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General Purposes

Umtapo Centre

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus KwaZulu-Natal, Province of

About this grant

The goal of the Umtapo Centre in KwaZulu-Natal is to train and build the capacity of local youth and communities to deal with the issues of racism, discrimination and peace building. During the apartheid years, this part of South Africa experienced a particularly violent conflict as a result of the relationship of the various black groups to the apartheid state.Multiyear funding will support efforts to train and build peace activists who can assist their communities in bridging the divisions left by past conflicts and preventing further violence. Activities will include promoting greater coordination and networking among the center’s programs, youth centers and peace clubs to encourage a national peace and antiracism movement; providing training and capacity building in community mobilization and advocacy for the Peace Africa Youth Centers; developing resource tools for trainers and educators in peace and antiracism education; publishing a regular newsletter to share experiences and best practices; and designing a tool to monitor peace and antiracism practice in schools and communities.Recent accomplishments included developing a peace and antiracism curriculum; helping establish Peace Africa Youth Centers; facilitating the establishment of peace clubs and peace centers in KwaZulu-Natal; and producing training videos and a training manual on how to become peace activists and promote reconciliation.