Rumbek, 16 July, 2020 / 10:31 pm (ACI Africa).
The members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar have organized a series of talks, the first of its kind, targeting young people on the continent.
The speaker at the inaugural virtual event slated for Saturday, July 18 has, in an interview with ACI Africa, explained why the talk series, organized by the leadership of the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), will be focusing on African youth.
The youth “constitute our greatest resource as a people,” Jesuit Fr. Augostine Edan Ekeno told ACI Africa Wednesday, July 15 and added in reference to young people in Africa, “They are a blessing that God has given humanity for its continuity and prosperity.”
He identified the need to enlighten young people about the meaning of “true peace” to guarantee peace across the globe as one of the reasons for targeting the youth in the planned series of talks that are part of the Pax Africana initiative, a project by Ignatian Youth Networks Initiating Generational Outcomes (IYNIGO), which is the youth leadership development scheme of the Ghana-based Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI).
“If we want a peaceful world, that means we must invest in broadening the imagination of our youth to understand what true peace really is and why it matters,” Fr. Augostine who is based in South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese told ACI Africa.