Youth for Peace Peace, Kenya, Africa
The Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (CPMHF) of Kenya collaborated with Culture without Borders (CwB) a UK based NGO to create the Youth for Peace (Y4P) project During 2014-2015, the project aimed to support youth in Kenya to become active advocates of building peace. Working through a network of peace museums and school peace clubs this project utilized African cultures traditions of peaceful coexistence to encourages youth to accept ethnic diversity. African peace traditions provided youth with peace building skills through artistic and creative expressions of democracy that address contemporary conflict issues.
As part of the project, a Youth for Peace conference was held in Nairobi in August, 2015. The conference theme was to empower youth as agents of change and peace ambassadors.
During this project Kimberly had multiple roles of PhD researcher, collaborator, lecturer and workshop facilitator.
Researcher: The Youth for Peace project is part of Kimberly's larger PhD study Wayfinding Peace: Museums in conflict zones. The Y4P project research explores the role of young people as agents of peace building in Kenya through CMPHF museum exhibits, programs and initiatives.
Kimberly collaborated and supported the Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (CPMHF) on the Y4P Conference by preparing the action plan, schedule, website, press release, materials, and written report.
Researcher: The Youth for Peace project became part of Kimberly's larger study, Wayfinding Peace Museums in Conflict Zones.
Lecturer: At the conference August 25 -26, 2015 in Nairobi, she presented When Is The Time For Peace? that focused on the ways Canada’s Youth are working for peace and the successes, challenges, and achievements they have experienced through the process.
Facilitated a youth exhibit to showcase 10 Y4P projects (successes, challenge, achievements) and display creative outputs (films, photographs, painting and drawing, publications and music) presented by youth.