Counter-insurgency: Group inaugurates peace clubs in schools, unites Yobe Students

The participating Students

A platform known as Peace Architecture Dialogue (PAD), a United Nations group, Search for Common Ground has re-echoed the need to build a habit of peaceful co-existence among the students of secondary schools so as to live in peace with each other.

The Yobe State Project Coordinator, Oluwatobi Salawu disclosed this on Tuesday while inaugurating peace clubs across five secondary schools in the state at Government Girls College, Damaturu.

“We are targeting 100 students from five schools to be trained in peace clubs.  We intend to teach the students the right attitudes while they are still young, so that by the time they grow, they will not depart from it. Catch them young, that’s the concept.

“To inculcate the culture of peace, to think differently looking at how we were being brought up with different perceptions of hating our neighbours, other tribes for one reason or the other,” he said.

Earlier while inaugurating the club, the Chairman of Yobe State Teaching Service Board, represented by the Director School Services, Mallam Dauda Gwayo, said:  “the board has adopted peace as part of the schools curriculum in the state to teach the culture of peace.”

He noted that as result of lack of peace especially in the northeastern states, they have been left behind and no progress was recorded.  The Chairman challenged the students to at least have two to three friends before the end of the programme.

The group further called on the teachers to be trained and sustain the clubs in their respective schools.

There were goodwill messages from the representatives of the Emir of Damaturu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II Ibn El-Kanemi,
representative of FIDA, among others.

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