• Gudele 1, Hai Referendum, Juba South Sudan
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  • info@ayanafrica.org

Our Strategic Focus

AYAN believes in empowering young South Sudanese’ access to information, services and rights such that they can build collective platforms to challenge and develop their leadership potential, socio-economic and identity. AYAN empower young people by supporting their work through three key focus areas, namely

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Community Based Partnerships

The world is becoming a “BIG” village and youth in South Sudan can no longer be isolated from the rest of the world. AYAN works primarily with local youth led groups with partnerships at national and international levels. The organization is collaborating with youth groups and young peace activists from all parts of South Sudan and links their potentials, talents and concerns to national and international forums through networking and collaboration with regional and international youth forums..

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Awareness and Advocacy

AYAN understand numerous challenges facing the youth of today and South Sudan is not exceptional. AYAN works with Young people around key issues such as Gender, Sexuality, Health & Rights, Peer Pressure and Mental Health, Life Skills and Education, Healthcare, Good Governance and Accountability so that young people can better understand the evolving world and the challenges around them.

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Communication & Skills Dev't

Due to fast technological advancement, the world has become very both technical and dynamic and young people especially South Sudanese must be part of this advancement. AYAN plans to train young people to develop their confidence, communication and technical skills, and skill to work with film, music, literature and to build and support platforms and talents for independent arts in South Sudan in particular and the Great Lakes at large.

Key Intervention Areas

  1. DEVELOPING YOUTH LED PEACE, GOOD GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY

  2. A Programme that works with, young people through training as peer educators to conduct peace awareness, open forum workshops, panel discussions, ‘meet your leader’ accountability sessions and organize other methods of community advocacy, focusing on governance, where a key focus is the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan and its Implementation. Undertaking workshops and advocacy programmes amongst youth in schools, colleges, churches, mosques, barazas to promote national cohesion and respect for diversity. The aim is to harness the voice and positive contribution of young people in the implementation of the ARCSS.

  3. EDUCATION AND PEER BASED COUNSELING

  4. Developing and implementing an active youth mentorship programme. It also engages young people as peer educators to work with conflict affected and vulnerable children and youth to promote child rights and learning opportunities. The programme aims at identifying potential within and learning opportunities for children, overaged individuals, increasing their understanding of primary health and hygiene, connecting them to formal education and opportunities to develop life skills complementary to formal educational systems. Using a range of interactive games and sports, the project implements Life Skills activities that develops critical thinking; inter-personal and comprehension skills that equip the children to adapt better to mainstream schooling.

  5. UNDERSTANDING SEXUALITY, GENDER, HEALTH, RIGHTS AND HIV/AID

  6. Programme that trains young people to become peer facilitators, addressing the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) through issues of Sexuality, Gender, Health, Rights and HIV/AIDS with their peers through community - based forums and public workshops. Peer Facilitators in AYAN are trained for 3 months on developing independent research case studies, producing their own short films and literature and conducting awareness campaigns that engage decision makers, civil society and young people, advocating for increasing young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education as well as youth friendly health service.

  7. ENABLING THE ARTS (ETA PROJECT)

  8. Programme aims at supporting and connecting young people in South Sudan and diaspora work in the performing and visual arts that promote peaceful coexistence among the different tribes of South Sudan. By connecting amateur, upcoming and establish artists through collaborative projects in Refugee settlements and across South Sudan aimed at providing them an independent arts platform where they can express their creativity, vision and talent and interact with new audiences. Enabling the arts aims at enabling a dynamic environment that supports artistic endeavors and challenges existing molds to expand the outreach of the arts.