Southern Sudan: JRS trains 60 peace facilitators in preparation of 2010 elections
11 September 2009

“This is an important contribution for peace in Southern Sudan and I hope there will be more joint activities of that kind in the future."
Southern Sudan, 11 September 2009 — JRS in collaboration with the Interchurch Peace Council (IKV) Pax Christi and the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) recently organised trainings in preparation of the national elections scheduled for April 2010.

The first training, which was attended by 30 participants, covered the peace agreement, the 2010 elections, the referendum scheduled for 2011 and touched upon the issue of small and light weapons. It provided people who are already actively engaged in peace activities in seven different payams (sub-counties) with the necessary knowledge and skills to build awareness among their fellow citizens in order to ensure a gun free and successful participation in the 2010 elections.

In his closing remarks, the JRS Peace Education Coordinator, Mr. Anyanzo Charles Jacob, thanked IKV Pax Christi for supporting the joint training. “This is an important contribution for peace in Southern Sudan and I hope there will be more joint activities of that kind in the future,” he said. Similarly, Mr. Omogo, IKV Pax Christi programme manager, thanked JRS for the cooperation and for mobilising participants. He also expressed his hope for more joint trainings which cover other areas as well. On behalf of the participants, Mr. Taluga thanked the organisers and facilitators and encouraged his fellow participants to spread their knowledge: “Take up the challenging task of sharing the information you got with your communities,” he said.

Hope for more training

The second training, which took place for three days from August 20-23, was conducted by JRS following an invitation by the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS). It focused on the National Election Act 2008 and was attended by 30 members of the council of traditional authorities of Torit county, Magwi county and Kapoeta who hold important responsibilities in the forth coming elections. At the end of the training, participants expressed their hope that more training should be given in their respective counties.

These joint trainings enabled JRS to reach more people than usual and to share experiences and knowledge with different organisations.







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