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Anti-violence march to be held in Bo

Anti-violence march to be held in Bo

A press release issued by the British Council states that a peace march will be organized on 5th December 2009 in Bo city by the young people in Dreams and Teams and Connecting Classrooms projects. The peace march will start at Methodist School Mission Road at 10:00 am and end at the Coronation Field in Bo.

The peace march came about as a result of research which revealed that violence among people in Sierra Leone is increasingly becoming a culture. Because of this status quo, the organizers have thought it fit that the peace march will achieve the following: to encourage a culture of non-violence in youth and students nation wide; to bring about positive change in the lives of young people; to help students and young people become responsible and active citizens; to enhance peaceful co-existence among students, youths, the police and the nation as a whole.

These, the release went on to say, will be achieved through the following support; with the partnership of the anti-violence movement (established in over 20 schools), Youth organizations and peace clubs in various universities in Sierra Leone; with the collaboration of the Sierra Leone Police and the United Nations Integrated Office for Peace in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL); though the support and co-operation of the Ministry of Education, Youths and sports and the teachers of the 30 participating schools.

The following people have been invited to grace the occasion principles and heads of schools; the Mayor of Bo city; The Resident Minister, Southern Province, the Local Unit Commander, Bo (Sierra Leone Police); the Deputy Director of Youths; the Deputy Director of Sports’ the Youth Ambassador in Bo.

The release finally stated that other activities have been lined up to follow the anti-violence march which are: Sports festival on the 4th 5th and 6th December 2009; similar initiatives in other parts of the country; research workshops and the set up of active research clubs and peace ambassadors in schools.

Ishmael Dugba – SEM

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