To encourage broader adoption of the AU Agenda for Silencing the Guns in Africa, and as a contribution to the Year 2021 theme of “Arts, Culture, and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want,” the Commission organized a seminar in Accra, Ghana, from 14 to 16 December 2021, with the theme “Arts, Culture, and Heritage as Levers for Silencing the Guns in Africa.” The Seminar, which included young artists from the Continent’s five regions, gave an opportunity to improve their understanding of the AU’s peace and security procedures and initiatives, as well as to strengthen their capacities to promote the STG project in their own countries and communities.
As a follow-up to the December 2021 Accra Seminar, the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department (PAPS), in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), will hold the first series of virtual trainings for African artists on ‘leveraging Arts for Peace’ from 14 to 18 August 2023, guided by the outcomes of the Accra meeting; and grounded in the belief that Art helps prevent conflict.
The training will cover topics such as the role of artists in advancing peace advocacy through the arts, an introduction to gun control, including AU’s work in advancing peace and security, conflict prevention, and post-conflict reconstruction assistance, as well as principles for effective advocacy and outreach.
An African artist who has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of long-term peace and stability. Established artists, including young women artists, displaced people, and people with disabilities, who match the following selection criteria are especially invited to apply:
You must be a citizen of an AU member state.
Have at least a secondary school diploma
Be a well-established artist; have expertise promoting, advancing, and supporting peace processes, including community participation through art; and have a solid track record with the local community/area where he/she works.
You must be fluent in either French or English.
Availability and desire to participate in the online course (5 days, 2 and a half hours of training every day, and 2 hours of homework daily). For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the “African Union, Leveraging Arts for Peace” – Training on Silencing the Guns Deadline: 25 July 2023