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CEMCOD Launches Master Peace Club Uganda

Ahead of the International day of Peace 2016, Centre for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD) has launched Masterpeace Club Uganda that will be involved in a wide range of peace day activities. The launch took place today August 30, 2016 at the CEMCOD offices in Bukoto, Kampala. MasterPeace Club Uganda is a local Nelson for MasterPeace (International), the change makers on ground. Through the Nelsons, MasterPeace supports the global community to realize many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): health, education, good governance and equality as a sustainable way to promote more peaceful societies. Why the partnership with MasterPeace Club Uganda CEMCOD appreciates that community transformation depends on actors, institutions and citizen who each play their roles, duties and responsibilities. Every day, we seek to engage these different stakeholders, building strong networks of actors involving Media, Civil Society, Opinion and Local leaders, and individuals whose values and contributions we share. The values, contributions to society and people empowerment are what MasterPeace club Uganda brings forth to our audience. As their legal umbrella, we would like to support MasterPeace club in a joint pursuit to mobilize people around the country and the world to use their talent and energy for peace building and togetherness. “Together we hope to avail leveled platforms for communities, for social entrepreneurs, volunteers, bloggers, journalists, media, musicians and active citizens to connect together and support peace building with action.” Said CEMCOD’s Director –Media Initiatives, Prossy Kawala. To kick-start the partnership, Ms. Kawala says CEMCOD and MasterPeace Club Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Peace to be held on September 21, 2016. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Jackie Deweyi, the MasterPeace Club Uganda team leader revealed that like other Nelsons around the world, the team will participate in a variety of activities including what she called “Walls of Connection” and a Street Art Festival. International Day of Peace Activities “Walls of Connection” – Establishing the biggest mural in history Walls are the epitome of separation! For centuries, people have been walling-out “the other,” diving and separating themselves for one reason or another. A wall conjures up the image of an ambiguous concrete barrier. It is a simple word, yet it carries a dramatically profound meaning as a figure of speech. We currently inhabit a world that has been building more walls than ever before, both literally and metaphorically. Since the collapse of the Berlin wall, 70 countries have erected fences on their borders. That’s 1/3rd of the entire world. We have been building walls of separation more than ever before, and it is time to use art and music to transform these walls into Walls of Connection. Street Art Festival Siding the “Walls of Connections” pop up street festivals and concerts will take place providing an open space for artists and performers to show their talent for a wide audience. About MasterPeace MasterPeace is a multi-award-winning global grassroots non-profit and non- governmental peace movement, currently existing in more than 40 countries around the world. MasterPeace was launched in 2011, with the aim to mobilize people around the world to use their talent and energy for peace building and togetherness. MasterPeace will help lead the way to a more sustainable world with less (armed) conflict. MasterPeace will mobilize, inspire, connect and train 200,000 Nelsons by 2020. Together, they will form a global positive movement that aims to prevent new armed conflict in around 80 countries, including most of the (former) conflict areas, but also within inner cities in the western hemisphere.

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