With the United States Embassy, Manila, we are working with out-of-school youth in Cotabato City, Zamboanga City and the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, N.Cotabato, Sulu and Tawi Tawi, Philippines. Our objective is to connect young people from rival groups in Central and Western Mindanao using videoconferencing and social media so they realize they may have more in common than what they have been told. We also aim to bring these young men and women into the Mindanao Peace Process so they feel included. Young people learn conflict management and conflict resolution. They learn history and about one another's cultures. They learn the employment benefits of ending conflict. And they learn management skills, which they use in implementing projects in their communities.
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