Peace Clubs Established in Public Schools – Bauchi State, Nigeria

(Reposted from: Independent – Nigeria.  July 6, 2018)

By Patience Ogbodo – Iwuagwu

Bauchi – As part of her effort to inculcate peaceful co-existence in the society, the First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar, has established peace clubs in ten public schools within the state capital.

Hajia Abubakar, who is also the initiator of Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative (B-SWEEP), disclosed this during the B-SWEEP peace clubs’ interactive forum held at Banquet Hall of Government House, Bauchi, on Thursday.

She said the establishment of the peace clubs was a product of a workshop on peace building and peace education where stakeholders were sensitised on creating more awareness on the necessity of peaceful co-existence as well as highlighting the consequences of falling into violence.

The governor’s wife said that the creation of the peace clubs would help to tackle the serious insecurity challenges being experience in Nigeria and North East in particular.

She said: “The initiative is geared towards catching the students young by inculcating into them the culture of peaceful co-existence and principles of peace education using the established clubs that have been formed as an instrument for conflict resolution. This will enable the students to actively participate in fostering peace, love and togetherness to their colleagues towards building a stable society.

“The formation of these clubs was aimed at creating a peaceful and harmonious academic platform at various school levels where students of different backgrounds live independently,” he said

Hajia Abubakar said the peace club interactive forum was organised to create a forum for the students to showcase their talents in peace development process, particularly in the area of essay writing, spoken words and poems.

She said: “To the participating schools and coordinators, this Programme will no doubt provide an excellent opportunity for you to exchange information and views to provide sustainable peace and cohesion in your schools in order to avert ethnic and religious crises, thereby re-building confidence and relationships more fully and effectively.”

In his address, Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Youth Mobilisation, Ghali Abdulhamid, described peace building among members of any community as very essential.

He said: “the need for peace among our various communities cannot be overemphasised because it is only when there is peace that we can develop and make progress. It is, therefore, imperative for us to cultivate the habit of tolerance and respect for one another so that we can live peacefully with one another.”

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