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Responsible Citizenship as Foundation of Peace


Images from the workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi on Ocotber 24, 2014
 

On the 24th October 2014 Globethics.net East Africa organised a workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi on the theme, ‘Responsible Citizenship as Foundation of Peace.' The venue of the one day event was Conference Hall L'HIBISCUS. This workshop was very well attended by about 65 participants majority of whom were youth affiliated to different political parties. There were also youth working in different Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and government ministry departments especially the ministry for youth, sports and culture. The event started at 8:30am with an opening speech delivered by the Permanent Secretary ministry of youth, sports and culture. The first presentation was made by Herbert Makinda the Programme Executive (PE) Globethics.net East Africa. The PE talked about the mission, vision and core values of Globethics.net. He went on to talk about how new participants can register and why it is important that many more new participants should register from Burundi. He concluded by encouraging all participants to actively participate in the sessions of the day.

The second presentation done by Prof. Siméon BARUMWETE was on Democracy, its Stakes, its Foundations and Requirements. The presenter traced the origins of democratic leadership and pointed out the developments of democratic processes in Burundi. He concluded by challenging the youth to actively participate in the process by realising that there is need to accommodate other people's opinions in a democracy. Zénon MANIRAKIZA also presented on the BASHINGANTAHE Values and Responsible Citizenship. The third presentation was on Positive Communication by Prof. Barbara NDIMURUKUNDO-KURURU and finally Jean Bosco NDAYISHIMIYE presented on Non-Violent Resolution of Conflicts based on his PhD dissertation.

During the interactive session the youth voiced their gratitude that Globethics.net had organised such an event and many of them expressed that they had never thought that there could ever be a forum where members of different political affiliation would sit together and deliberate on leadership and agree. They urged the organisers to plan another event so that they can ask their political party leaders to attend. The youth from different factions of the political parties ended up shaking hands and promising to work together to ensure peace prevails before, during and after elections.