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FBC lecturer says global peace the way forward

March 14, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Head of Peace and Conflict Studies Department at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone has reckoned that global peace is the way forward as it ensures the protection of human rights, gender and democracy, among others.

Dr.Memunatu Pratt was speaking at the British Council yesterday during an event organized by the Commonwealth Alumni Association Sierra Leone (CAASL) in Collaboration with the British Council to commemorate this year’s Commonwealth Day on the theme: “A Peace Building Commonwealth.”

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration held on the second Monday of March of every year by Commonwealth of Nations, which is a union of some countries that used to be part of the British Empire.

The day provides an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity and this year’s celebration marks 40 years since the day becomes a global celebration.

According to Madam Pratt, peace is concerned with respect for persons, conflict resolution and social justice, sharing the world’s resources, cooperation and community.

She said peace involves making a study of war and its consequences, thus considering alternative ways of dealing with conflicts, while developing the machinery for resolving conflicts internationally, nationally and personally.

“Peace is relevant to every citizen because its absence affects every facet of life. The objective of peace-building is to change non-peaceful relationship at personal, communal, national and international levels into peaceful relationships,” she stated.

Madam Pratt further noted that the full participation and involvement of women was essential to the development of a culture of peace, adding that a culture of peace cannot be imposed from outside.

British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, congratulated everyone on the day and spoke about plans to have a Commonwealth week.

He said the Commonwealth consists of six continents with 2.4billion living in the fifty-two (52) countries as members.

He added that 60% of the Commonwealth population is made of people under the age of 30yrs.

HE Warrington disclosed that Sierra Leone would be the first to see the baton for the Commonwealth Games before it would be taken to other countries.

Explaining her experience while studying in the United Kingdom, Aminata Kamara stated that Commonwealth scholarships were based on merit and not sentiment.

She said her stay in the UK was a memorable one even though there were challenges, citing the weather conditions, while urging Sierra Leoneans to apply for the scholarships.

Also speaking was the President and Chairman of CAASL, Sonnia-Magba Bu-Buakei Jabbi, who noted that Commonwealth troops played key role in managing and restoring peace Sierra Leone after the11years of rebel war.

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