Youth Learned about Peace Building in Uganda!
Through the month of July 2017, 5 Alberta youth had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with ACGC to visit partner organizations of the Mennonite Central Committee of Alberta. The two week visit saw youth travel over 2000km across the country, learning about the various efforts local organizations do to promote peace and build healthy lives in their regions. Over the course of 2017, the youth will share their experiences, while taking action to improve their communities. The five youth participants include:
Rebeca Munoz Ortiz – Edmonton
Andy Lee – Edmonton
Alisha Goosney – Fort McMurray
Aidan Sander – Lethbridge
Iman Kassam – Calgary
Read our BLOG to hear from the youth and watch their videos!
About our Program Host: Mennonite Central Committee
ACGC is pleased to have the Mennonite Central Committee Alberta (MCC) host our 2017 Change Your World Alberta Youth Leadership Program in Alberta and Uganda!
The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a global organization working in relief, development, and peace, is an active ACGC member, and a member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC). Rooted in the Anabaptist tradition, MCC began in 1920 and now works in over 50 countries through local partnerships. MCC’s international work focuses on sustainable agriculture, health, education, peacebuilding, and humanitarian relief.
Along with other provincial and national offices, MCC Alberta supports the international work of MCC through fundraising and raising awareness while also coordinating provincial programs. MCC Alberta coordinates refugee sponsorship, restorative justice, peace and youth, and indigenous neighbours programs.
MCC began work in Uganda in 1979 after the overthrow of Idi Amin. Uganda’s post-independence history is marred by the violent insecurity of successive political regimes, which saw millions of Ugandans killed in the on-going decades. In the beginning, MCC focused on short-term reconstruction efforts working alongside local churches in the areas of relief aid and rebuilding. When the war in the North started in the late 1980s, MCC shifted its focus towards providing relief and supporting peace efforts in Northern Uganda. At the height of the war, between 1996 and 2006, MCC supported church efforts in brokering peace between the LRA and Government forces while simultaneously providing relief and psycho-social support to the people of Northern Uganda.
MCC’s recent efforts have focused on supporting partners in the areas of peacebuilding, reconciliation and development, seeing peace as the foundation for sustainable development. MCC Uganda currently supports 17 partners in projects across four different sectors including Health, Education, Peace and Food Security. MCC local partners are drawn from different backgrounds including faith based organizations, interfaith organizations and community based organizations.
About the Change Your World Leadership Program
The Change Your World Youth Leadership Program is a free, 10-month intensive learning opportunity for 5 Alberta youth in Grades 10-11 interested in critically thinking and learning about community development in Alberta and Uganda, sharing their learning with others, and taking action! The 2017 program will particularly focus on the importance of building and maintaining peace in communities.
The program has three stages:
In the LEARN stage, youth will participate in two months of intensive study before spending two weeks visiting projects supported by MCC and other Alberta-based organizations in Uganda. Youth will be listeners and learners while in Uganda, interacting with community partners, hearing their stories, and documenting their experience through photos and film.
Upon return, youth will begin to SHARE their experiences, through running their own engagement campaign. ACGC will assist youth in sharing their stories in a variety of ways, through public presentations, social media, photos, blogs and film.
Finally, in order to truly make an impact and apply their knowledge, youth will ACT by carrying out a peacebuilding project in their school or community on an issue inspired by their experience, documenting their experiences along the way!
I would like more information. Who do I contact?
You can contact 780-988-0200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Change Your World Tours
To date, ACGC has successfully completed 4 Change Your World Tours, each in collaboration with an ACGC member who acted as the host for the tour.
- 2010: Ethiopia with Canadian Humanitarian
- 2012: Peru with Sombrilla International Development Society
- 2013: Nicaragua with Change for Children Association
- 2015: South Africa with Keiskamma Canada Foundation
Watch videos and earn about the previous Change Your World Tours.