Assessing Youth Involvement in Peace Building:The Case of Fagita Lekoma Woreda, Awi Administrative Zone, Amhara National Regional State

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The aim of this study is to assess youth involvement in peace building in selected kebeles of Fagita Lekoma woreda in Amhara National Regional state. Simple descriptive research design was used for the study. Simple random or lottery method and purposive sampling techniques were used in order to select respondents, interview and discussants respectively. Accordingly 130 respondents, 21 interviewees and 12 discussants were selected from 3800 study population. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered through the questionnaire, interview and FGD. The collected data were analyzed by using descriptive statistical and thematic analysis. The results of the study revealed that the youths in Fagita Lekoma Woreda identify as they have the ability to build peace in their areas. The findings indicate that the youth in the study area play great roles in peace building. They are open-minded, dynamic, influential, decision maker, and involved in peace building practices regardless of age, gender, and religion. The study revealed that the youth have various challenges in their peace building practices such as unemployment, inferiority feeling, alcoholism, inadequate youth communication platform and lack of awareness creation on peace building. The findings showed that there were no different opportunities created for the youth to be involved in peace building practices including access to education, self-esteem empowerment, and the availability of youth leagues. Therefore, various points were recommended based on the major findings of the study



Assessment, Youth, involvement, and Peace building