National Peace Council educates students on peace processes
A total of 285 school children in Effutu Municipality have within the past four months been schooled on issues bordering on peace in the country.
The educational campaign carried out at separate forums was organized by Effutu Directorate of the National Peace Council under the theme “Promoting direct and structural peace in Effutu Municipality”.
Mr. Charles Ohene-Amoah, Executive Secretary, and Ms. Elizabeth Boduwah, Senior Administrator of the Peace Council, addressed the students and highlighted issues on conflict prevention, kidnapping and premarital sex among others.
They stressed on the need for Student to tolerate the views of their colleagues and strive to live peacefully with all others at all times.
“The world is full of people from different backgrounds who speak various languages and also follow diverse customs and religion,” they noted, and added that, it was important for children to learn to accept others from an early stage to become morally strong and have respect for others.
They told the children that when peace prevailed, businesses thrive and there was prosperity, better socialization and emotional stability. The peace officers urged the students to be tolerant at all times so that other people would be able to express their views freely at all times. “Research shows that school children, who take part in peace education programmes, possess sufficient skills and knowledge in conflict analysis and they are able to identify the causes of conflict as well as communicate the methods for conflict resolution”.
Such children, they indicated, were able to live at peace with others and helped in creating a peaceful environment by becoming peer counselors at school and at home.
On kidnapping, the speakers advised the children to be extremely careful when they were approached by unknown people or group of persons and urged them to scream for help when in danger.
They must be bold to report the actions of suspected person or groups to their parents, teachers and the law enforcement agencies.
The students were advised to stay away from premarital sex, remain focused and make studies their main occupation to help build a brighter future.