A five-day workshop to teach peace and reach peace, organized by the Catholic Education Office in collaboration with the National Catholic Development and Caritas office in Kenema, has ended at the National Pastoral Centre in Kenema city.
The workshop mainly targeted teachers in the Catholic junior secondary schools in the eastern region.
Speaking at the closing ceremony one of the facilitators, Samuel Sesay said the main objective of the workshop was to empower the teachers with the required knowledge on capacity building on issues relating to peace education in their various schools in the communities within the region.
Mr Sesay, reflecting on the general peace process in Sierra Leone, pointed out that for “our peace to be maintained and sustained there is the need for all Sierra Leoneans to actively teach peace and be totally involved in all peace processes in the country”.
In her presentation on gender based violence and communication, Gloria Bayoh said poor communication and misunderstanding were the roots of many conflicts in African countries.
She maintained that effective and accurate communication was essential in conflict situation, adding that this would help each party in a conflict to reach a mutual solution.
Another facilitator Thomas Johnny, who is also a staff of the Catholic Peace Department, spoke on peace, corruption, justice and peace, and poor mediation while Rev. Fr. Combey focused on forgiveness and reconciliation from the bible. Distribution of certificates to participants climaxed the ceremony.