"The theme of the film was for the elections and that you should not be manipulated by the political parties. Before the last elections we projected these films and I think there was a real benefit establishing peaceful elections."
PDev II financed construction and equipment for classrooms in Burkina Faso, including desks, ceiling fans, and supplies. The American Ambassador and Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education attended the opening ceremony
Anticipating potential political unrest in the 2016 electoral season, PDev II-trained artists used their musical talents and peacebuilding skills for a song and music video that highlights the importance of peaceful co-existence and Nigerian national unity.
"I saw that even if you are from a poor family, you can do well and succeed in life due to effort and determination. They made us understand that our school is not a place for conflict and violence, but a place for education and tolerance."
“The initiatives of PDev II raised the social consciousness of each of us to really reflect on how it's possible to change things in our community."
Honorine is one of more than 2,000 youth that received vocational training through PDev II. Trainings ranged from tailoring to auto mechanics and food preparation/catering.
“We have become better structured since our engagement with PDev II. Since 2012, we are better organized and have a vision of development and promotion of youth that is clearer.”
Aichata received PDev II leadership training in 2013. After being elected Vice Mayor, she is eager to use her role to mobilize other youth towards countering violent extremism in N’Guigmi.
”I was trained in one of the first training programs in 2011 for community engagement ... it's a contribution to development in our country and also to reduce violent extremism in our community.”
"The school was built in 2015, at that time we had 1,469 students. It has grown since then. There are two classrooms built here with the support of PDev II. The students in these classes feel really encouraged in their studies because of the equipment that has been supplied."
“In Niger, cinema is the best way to explore social issues and raise questions. Where so many are illiterate, the cinema offers a universal language that can reach large numbers of Nigeriens.”
"I have been working with PDev II since 2012 ... It's our role as youth to create a synergy between the different structures so we can create a dynamic emerging country. I am an actor of change in my country."
Before the support of PDev II, our school lacked the most basic equipment. This support allowed me to sit at a desk during my classes, instead of on the floor. However, it was when PDev II announced the student competition that I really became motivated to improve my studies.
Through participatory theater and PDev II we understood and helped others to understand ... that we can banish violence in all its forms and that to empower youth is to promote a culture of peace.
"A year ago, I would never have imagined I would be able to feed myself, much less my family,” one of the bakers said. “This training has even allowed us to dream of buying our own land and expanding our bakery. We finally have hope for our futures."
Bocar Douramane is one of 1,139 youth that received vocational training through PDev II. Trainings ranged from tailoring to auto mechanics and food preparation/catering.