THE ROTARY POSITIVE PEACE ACTIVATOR PROGRAM – EAST AFRICA COHORT

THE ROTARY POSITIVE PEACE ACTIVATOR PROGRAM – EAST AFRICA COHORT

THE ROTARY POSITIVE PEACE ACTIVATOR PROGRAM – EAST AFRICA COHORT

Haruna Salim Mbusa completes Rotary Positive Peace Activator (RPPA) Training.

Haruna Salim Mbusa at the 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.

Participants selected to participate in the training pose for a group photo.

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.
Participants pose for a photo with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University and the President of Rotary International.

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.