By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
The Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) program of Mercy Corps Nigeria today kicked off the third set of its Parenting for Peace: Training of Trainers workshop in Katsina state.
The workshop is specifically designed to equip parents and youth
influencers with skills to aid prompt identification of violent
extremist ideologies and address the risk factors for recruitment by violent extremist groups which will increase the use of positive
parenting methods to build resilience to violent extremist ideologies.
The 3-day ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop, which has so far held in Kano and Kaduna states, will hold from the 10th to 12th of March, 2021 in Katsina State, in partnership with the state Ministry for Women
The workshop which was flagged off by the Special Adviser to the
Katsina State Governor on Security Matters, Mr. Ibrahim Katsina, will feature interreligious experts and facilitators who will teach
participants from high-risk environments how to identify key drivers and signs of radicalization, understand motivations behind violent
extremism, how to prevent and counter violent extremism, and the role of family in preventing violent extremism in the community.
Mr. David Gatare; CIPP Chief of Party at Mercy Corps Nigeria said that “At Mercy Corps, we recognize the critical role that parents play in raising their children to abhor violence and shun violent extremism
The training will teach effective strategies for identifying
signs and preventing violent extremism in children and young adults.
The sustainability of this initiative is also critical as trainees are expected to step down these trainings to their peers within their various communities.”
The Parenting for Peace training workshops will take place in four states in the North Central and North West regions; Kano, Kaduna,
Katsina and Kogi states, which make up four of the CIPP program’s six key implementing states.
Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) is a peacebuilding
program that seeks to improve local capacity and skills to manage disputes, strengthen women’s capacities to prevent and resolve conflict, increase collaboration among communities with government agencies, CSOs, and local leaders to address root causes of conflict, and develop strengthened and more sustainable Early Warning and Early Response mechanisms.
CIPP is being implemented across six states in
North Central and North West (Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi and Plateau states).
CIPP is supported by USAID and implemented through a consortium, led by Mercy Corps that includes African Radio Drama Association (ARDA), Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Pastoral Resolve (PARE), and Savannah Center for Diplomacy Democracy and Development (SCDDD).