Niger Delta-based Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), has inaugurated Peace and Environment Clubs (PECs) in over 15 secondary schools across the country with a mandate to promote peace and environmental best practices among youths for a better society.
The most recent PECs were established at the Federal Capital Territory( FCT), Abuja, to serve as “safe spaces” with the idea of catching them young and bringing the next generation together from different socio-cultural backgrounds to discuss critical issues relating to peace, conflict prevention, management and environmental sustainability as well as share values of tolerance and civic responsibility.
The national coordinator of CEPEJ, Sheriff Mulade, commended the FCT board for the partnership to enable the organisation establish the clubs and to inaugurate PEC coordinators for Government Senior Secondary School, Bwari, and Mabushi Secondary School, both in Abuja.
The FCT secondary school board chairman, Yahaya Musa Muhammed, who was represented by assistant directors, Mr Itam Nneoyi and Mrs Mary Ajibola, lauded CEPEJ for the initiative.
They pledged to work with the NGO to educate and guide the youths.
Speaking in the same vein, the principals of Government Secondary School, Bwar, Dr ( Mrs) Nse Martina Ikwo, and Government Secondary School, Mabushi, Mr Muhammed Shaba, commended CEPEJ for establishing the peace clubs to educate pupils on the need to imbibe the culture of peace and environmental protection needed in Nigeria.
They also promised to ensure the sustainability of the clubs.
The programme director of CEPEJ, Mrs Nafisat Amadu Abdulmalik, listed improved life skills leadership, negotiation, decision making, values, self-esteem, conflict management, among others and enhanced advocacy skills as tools for a better society.
She said CEPEJ would facilitate training the trainers’ workshops in the coming weeks before the activities would kick off fully.
Others in attendance included vice- prinpicals, administrative staff, as well as senior teachers and students.
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