Promoting Peace Through Technology and Innovation

Oct 28, 2016

The closing session of the boot camp at Juba Regency Hotel

A PeaceApp developed by 16 students from the University of Juba in the context of UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative has been launched at Regency Hotel in Juba, South Sudan.

The launch is a result of a five-day boot camp aimed at educating South Sudanese youth on the process of building a peaceful and literate nation, as well as encouraging the culture of a peaceful co-existence.

The PeaceApp outlines peacebuilding process with a focus on the role of an ordinary citizen in the national peacebuilding agenda, as well as practical steps in pursuing an end to violence. The peace app will also act as a platform for explaining conflict-related terms, violence and its impact, and also for sharing peace and reconciliation messages.

UNESCO in partnership with UNDP, WEB4ALL, and Zain, have facilitated the successful running of the boot camp and the launch of the PeaceApp which has been officially announced by Hon. Thomas Gatkuoth, DG for Telecommunications, representing the Under-Secretary of the Ministry for ICT and Postal Services.

In closing remarks, Hon. Thomas Gatkuoth commended the student’s commitment to promoting peace through technology and innovation, urging them to be ambassadors of peace and facilitators of sustainable development across South Sudan.

Meanwhile, UNESCO representative, Dr. Awol Endris commended the “valuable collaboration” with UNDP, the Swedish International Development Agency, WEB4ALL, Zain and other entities in promoting peace through technical innovation. “When we are combined we achieve more than when we do things in our little corners separately.”

Speaking on behalf of UNDP, Mr. Lealem Berhanu Dinku, explained that “This Peace App not only shows your commitment but also allows for the engagement of other youth and citizens and provides an opportunity for them to increase their understanding of and interest in peacebuilding. Reaching out to people and spreading messages of peace is crucial to bring communities together and to strengthen peaceful coexistence.”

The PeaceApp will be available for download from a dedicated website at www.sspeaceapp.org following an official launch scheduled on 15 November 2016. The user-friendly App will also be shared wirelessly via Bluetooth. The website will be officially launched on 15 November 2016.

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