By Eric Birori
On Saturday, 28th October 2017, Never Again Rwanda through Inzira Nziza project launched a campaign entitled “Birandeba” to develop and consolidate partnership between young people, society and local leaders. The compaign kicked off with community work done by youth beneficiaries of Inzira Nziza project which had followed by a joint dialogue between youth, community members and local leaders.
In his remarks, The Director of Programs at Never Again Rwanda, Eric Mahoro, said adults should avoid attitudes that hinder youth to actively participate in decision making processes.
“Adults should begin to break down barriers and learn to listen to young people. When youth are given a platform to share their ideas this is one way of empowering to become active citizens in their communities” he said.
Inzira Nziza youth coordinator at Nyanza sector, Enias, called upon the youth to build partnerships with various stakeholders the experts as a means to enhance their abilities to participate in decision making processes with adults support.
“Young people need to know how politics at different levels works and how democratic decision-making processes operate”. Enias said
Birandeba campaign will be constituted by different activities including meet the parliamentarian dialogues, radio shows, youth competition among other programs that will helps youth to participate and to experience having influence on political decisions which affects them.
During this week long campaign, youth beneficiaries of Inzira Nziza project will present to their communities, their commitments that came out Inzira Nziza youth training in different districts.
Inzira Nziza is a two years project funded by USAID Rwanda, implemented by Never Again Rwanda in 5 districts (Nyamagabe, Gisagara ,Huye, Nyabihu and Ngororero). The overarching project goal is to contribute to the promotion of peaceful dialogue and democratic values through human rights based approaches and influence their understanding on the rights of the most vulnerable groups in Rwanda.