By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) programme of Mercy Corps Nigeria, on Tuesday, 2nd of February 2021, kicked off the second set of its Parenting for Peace: Training of Trainers workshop in Kaduna State.
The workshop is designed to equip parents and youth influencers with skills to aid prompt identification of violent extremist ideologies and address the risk factors for recruitment by violent extremist groups which will increase the use of positive parenting methods to build resilience to violent extremist ideologies.
The 3-day ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop, which started off in Kano State in 2020, is holding on the 2nd to 4th of February, 2021 in Kaduna State, in partnership with the state Ministry for Women Affairs.
The workshop was flagged off by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, and is featuring interreligious experts and facilitators who will teach participants from high-risk environments how to identify key drivers and signs of radicalization, understand motivations behind violent extremism, how to prevent and counter violent extremism, and the role of family in preventing violent extremism in the community.
Mr. Maurice Amollo; CIPP Chief of Party at Mercy Corps Nigeria said that “At Mercy Corps, we understand the influence of parents and young role models on impressionable teens and preteens, so this training will teach effective strategies for identifying signs and preventing violent extremism in children and young adults.
“The sustainability of this initiative is also critical as trainees are expected to step down these trainings to their peers within their various communities.”
The Parenting for Peace training workshops will take place in four (4) states in the North Central and North West regions; Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Kogi states, which make up four out of their six key implementing states.
Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) is a peacebuilding programme that seeks to improve local capacity and skills to manage disputes, strengthen women’s capacities to prevent and resolve conflict, increase collaboration among communities with government agencies, CSOs, and local leaders to address root causes of conflict, and develop strengthened and more sustainable Early Warning and Early Response mechanisms. CIPP is being implemented across six states in North Central and North West (Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi and Plateau states).
CIPP is supported by USAID and implemented through a consortium, led by Mercy Corps that includes African Radio Drama Association (ARDA), Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Pastoral Resolve (PARE), and Savannah Center for Diplomacy Democracy & Development (SCDDD).
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