summit is one of UMYDF’s activities under “Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: Nurturing for peace” program . Focused on students in peace clubs within partner secondary schools, The purpose of the program is to strengthen individual and community resilience to violent extremism and Increasing access to quality and relevant conflict-sensitive information and education.
THEME (IV): COUNTER ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES PROGRAM
COUNTERING ONLINE HATE SPEECH
Is a program designed to focus on young people combating hate speech online by inspiring youth to positively speak out on their challenges especially those who have been exposed to violence in all its forms, as a means to support and enhance the positive role of young people, Amani Leo ( a Swahili word meaning ‘Peace Today’) is a powerful example of an online platform designed to counter online hate speech through creating a basis for the young people to dialogue , network and build relationships through different avenues.
Afrika Moja – an umbrella platform for civil society organizations in the Horn and Eastern Africa region that implement campaigns aimed at countering violent extremism in the region. The objective of the platform is to challenge the current violent extremist narratives, promote local voices, and highlight success stories inspiring communities.
UNDP PVE APP AND COUNTER NARRATIVES TOOLKIT FOR EAST AND WEST OF AFRICA
With the growing need to understand strategic communication in preventing or dissuading people, especially those at risk, from joining violent extremist groups, as well as the growing threat of violent
extremism and terrorism on the African continent, responses to these threats have warranted the need for community-based interventions. One such key intervention is the engagement of media and alternative messaging to build cohesion, foster partnerships and provide alternative narratives as a preventative as well as a remedial measure.
THEME (V): RESEARCH
YOUTH AND PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (PAR) PROGRAM
PAR projects put youth at the center of change, as it builds their capacity to gather information, analyze, and generate practical and applied solutions which are driven by their school and community needs and aspirations. With a goal of increasing the leadership abilities of young people to work as peace builders in their communities and schools,
CAN FATHERS CHALLENGE EXTREMISM?
While parental roles in Preventing/ Countering Violent Extremism haven’t received much attention from Researchers, and Practioners, the little existing efforts have focused more on the role of mothers. This study examines the Violence Prevention Potential of East African fathers, fathers’
perceptions of their safeguarding responsibility, their experiences with radicalization, and barriers to realizing their prevention potential.
VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN EASTERN UGANDA: MAPPING AT-RISK GROUPS VIS-À-VIS COMMUNITY INFLUENCERS AND ASSESSING THEIR VULNERABILITY TO VIOLENT EXTREMISM.
The RESOLVE Network ranks Uganda among the top ten countries most
underrepresented in violent extremism (VE) research when compared to the level of intrastate violence. To close this gap, the above research aimed to Identify at-risk populations and understand why certain individuals or communities are at risk of VE, and which PVE interventions or influencers may be most effective. The research also sought to better understand the general dynamics of VE in order to better inform CSO activities and coordination.
THEME (VI): POLICY ADVOCACY AND ENGAGEMENT
VALIDATING THE IGAD REGIONAL STRATEGY FOR PREVENTING AND COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum represented Ugandan CSOs working in P/CVE in a High-Level Meeting that validated the IGAD Regional Strategy for P/CVE. In light of the complex terrain of Violent Extremism, the strategy stresses the need for a long-term view of the efforts to neutralize violent extremism, and provides a comprehensive regional framework for the coordination of regional engagement; creating platforms for cooperation and coordination among regional states; generating and sharing research perspectives to better understand the drivers of violent extremism, mobilize effective interventions and inform evidence-driven policy and action; and to strengthen the capacity of regional governments and non-state actors to reject and resist radicalization to violence.
The overall objective of the regional strategy is to enhance the collective capacity of regional actors to prevent and counter violent extremism.
NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PREVENT AND COUNTER VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN UGANDA
Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum staff have been extensively engaged in consultations conducted by the National Technical Committee drafting the country’s P/CVE Strategy. The strategy considers a “Whole of government”, and “Whole of Society” approach to P/CVE and is aimed at providing a national pathway to responding and changing conditions driving VE.