The first planning meeting for the ‘world march for peace and non-violence’ has recently occasioned at the Education For All Sierra Leone (EFA-SL) Coalition Robert Street secretariat.
The Purpose of the meeting which was chaired by the EFA-SL Finance/Administrative Officer, Mr. Augustine Kambo was to kick start planning activities in Sierra Leone for the World March for Peace and Non Violence, which is slated for 2nd October this year.
The Coordinator for the World March for Peace and Non-Violence Sierra Leone, Mustapha Klah gave an overview of the March and its significance for Sierra Leoneans for them to participate in denouncing violence.
He explained that the objective of the march is to change the social consciousness about non-violence in the broad sense, as well as about its methodology and ways of action.
Raising consciousness requires changing predisposed habits, images, ideas is predisposing oneself and others to a new way of life. This is what will give direction and force into the will of people in a non violent direction; this is what it means to create a new personal, interpersonal and social consciousness. This is a big task that involves spreading information, transmitting and getting others to feel the same.
He also mentioned that participation is open to all organizations, institutions and individuals who share the spirit of a non-violent world without war, adding that it is a march by and for people, with hopes of reaching most of the world’s population.
Klah also disclosed that the World March will begin in New Zealand on 2nd October 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “international Day of Non Violence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains on January 2, 2010. At the meeting it was proposed that for Sierra Leone the march will commence from Freetown to Makeni, Bo, Kenema and end in Kailahun with the aim of covering all the four regions and their district head quarter towns.
During the discussion at the planning meeting the following activities were also proposed for the march: Radio and TV Discussion, News paper publications, Workshops on non-violence in schools, Sports, Symposiums, Artist sensitization and Fund raising.