From Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
As part of the events marking this year’s World Peace Day, the Dephee Initiative for Peace and Community Development (DPCDI) held an outreach session for schoolchildren and other stakeholders at Raddai Metropolitan School on Tuesday. Jalingo.
DPCDI Executive Director Bulus Daniel Dauda said the initiative aims to ensure that the culture of peaceful coexistence is instilled in younger generations from the earliest stages of their lives.
“As we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively on how to help everyone better recover, build resilience, and transform our world into one. a more equal, more just, more equitable and inclusive, sustainable and healthier world, ”said Dauda.
“The pandemic has been accompanied by an upsurge in stigma, discrimination and hatred that have only cost more lives instead of saving them. The virus attacks everyone regardless of region, ethnicity, creed or socio-economic status. Confronting this common enemy requires an awareness that we are one and have the ability to build on and make the most of our differences.
“This year, the theme of the Day is“ recovering better for a fair world ”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations as we focus on a better recovery for a more just and peaceful world. We must speak out against things that incite violence both in public and in private. We need to start spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of challenges. The best way is to instill these virtues in the younger generation so that they can grow up with them as part of their life, ”he said.
The State President of the Civil Society Organization in Taraba, Dr Joseph Gimba, insisted in his lecture during the session that the idea of world peace will remain a mirage until peace. or first carried out at the individual, family, community and other micro-establishments level.
“The importance of peace cannot be overstated. We can talk about it all day. But while we pay so much attention to peace in a wider spectrum of society, we often forget that an individual who is not at peace with himself cannot give peace. And so we must imbue ourselves with a culture of inner peace and allow this inner peace to shine and fill the world. This is where you have to start. This is why this campaign is very important.
Our correspondent reports that the event attracted participants from various civil societies, religious organizations and security agencies.