On Saturday, June 9, 2018, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation (NEEDCSI), in partnership with Peace Initiative Network (PIN), hosted the Plateau Stakeholders Peacebuilding Assembly and Presentation of Sewing Machines to Trainees of our Vocational/Skills Empowerment Program, at the Ganaka Auditorium, Pastoral Center Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Twenty (20) Christian and Muslim Women, who successfully completed our 3-months Vocational and Livelihood Skills Training program, received Certificate of Completion and a brand new Butterfly Sewing Machine each, during a colorful ceremony
This is part of a year-long “Strengthening Community Resilience and Engaging Relevant Stakeholders in the Prevention of Violence and Recruitment to Extremists Groups in Northern Nigeria”. Your School was chosen for this project, based on your track record of hardwork, dedication and commitment to academic excellence and total wellbeing of young people and their communities.
This project is a result of the Northern Nigeria Peace Exchange organized in July 2016 by Peace Direct in collaboration with Peace Initiative Network (PIN) in Kano, Nigeria, which brought together seventeen (17) Local Peacebuilding Actors and revealed several missing links in issues related to peacebuilding and local actions. Through this Project, we have established and are supporting Peace Education Club (PEC) Secondary Schools in Plateau State. The monthly Plateau Stakeholders Peacebuilding Assembly is a platform where key stakeholders and gatekeepers (State and non-state actors) in Plateau State, shall assemble to dialogue as brothers and sisters on “living without wars” as we shall present “Lessons for Peace in Nigeria”. Through this, we hope to promote and create an atmosphere of dialogue and such shall serve as a unifying symbol of peace in these turbulent times in Northern Nigeria.
New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation is on a mission to establish cross-cultural leadership teams of young women and men, with skills that will help them emerge from dysfunctional families and a drug-influenced life on the streets, to become peer-leaders and agents of peace capable of helping themselves and influencing their communities for good.