Future Generations Master's Degree student, Rene-Claude Niyonkuru, received a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace award to build relationships and trust for peaceful elections and cohabitation in his home country of Burundi. Rene-Claude's proposal surfaces at an important time as recent elections were marked with violence. This follows 12 years of civil war in Burundi fueled by ethnic divides between the Hutu and the Tutsi. Rene-Claude's project seeks to foster dialogue among communities to promote peace.
Although Burundi's situation has improved since the 2005 elections,
civilians and the opposing political parties share distrust with a long
history of deep-seated fears and violence along ethnic lines. Tensions
have flared this summer, as five opposition candidates withdrew from
the elections leaving the incumbent as the only candidate.
David Nygaard, President of Future Generations and the Future
Generations Graduate School, reports on recent activities and
achievements. These include: 1) efforts underway to set up public
computer labs across West Virginia in partnership with volunteer fire
departments, 2) an update on the Master's Degree program, which will
convene its United States residential in August, and 3) the expansion
of child and maternal health work in Peru with support from the USAID
Child Survival and Health Grants Program.
Isobel Coleman's book spotlights Future Generations
In her book, Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, Isobel Coleman finds herself in a rural part of Afghanistan. Her traveling companion is Dr. Shukria Hassan, the former health director of Future Generations Afghanistan. In the book's introduction, Coleman highlights the work of Future Generations to provide literacy classes for women and girls in mosques.
In July 2010, more than 5,000 youth from 80 universities across China
set out on the Green Long March, across 8 routes, to promote regional
solutions for climate change. In addition to raising awareness, 55
student teams are implementing Green Seed Award projects to identify
and expand successful practices.