Shaandre makes waves

Along with other Peace Ambassadors, this young Namibian is working towards promoting social inclusion.

17 February 2019 | People

Namibia's Shaandre Finnies has been named a One Young World and European Commission Peace Ambassador – an initiative developed to accelerate the efforts of young leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism, building peace, and promoting conflict resolution globally.

Shaandre co-founded Empateamwork with the aim of using cross-cultural exchange to further understanding around the Herero-Nama genocide that took place under Germany's colonial rule of Namibia.

Its first project is to establish a community radio station in Namibia.

Shaandre was selected to join the Peace Ambassador network as part of a nationwide search for the world's most impactful young peace-­builders. In the two years since the initiative was launched, One Young World and the European Commission has identified 120 young leaders from 97 countries building lasting peace.

The work of Peace Ambassadors focuses on both the direct and indirect causes of violence – ranging from countering the harmful effects of environmental change to promoting social inclusion.

As a Peace Ambassador, Shaandre was invited to participate in the annual One Young World Summit, the global forum for young leaders. Held in The Hague, the summit brought together 1 800 delegates from every country and sector. Other participants included Mo Ibrahim, Thuli Madonsela, Caroline Mutoko and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.

In March 2019, the Peace Ambassadors will be gathering again in Rwanda, for “United Futures: Lessons from Rwanda”, the One Young World Caucus on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Founder of One Young World, Kate Robertson, says that young people have a pivotal role to play in sparking the new movements that lead to positive change, and in seeing them through.

The Peace Ambassadors selected over the last two years are living proof that this is the case.

“They are all doing outstanding work to build a safer and more peaceful world in the face of some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced – from the spread of violent extremism to the catastrophic effects of climate change or rising socio-economic inequalities.”

In this archive image, Norman Ndeuyeeka, Chief Whip of the Children's Parliament (left) shares a light moment with Deputy Speaker of Children's Parliament Shaandre ­Finnies during the commemoration of the Day of the African Child in 2015.

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