Dear Members and Friends of the GNRC,

Over the last three months, the world has been stunned by anxiety as it witnesses the growing pandemic caused by the coronavirus. We are now shaken by the reality that the next months will be challenging for everyone. The impact on socio-economic conditions globally is unimaginable.

Under the banner “Values of our Faith: How Best to Relate with Each Other,” GNRC–South Africa held a robust workshop on 26th January 2020 for experts focusing on children and youth development. The Curries Fountain boardroom in Durban played host to the workshop that kicked off with remarks by GNRC Coordinator for South Africa, Ms Saydoon Nisa Sayed.


Under the Family Resilience Project, Arigatou International–Nairobi in partnership with Global Community Resilience Fund (GCERF), the Goldin Institute, Islamic Foundation Kenya, the Nation Media Group and other partners supported teachers and community women leaders to conduct several community forums with school children and youth in the month of February 2020. The forums discussed issues of radicalization and violent extremism as a concern to sustainable peace and development. The events were conducted in Pumwani, Nairobi and Kisauni, Mombasa counties of Kenya. 2,530 youth and children participated in the workshops including 421 teachers, faith leaders, parents and local leaders.

Arigatou International–Nairobi and its partners have established a Working Group on Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime in the Greater Horn of Africa. Various programs implemented with the support and coordination of Arigatou International’s initiatives – Global Network of Religions for Children and Ending Child Poverty, as well as GNRC Members and partners, have since the GNRC 5th Forum been focusing on the Panama Commitments. Some fo the programs include Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) and Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism (CRAVE), Familiy Resilience, Regional Peace Program, Social Cohesion and Freedom of Religion and Belief among others.

The emergence of the internet has broadened accessibility to information and revolutionized networks and communication spaces. Today it has become part and parcel of our lives. The exponential rise in the use of social media and digital technology exposes young people to many risks.