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Rob Youth Foundation (RYF) has joined hands with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) to promote basic youth tenets including peace among the youth in Namibia and beyond the borders.

IPYG is a non-profit, non-government organisation which believes young people can bring peaceful change in the world.

The Foundation is premised among similar principles that are geared at youth empowerment, sensitisation and health awareness to name a few.

Speaking during the announcement, RYF founder Robert Maseka said he thought it prudent to work with others in various community activities that include: teenage pregnancy, drug abuse awareness and unemployment.

“I believe this collaboration will help us engage effectively and efficiently with our youth in the country as we try and mould the future from grassroots level.

“Similarly important is making a mark on the global stage by setting a sterling example in Namibia, which can then be used as a standard by which others are held accountable to,” said Maseka.

Michael Hamutenya, (IPYG) Namibian Representative, said IPYG has been promoting peace activities in the country since 2018, and he is excited to work together with the Rob Youth Foundation to further the course of promoting peace in the country.

To that end, IPYG will be conducting an educational training program that is availed worldwide under “Youth Empowerment Peace Classroom (YEPC)”.

The program is created for the youth suffering from a lack of education. It provides essential education focused on health, hygiene, family, parental roles, global citizenship and more.

Over 1000 youth from 62 countries participated in this program last year.

The program will run from 18 June to 30 August with lessons occurring bi-weekly and certificates of completion being awarded.

“We anticipate the impact this course will have in the ultimate goal of achieving a world of peace a day sooner. YEPC discovers potential youth leaders in the community and allows anyone to have the right and opportunity to learn, just as the UN’s SDG goal of ‘leave no one behind.’

“YEPC also helps achieve SDG’s fourth goal of ‘inclusive and equitable quality education for all,’” according to Hamutenya.

RYF Public Relations Officer Tracy Livingi said: “It is vital for International Peace Youth Group to join us especially when we go out to school and communities to engage the youth on issues such as parental involvement in their children, mental health and child abuse.”

The partnership has set its sights on engaging the Ministry of Education to see how peace activities can be incorporated in the education curriculum starting at pre-primary level.

In the photo: Robert Maseka, Tracy Livingi and Michael Hamutenya.