On 17 February 2016, UNAMID's Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS) organized an open day for peace under the theme "Partnerships for Peace: Dignity for All" at Lumbati area in Kafoud, 65 kilometers northwest of El Fasher, North Darfur.
More than 1000 people from Lumbati area and the seven surrounding villages, attended the local musical concert, which was among the Day activities. Attendees included women and youth groups, students, teachers and community leaders.
During the event, CPIS handed over school and medical materials to the Lumbati Basic School, consisting of 3000 exercise books, 1000 pencils, 1000 pens and 1000 rules, in addition to information materials on peace process and the Mission's mandate to the local population in the area.
Public Information Officer, Makarim Mohammed, highlighted the importance of education for achieving peace and development in Darfur. "I believe that education is the first base for peace and development in the region," stated Ms. Mohammed.
The Headmaster of Lumbati Mixed Basic School, Sulaiman Hamad Haroun, expressed his appreciation for UNAMID's continued support to education in Lumbati area and explained that the school materials will help the students continue their education in a conducive environment.
Mr. Haroun noted that the open day, which brought together people from different backgrounds, will enhance peace and stability in the area.
The Secretary General of the Musician Union, North Darfur state, Hassan Osman Aish, expressed his appreciation to the Mission for organizing the event at Lumbati. He explained that open days remind people of the importance of peace. "These cultural days contribute to achieving social peace among communities in Darfur," he said.
It is worth mentioning that recently UNAMID's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Unit constructed three classrooms, an office and toilet facilities in the Lumbati Basic School. Additionally, the Unit has provided vocational skills training on manufacturing environmentally-friendly bricks to 40 at-risk youth from the local community as part of the Community-based Labor-intensive Projects (CLIPs) programme.