Children and Youth as Peacemakers

Violence results not only in poverty but also creates more violence. This vicious circle of violence and impunity transforms many vulnerable groups into agents that replicate abuse and mistreatment from one generation to another, thereby causing unemployment, economic downturns and instability. Violence has a devastating impact on a poor person’s struggle from poverty, seriously undermines economic development in poor countries, and directly reduces the effectiveness of poverty alleviation.

Violence suffered by children and other vulnerable groups, translates into impunity because a large proportion of people have limited or no access to justice. Impunity with foundations in poor justice is one of the major drivers of poverty, because long exposure to a violent environment prevents otherwise perfectly healthy children from gaining access to economic and social opportunities that may help them escape from the poverty trap.

Ending Violence against children is one of the most important investment we can make – Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania.

In many instances, children offer the very impetus for building lasting peace and thereby curbing childhood poverty. Children are capable of reaching their peers in ways that adults cannot. Young people have tools and resources available to them, which grow their communication, networking and connectivity capability. Children express mobility, adapatability to new ideas, creativity and a willingness to try solutions that can transform society, furthermore they form the largest percentage of the population in most nations as religious communities, working together with young people and building our collective capacities towards peace building and transforming conflicts, will ensure that we move closer to reaching the objective of ending child poverty.

Share your planned activities you and your community are undertaking in creating a peaceful world for the children in marking the International Day of Peace on 21 September, 2017

Find out how The Global Network of Religions for Children Tanzania, is making a difference in childrens lives in building a sustainable peaceful environment for children here.  

Nepal IDEP 2016

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