JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan youth have resorted to dialogue
geared towards promoting peace and addressing gender-based
Philip Malaal Chol,
the Executive Director for Grand Debaters’ Association (GDA),
told Xinhua on Saturday evening in Juba that the initiative is
to engage youth and local communities to end violence in the
strife torn East African Nation.
“The launching of
the grand junior parliament has created a forum that allows
young people and all the vulnerable groups to debate on issues
that affect them,” Chol said.
The launch ceremony
that brought more than 400 students from 16 secondary schools
was organized by the Grand Debaters’ Association and sponsored
by the United Nations Women Organization.
It was launched
under the theme “Empowering youth to embrace peaceful
coexistence, harmonized cultures and enhance their engagement on
ending violence in South Sudan.”
Chol said the
platform is helping young people become proactive in building
peace and campaign to end gender based violence
Lian Biar Kuolirot,
speaker of the grand junior parliament, said that youth
engagement on issues that matters to them and that of their
country is the genesis of achieving sustainable peace.
“It is the young
people to work for peace, therefore, justice, liberty and
prosperity we have to collectively dialogue to live in
John Gai Yoah, South
Sudan’s Presidential Advisor on Education Affairs, said the
grand junior parliament forum is a unique way of engaging young
people on how to participate in reconstruction of the country.
“I believe all the
secondary schools in the country will adopt the idea as a way to
motivate more young people in the principle of peace and
addressing girl-child education in the country,” Yoah said.
conflict that has now entered its fifth year erupted in 2013
after forces loyal to Kiir and his former deputy engaged in
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when rival factions resumed fighting in the capital, Juba,
forcing Machar to flee into exile.
Millions of South
Sudanese civilians have sought refuge in neighboring countries
as the conflict rages on despite attempts by international
players to end it.