Children & Youth

Children & Youth hold potential to drive change and transform conflict in their communities

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While the world typically views young people as either victims or villains in conflict, we recognize their potential to drive change and transform conflict in their communities.

Our Children and Youth programs employ an innovative, multi-pronged approach, incorporating elements of education, grassroots action, partnerships, and policy. Our initiatives range in topic from civic participation to youth-focused media, leadership training, and sports clinics. In all of our youth projects, we help young people prove to the world that they are changemakers and leaders for peace.

Our work to improve international policy and practice for youth participation in peace and security is guided by young people around the world and supported by the Children and Youth division.

Children & Youth Resources

Finding Peace at a Nursery School in Fergana Valley

We stepped off the dusty street in Asaka, Uzbekistan, through a simple steel door into another world. Gulirano met us in the open, sunlit courtyard of the nursery school she had founded. Trees filled the central garden. Colorful balloons and paper flowers decorated the walkways that ran around the perimeter.…
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Youth for Humanity: Engaging Youth to Promote Religious Freedom in Pakistan

Search for Common Ground, in collaboration with the Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) and Pakistan Research Institute for Sustainable Media (PRISM), implemented the project “Youth for Humanity: Engaging Youth to Promote Religious Freedom in Pakistan” from September 2020 to June 2023 in Karachi and Lahore. The project aimed…
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Scoring Goals for Peace in Yemen

Nasib curls his feet into the warm sand, relishing the feel of sun-baked heat between his toes. It’s hard to believe that this sandy soccer field was once a wasteland covered with broken glass and trash. He looks at his team, a band of brothers in identical highlighter yellow uniform…
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The Mu Gina Gobe Project: Building a More Peaceful Tomorrow in Niger

Soumana poses outside his welding factory. Photo by Oriane van den Broeck. The staccato rhythm of hammers fills the air. In this metal workshop in Niger, Soumana, part of a diverse group of iron workers, races against the clock to fill orders. Not that long ago, this scene would have…
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Final Evaluation – Strengthening Women and Youth-led Approaches to Reconciliation and Conflict Prevention in South Kordofan and Blue Nile – August 2022

Search for Common Ground (Search) in Sudan has implemented the three year Maa Baaad Namo project (2018-2021) in collaboration with its local partners: the Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services (Badya), Um Serdiba Association for Development (Um Serdiba), Paralegal’s Association (PASS), the Human Security Initiative Organization (MAMAN), and ElSharq Centre…
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Teen Voices for Peace

This guide draws on decades of learning with seldom heard adolescents involved in Search for Common Ground (Search) programs. It captures good practice, challenges and solutions for bringing new adolescent voices to media and policy in conflict affected countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It was developed with…
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School Supplies Spread Smiles in Afghanistan

New school supplies for the first day of school. Photo by our local partner for Preemptive Love. The classroom buzzes with new term energy. Here in Afghanistan, the academic year starts at the end of March and runs through December. Although the Taliban banned Afghan women from attending university and…
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Hope Burns Bright for 77 Venezuelan Children

Christmas lunch at school. Photo by Jonathan Lanza for Preemptive Love. You know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re hungry. Your stomach growls. Your head aches. Your mind blanks. All you can think about is food! Food! Food! In Venezuela, where over 75% of people live in extreme…
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Final Evaluation – Promoting Constructive Relationships with Youth and Local Authorities in Jordan – March 2022

Youth continue to be amongst the most marginalised groups in Jordan with unemployment and exclusion from decision making being two major challenges. The importance of addressing youth needs and increasing their participation in local and national governance became a central concern for Jordan notably with the deterioration of the situation…
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