Zanzibar-US Virtual Exchange Program 2016
Youth from Tanzania and the U.S. are both confronted with the problem of violent extremism. Both countries have experienced attacks by al-Qaeda and adherents and youth in both countries are still exposed to the threat via the media and beyond. To prevent the problem of violent extremism, policy makers and development practitioners have been exploring ways to meaningfully mitigate the threat.
Toward this end, the Principals at Human Security Partners (HSP) based in Washington, D.C. and Center for Youth Dialogue (CYD) had agreed to run a four-week pilot program where youth from both countries can learn about each other, the threat of violent extremism, and co-construct ideas and projects that address challenges in their local communities.
The four-week virtual program ran on May and June of 2016, where students from SOS Hermann Gmeiner of Zanzibar conversed with their counterparts of E. L. Haynes High School in Washington, D.C., USA on different topics related to terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism and Non-Violent Social Change.
They further shared general knowledge on likes and dislikes, general understanding of local communities and similarities and differences of the two countries. This program was a door opener for both sides to create closer professional relations.