Haruna Salim Mbusa completes Rotary Positive Peace Activator (RPPA) Training.
We are excited to announce that one of our volunteers, Haruna Salim Mbusa, has completed training as a Rotary Positive Peace Activator (RPPA) having undergone the Rotary Positive Peace Activator Program – East Africa Cohort which was hosted at the Makerere University Rotary Peace Center from 1 – 5 September 2022.
The training brought together 40 Positive Peace Activators, drawn from over 15 African countries, selected through a very competitive application process. Salim was among the only 4 Ugandans shortlisted. This program is implemented by Rotary International’s strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the leading global think-tank on peace research, to provide peace education tools and support.
This training equipped the Activators with knowledge of a concept called “Positive Peace,” which refers to the attitudes, institutions and structures of peaceful societies. It establishes that peace requires more than just an absence of violence but thrives when a community has a supportive social system in which citizens have access to needed services, good governance, a business can thrive, and respect for the rights of others. Among other things, the training focused on the eight Pillars of Positive Peace Framework – which provide a unique structure to:
- View peace as a process, not a system, versus a product or result.
- Build capacity in how people think about peace and development; and,
- Provide educational resources to move peace-building initiatives forward.
Following the training, Salim will serve a two-year commitment which involves:
- We are actively reaching out to local/regional/national Rotarians and Rotaractors to offer presentations, workshops, training or project support on Positive Peace.
- Conducting at least three educational actions per year (e.g., presentations, workshops, training, or other strategic interventions).
- Participating in a cohort or global “community of practice” sessions over the two years following the training.
- Designing projects incorporating the eight pillars of positive peace into the Rotary areas of focus and sharing them with Rotary clubs / local civil society organisations for implementation.
- Mobilising youth and other community groups for mentorship sessions to be able to design projects and activities that promote the positive peace concept in their communities.
- He is also asked to be available to serve on Rotary District (peace-related) committees and other avenues.