It can be recalled that recently, the Center for Peace Education in Liberia or CPE graduated and certificated several young Kids as ambassadors of Peace in Moulton Corner, Brewerville City, Montserrado County.
The CPE is a local Liberian non-governmental organization dedicated to building a comprehensive peace building program, while teaching mediation as a means of achieving harmony and a better lives for future generations.
We challenge the graduates to go out and multiply by encouraging others move from violence to a life style of peace and unity.
Like in the words of CPE’s Director, John Cooper, it is imperative to teach peace as a way of life not only within the school system, but also in the communities that will allow everyone participation.
In the case of Liberia, the 14-year civil war not only resulted in wanton destruction of lives and properties, but also the collapse of core value systems of communities and governance systems.
During most civil wars, the greatest victims are children who not only suffered and experienced unspeakable violence but also see their future destroyed – many becoming refugees or internally displaced, and are sexually exploited and abused.
So when protracted civil war comes to an end, the successful reintegration of these children holds the key to sustainable peace in post-conflict societies.
To this end, we thank CPE for the training of the young kids to serve as peace ambassadors, and on the other hand, call for support in order to extend the initiative in other counties in Liberia aimed at educating youth and parents on the importance of peace.