YaLa – Young Leaders

YaLa – Young Leaders is a Facebook-based movement which consists of over 445,000 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) young leaders who foster dialogue and change within the region.

The mission of YaLa – Young Leaders is to enact a new Arab-Israeli vision of freedom, equality, prosperity and peace. As YaLa – Young Leaders is currently the fastest growing peace movement in the Middle East, its focus has been on the Yasmin and Tahrir revolutions, the struggles in Syria, Libya and Yemen, and the struggle for social justice in Israel.

YaLa wants to take peace education out of the university and into the streets of Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Amman, Cairo, Beirut and beyond, tapping into internet-inspired activism of the Arab Spring. With the creation of the Institute, YaLa seeks to leverage the know-how and experience of peace practitioners so that young leaders in the MENA region and beyond can forge a brighter and more peaceful future.

On May 25, 2014 the YaLa Academy launched the Arab-Israeli Peace Institute in Honor of Nelson Mandela; a ground-breaking ‘practical peace’ studies program to supply the young leaders of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the necessary tools to create a future of self-sustaining and durable peace.  Students will learn online directly from the men and women who pioneered, implemented and sustained the processes of peace negotiation, truth, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation and good governance in South Africa, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East as well as from key American practitioners.

Lecturers include:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa
Paul Rusesabagina, Peace practitioner, inspiration for the Hotel Rwanda film, Rwanda
Jean Baptiste Habyalimana, Executive Secretary, National Unity & Reconciliation Commission, Rwanda
Jo Berry and Pat Magee, Reconciled combatant and victim and peace activists, Northern Ireland/UK
Brendan Duddy, Businessman and peacemaker, Northern Ireland
Monica McWilliams, Cofounder of the Northern Ireland Woman’s Coalition, Northern Ireland
Denis Haughey, Peacemaker and founder of the Social Democratic and Labor Party, Northern Ireland
Shukrije Gashi, Director of the Partners Center for Conflict Management, Kosovo

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