|Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM|
The American University of Nigeria (AUN) will host a peace and development conference on Wednesday June 11, 2014. The conference aims to chart new paths to increased access to education, better security, and youth employment.
The 1st AUN-API International Peace & Development Conference is being promoted by the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative (API). This is an organization of community, religious, and business leaders partnering with AUN in peace building and educational development in the conflicted region. The conference will be drawing over 100 participants from civil society groups, security organizations, academia, and other key stakeholder groups.
Several major highlights of the conference will be the presentation of certificates to 260 young women and men who recently graduated from the University’s free ICT (Information and Communications Technology) training program for at-risk youth in Adamawa State. Since its inception, this program has provided training to more than 2,000 local youth. In addition, the conference participants will hold a town hall meeting with 50 local youth to discuss their needs and concerns, and visit the local village of Bole to meet with internally displaced people and distribute food and seeds.
Discussants at the three-day conference, which will take place at the University’s ultra-modern Dr. Robert A. Pastor Library and e-Resource Center, are expected to offer new strategies and solutions for security programs that can guarantee peace and security, especially in the North East. The conference will be considering what support or reforms are needed in Nigeria, the role of religious leaders in conflict resolution and promoting understanding and tolerance, and how education and gender equity can promote peace and development.
Other topics slated for discussion include the contribution of good governance and democracy to accountability, peace, employment and development, and the role of the national media in promoting alternative viewpoints and galvanizing citizens towards national development.
The American University of Nigeria, Africa’s first Development University, through the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative, has launched numerous educational programs for girls and women and, youth empowerment schemes in the community. The University has also taken an active role in donating relief materials to internally displaced persons fleeing from violent attacks in nearby Borno and Yobe states.