On December 15, 2022, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of Burkina (CJP-Burkina) launched the Project to Strengthen Social Cohesion in Seven Dioceses of Burkina (PRCS). Scheduled to span three years (October 2022-September 2025), the PRCS aims to contribute to improving social cohesion, in a context marked by the deterioration of peace, land-related conflicts, corruption and corruption. incivility.
The Social Cohesion Strengthening Project pursues three specific objectives. The first is to improve the quality of land governance through a culture of transparency in four rural communes. The second aims to promote school-based peace education in eight secondary schools. The third and last specific objective intends to defend the rights of women threatened with exclusion or excluded by allegations of witchcraft in seven provinces.
The PRCS, which benefits from the financial support of Misereor and Secours Catholique Caritas France, will be implemented in the provinces of Kadiogo, Kourwéogo, Oubritenga, Sanmatenga, Boulgou, Boulkiemdé, Ziro, Poni , Passoré, Houet and Comoé. Its targets are communities and administrative and political authorities, rural populations, teachers, parents of students, etc.
- Father Hermann Ouédraogo, Secretary General of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace
According to Abbé Hermann Ouédraogo, secretary general of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, the security crisis in Burkina Faso has led to the cracking of the social fabric and the questioning of harmonious living together. And faced with this observation, the CJP-Burkina could not remain indifferent, hence the initiation of this project.
“What we need most right now is peace and social cohesion. We took the school environment into account because that is where we need to consolidate the foundations and prepare for the future. We have also taken into account women who constitute a vulnerable category in our country”, explained Abbé Hermann Ouédraogo. The activities will be implemented by decentralized structures such as diocesan coordinations and parish committees.
Coming to provide support from the Ministry of National Solidarity, Stéphane Bayala, project manager, noted the importance of a project such as the PRCS, especially at this time when Burkina Faso is struggling to live together. “A project of this magnitude will help bring people back to the way we lived together in the past, so that the country can recover from this security crisis. Living together is much more in community and when communities understand each other, living together is harmonious,” he suggested.
- Stéphane Bayala, Project Manager at the Ministry of National Solidarity
As a reminder, the Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission of Burkina is an organization of the Catholic Church, created by the Burkina-Niger Episcopal Conference and which works in the fields of peace, human rights, justice and social cohesion. .
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