April 26, 2009
Peace Pole dedicated was held on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at the 57th Annual Anniversary celebration of the Government Secondary School Kenema and the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA).
Late last year there were frequent violence incidences at inter-school activities, as a result of that my organization, the Youth Alliance for Peace and Development (YAPAD) approached the UNDP country office to support the Peace Ambassadors project designed to address the issue of violence in schools. The aim of this project is to employ participatory methods in increasing youth knowledge of the concepts of peace, democracy, the rule of law, political competition, tolerance and good governance and to empower each organization’s members to take leadership and engage their peers and their communities in a dialogue on the issue through group meetings, learning circles, role play and participatory theatre.
The UNDP approved and funded the Peace Ambassadors Project. Peace Ambassadors Clubs were then created in 26 Secondary schools and were funded to promote peace in their schools and at inter-school functions.
The Government Secondary School Kenema used their funds to erect a Peace Pole that was dedicated by Bockarie Enssah, Peace Representative and National Coordinator for YAPAD and Assistant Social Secretary KOSA.
May Peace Prevail in Sierra Leone!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Bockarie Enssah, WPPS Peace Representative