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Peace Ambassadors trains Youth on gender issues

Mar 23, 2011, 12:53 PM | Article By: Abdourahamn Sallah

The Peace Ambassadors –The Gambia recently concluded a two-day capacity building training program for its members on gender and gender-related issues at Western Region Governor’s office in Brikama.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Baboucarr Sambou said that this is the third module of the training being organized for the participants.

Sambou said that Peace Ambassadors Gambia was founded on 17 May 2001 in The Gambia and has regional chapters in all the administrative regions of the country and some part of Senegal.

According to him, the organisation strives to work through young people, communities and other development partners in achieving sustainable peace, stability and development in the country and beyond.

“The organizational recruitment exercise aims to bring in new members as peace educators, takes in a form of in-house life skill development training. Seven days intensive training camp on the art of living in peace and five module of issues related peace building,” he added

Some of the modules treated during the recruitment exercise include peace education and non violence, understanding conflict, gender perspective in peace building, human rights and role of stakeholders.

For his part, Lamin Jarjue Councilor of Marakissa Ward, who also deputised the chairman of Brikama Area Council, revealed that peace is paramount for all people.

He added that without peace and stability there cannot be any meaningful development in any country.  Mr Sambou suggested that the Peace Ambassadors should sign a memorandum of understanding with Brikama Area Council for a more fruitful partnership.

Dembo Kambi Youth Chairperson of West Coast Region added that peace starts in the minds of the people.

He challenged Peace Ambassadors to continue to inculcate peace in the minds of the people so that they can also served as agents of change in the crusade to maintain peace.

He assured the organisation of his committee’s readiness to work with them, as the maintenance of peace and stability needs collective responsibility.

Omar Danso, a police officer, said: “As police officers it is their prime functions to ensure that peace prevails at all times, adding that their duties are to protect life and property and cannot be in the absent of peace.”

He urged parents and guardians to discipline their children, which is a bed rock of any successful person.

The Regional Governor’s representative Modou Dem underscored the importance of the training, noting that gender equity requires equal opportunities for both men and women.

Peace Ambassador’s The Gambia is an organisation operating in the country and beyond focusing on peace education and advocacy.