Nigeria – 22nd September. In commemoration of the 2018 International Day of Peace, Galaxy4Peace celebrated the 5th edition of the annual Sweat4Peace. The chain of programs also in included the first ever Peace Day School Tour in six different schools across Nigeria, and a Peace Meal Dinner Hangout for young people.
The primary aim of Galaxy4Peace’s executed Peace Day activities is to spread the message of peace, provide an opportunity for young people in Nigeria to uphold the ideals of peace within their environment. And have them commit to peace despite their inherent differences, while highlighting their roles in achieving SDGs No. 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Sweat4Peace has always served to highlight the need for a coordinated and integrated effort at ensuring efficient delivery of critical peacebuilding goals, and this by a cohesive private and public partnership. This edition brought over 500 participants together in Lagos, Abuja, Portharcourt, and Ibadan to observe the global day. And through several forms of sporting activities in an informal atmosphere, the young participants were made to understand their important role to ensure peace in their communities.
Precious Ajunwa, Founder & Project Lead of Galaxy4Peace who called for investment in Peace Education, emphasized on how momentous an education program that teaches peace early would impact on the society. “In these times when hate crimes are on the increase, we must more than ever continuously invest and teach children the values of love, peace, forgiveness, empathy, tolerance and non-violence not only on this global day but at all times. It is such ideals that Galaxy4Peace represent, hence our resolve to follow the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and build a world where peace, unity and love prevails”, she said.
Abuja Sweat4Peace Team Lead, Adebote Oluwaseyifunmi commented “I look forward to September 21st and to the commemoration of World Peace Day through Sweat4Peace which gives young people the platform and opportunity to know about their pertinent role in ensuring peace and security in Nigeria. I strongly believe that this is the most important time for young people to extremely uphold peace, with the 2019 general election around the corner. I’m even more delighted about the consistency over the years and how this program is helping to shape young Nigerians to become global peace ambassadors.”
Addressing Portharcourt participants, Maureen Aliko said “as humans divided by a thousand and one thing, achieving inner peace is crucial in reaching an outward peace. As we mark World Peace Day, it is important that everyone is involved in not only putting an end to any challenges that threatens our world peace, but to take crucial steps to guarantee peace is served in any conflicting situation”.
With Peace Education as the most paramount tool to bringing positive change, we set out to make a case for investment in education that builds peace through the TeachPeaceEarly program. The Peace Day School Tour with our message focused on three core pillars namely dismantling all forms of violence, creating a just and sustainable culture of peace, and telling the peace day story. Within those main areas an extensive range of discussion on the impact of violence on the larger society was covered, with a focus on how violence impacts on children, young people in the North Eastern part of Nigeria and the screening of Jeremy Gilley’s Peace One Day PeaceDay documentary which documents the journey to create an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence on the Peace Day.
The cohort of children, aged between 8 and 17 years old, were also taught about Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. The session also evoked brilliant questions and feedback in line with the commitment of Galaxy4Peace’s support to the attainment of the global goals.
From the forgoing, youths are eager to be involved in supporting peace and development but generally lack the means or opportunities to do so, but we are glad that Galaxy4Peace since the inception of Sweat4Peace in 2014, have reached out to over 3000 young people and 15 companies have been aligned together under this initiative.
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