SAVE is a capacity-building activity taking place in four local governments in Katsina state. It is targeted towards building resilience of leaders of conflict affected communities so they are better equipped at preventing violent extremism (PVE). The activity currently engages traditional and religious leaders, as well as youth and women to strengthen community resilience against conflict and violent extremism through capacity development workshops on: community policing and human rights, preventing violent extremism and peace building, alternative dispute resolution, women safe space, and youth mentorship. Through continuous capacity building, SAVE is empowering communities to effectively address violent extremism and conflict. Currently, SAVE is targeting four local governments: Funtua, Musawa, Dutsinma and Jibia with prospects of expanding to other regions.Impact Story A church recently opens in the midst of a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Dutsinma which is also a Muslim majority town. The church’s choir play very loud and that disturbs members of the community. Some youth from the community organized themselves and approached the choir to get them to stop but they wouldn’t listen because the Muslims too have mounted loudspeakers for adhaan (a Muslim call to prayer) which also disturbs the Christian populace. It was the first time the community was experiencing an impasse like this. Rather than resorting to violence, interfaith dialogue, a component of SAVE provided the platform for addressing the issue. At the inception meeting of the programme, it was agreed that when matters such as this arise, it will be brought to the platform where resolution will be sort. If no such platform exist, things could have escalated and the story might have been different.
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