iBuild Africa organization offers emerging leaders a second to none opportunity to join a network of peacebuilders and ambassadors that work to spread peace in our young African continent and get engaged in the peace-building process. The Peace, not Pieces Fellowship is an online program intended for aspiring African youth to deepen their understanding of peace and to contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Africans in their respective countries and abroad.
Over the course of two months, with the guidance of mentors and coaches, each fellow will gain considerable practical skills revolving around themes of peace activism, hate speech, violent extremism, co-existence and youth challenges in promoting peace and security. The program will help each individual through a series of online lectures, engaging discussions, assignments, and peer-to-peer learning and collaboration, take an innovative peace-building approach from idea to implementation.
This two-month experience is a lifelong commitment to becoming a skilled peacemaker and to advancing the movement of peace-building to build a world that works for all of us and for generations to come. Fellows are mentored by a team of leaders and peace practitioners coming from diverse backgrounds and whose aim is to establish a relationship of support, exchange, and learning. The main aim of the program is to provide all peace lovers in our young continent with the necessary frameworks and knowledge that will help them deepen their understanding of peace and ways to approach violence in their respective communities. Upon graduation, Fellows join a network of peace ambassadors, where they connect with and support each other while continuing to advance their leadership journeys.
The first cohort of the program has witnessed the successful participation of 31 fellows hailing from different nationalities from all over the African continent. These lucky participants have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about topics revolving around peacebuilding, conflict resolution/transformation, human security, empathic speech, peace activism, etc. The participants were equipped with a number of tools and instruments in order to help them forge their own definition of peace. Fellows were also encouraged to come up with their own ideas on how to effectively disseminate peace all across our continent. Such ideas would be later translated into projects which are then implemented into their respective communities.
Distribution of participants
Participants of the first cohort hailed from a number of African countries including Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi, Liberia, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Congo, Tanzania, and the Central African Republic.
The Peace not Pieces fellowship program is designed to make use of all available social media platforms. Hence, most of its main communications take place through the use of its private Facebook group where assignments, lectures, articles, and any necessary material are shared. Through social media, fellows are able to keep close contact with their respective mentors as well as undertake most of the activities that the fellowship necessitates. The fellowship uses emailing services along with other media platforms in order to better inform the participant of any upcoming updates or details concerning future activities.
- Africans living in or out of the African continent.
- Candidates must be between 18 and 35.
- Candidates need to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the program.
- Demonstrated previous or current leadership in youth work and activism.
- Highly motivated to work in the peacebuilding field.
- Devoted to nurture his peers by peace and self-development tools.
- Work towards countering violence and expanding good values.
- Willingness to share the vision and commitment for a follow-up strategy.
Upon completion of the program, successful fellows will receive a certificate and be qualified as Peace Ambassadors.
The Peace Not Pieces Fellowship selects candidates based on their level of civic engagement, their areas of interest, and their values, such as a commitment to finding common ground, and a thirst for learning. The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. Participants with a rich profile in peace-building or a previous leadership experience in youth work and activism will be given precedence.