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“Youth for Peace Festival” in Bahir Dar Creates New Opportunities for Young Men and Women 

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 Dr. Dires Belay, mayor of Bahir Dar City, and USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Adam Schmidt open the Youth for Peace Festival, Bahir Dar, March 18, 2023 (photo : U.S. Embassy)

by U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa

Bahir Dar, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s youth activity, Kefeta, celebrated a “Youth for Peace Festival” at the Mulualem Cultural Center in Bahir Dar.  The festival was organized in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA), regional bureaus in Bahir Dar, and the Bahir Dar City Administration.   

More than two thousand young people from Bahir Dar, Dessie, Kombolcha, Debere Birhan, Jimma, Gambella, Harar, Dire Dawa, Jigjiga, Semera, Logia, and Assosa attended.  They learned about youth-owned businesses and health and financial services; they participated in a peace forum with intergenerational dialogue; and they heard inspiring stories from young changemakers.  Two talent shows and a concert, featuring local musicians, offered entertainment.  

The “Youth for Peace Festival,” is part of USAID’s Kefeta activity, launched in March 2022, which is lifting up millions of youth across Ethiopia.  The five-year initiative will help youth in 18 cities gain improved access to health, education, economic, and civic opportunities.  The festival promoted intercultural understanding and created a platform for increased private sector engagement and civil society support for youth development.  The mayor of Bahir Dar, H.E Dr. Dires Belay, officially opened the festival, alongside USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Adam Schmidt.  The mayor called for all actors to contribute to the social and economic development of the next generation. 

At the end of April, Kefeta is planning a national youth festival in Addis Ababa.  This will be a two-day event to host youth from all regions of the country at Millennium Hall.  The festival’s goal is to inspire young people to contribute to positive change in their communities.  Activities such as the Bahir Dar Festival will engage youth voices and empower the next generation to take part in Ethiopia’s resilience and peace-building processes.  

To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and Twitter.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Another example that shows this arsenal of democracy, USA, at one of its best!!! Tell those two despots in Moscow and Beijing to top that. One is busy killing and kidnapping toddlers in Ukraine and the other one so tied up making protestors disappear in this air. The one in that joint called Moscow is reportedly bugging the living daylight out of Abiy to sell the regime fighter jets, tanks and APC’s worth into hundreds of millions in US dollars. The one in Beijing has his traveling thieves stealing and hauling away gold and platinum from the old country. O’ boy! You know now why I always talk about commies and their present day by-products in utter contempt.

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