Activists want peace education in schools

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Ousman Fofana, National Peace Desk Officer for Family Gambia Peace Education Foundation, said peace is so important that it should be nurtured in young people.

He was speaking on Thursday 18 December at a day’s seminar organised by his foundation at Old Yundum Lower Basic School.

“The symposium is to sensitize schools in Region Two as well as to acquaint regional education officers, head masters, teachers and parents on the importance of peace studies in our school system and the community as a whole,” he said. 

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Buttressing, Mr. Simon P. Mendy, Family Gambia National Supervisor, told the gathering that Family Gambia was established in 2009 and has since been advocating for peace studies in schools.  

“Family Gambia is in collaboration with Peace Education Foundation in Miami USA,” he said. “We have presented the peace education syllabus to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. We hope that one day, peace education will be integrated into our school system.”

Mr. Jerreh Joof, headmaster of Old Yundum Lower Basic School, called for the expansion of the programme to other schools in the country. He challenged the pupils to be disciplined and law abiding.

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