Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of Brac University has launched two separate projects in response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis management in Cox’s Bazar namely Community Based Learning for Peace (CBLP) project and Civic Outreach Project (COP) which is exclusively designed for the potential youths of Rohingya and Bangladeshi host community in collaborating with BRAC and Obirodh – Road to Tolerance project, USAID.
The projects aimed to promote peace and civic learning activities for peace, tolerance and social cohesion through engaging youth in separate activities in the Rohingya camps and host communities. An initial pilot phase will run from 2 May 2 to October 31, 2019.
The Community-Based Learning for Peace Project (CBLPP) promotes peace building in the Rohingya camps and in the Host community of Cox’s Bazar. 28 volunteers will be trained as trainers to engage over 420 vulnerable youth, who will gain exposure to peace education by joining trainings and activities at community learning centers.
The 7 days long staff training was conducted by Jessica Olney, the visiting researcher of CPJ-Brac University, who is currently working as a technical advisor to the projects. Elsewhere, Md Mofaq Kharul Islam, project manager of COP and CBLP project, coordinated the event and supervised the team. Mohammad Azizul Hoque discussed how to make aware of the CPJ-BRAC project and its activities among the staffs. Project Officer Sukesh Kumar Sharker, Finance & Admin Officer M Hasan Shahid Azadi and two Project Assistants participated in the project orientation workshop.
After finishing the Staff Training, the project team will recruit active young people from the Rohingya and host communities who will undertake intensive training as trainers in both projects throughout June and July.