Thursday, January 28, 2010- The day started for the participants with a meditation walk, before they all joined together to remember the things they learned yesterday and to get briefed about today’s program. After this, the participants split in to groups, such as yesterday: Youth and Youth Leaders.
Throughout the morning, the Youth looked deeper into the problematic violence causes and how to deal with them, or, more important, how to prevent violence: “What are those non-violent alternatives that we can use to make a difference in our societies?” After discussing this topic, the participants experienced a ‘violent’ situation themselves during a role-play. They all got handed out ‘passports’ and arrived at an airport, where all of them had to pass the immigration officer. While some of the youth had no problem to pass the control and got treaded in a very polite way, some were not let through without being given any reasons and were shouted at. After this experience they shared their feelings about it – not only how they experienced their own situation but also what they felt while looking how the other group got treated.
The Youth Leaders spent the morning with learning more about their role as Youth Leader: They shared their experiences of their work they do at home and shared ideas for activities and solutions for problems. By hearing about the other’s experiences the not only got new ideas how they can work as Youth Leaders, but also gained courage for their work, understanding that they are not alone and that the others also face difficulties. At the end of this session, the Youth Leaders were also provided with deeper knowledge about how to nurture ethical values and promote interfaith and intercultural learning.
In the afternoon, all participants went out together to visit GNRC Peace Clubs. First they went to a school, were they met members of the Peace Club, learned more about their activities just like drama and trash burning with an incinerator, and had the possibility to talk with the members. Before leaving, the guests planted a tree for the garden that the Peace Club Members planned to build in their school’s compound.
After visiting the Peace Club, the participants went to Dogodogo Center where they were welcomed with performances by the boys such as dances, acrobatics, football and jump rope. The participants also got the chance to talk to the boys.
From Dogodogo the youth went to visit the Peace Club of Jangwani High School. The members of the Peace Club informed them about their activities just as singing, song writing, arts and crafts. They also had prepared various songs for them.
The participants also went across the ferry to visit Kigamboni Peace Club where the members of the club presented their artistic skills. From their, the youth went to the beach where they had dinner. Before they went back to the venue, they enjoyed a bonfire at the beach with music and dancing.