JUSTICE Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), an NGO, has established peace clubs in 132 secondary schools to promote peaceful co-existence in Plateau, according to its Project Manager, Mr Boniface Anthony.
Anthony told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos that the initiative was aimed at inculcating the virtues of peaceful co-existence in young ones.
“The initiative started in 2012; we have already set up peace clubs in 132 schools across the 17 local government areas of Plateau,” he said.
According to him, a lot of youths have shown interest in the clubs because some of them had been victims of the Plateau violence over the years.
He said that more peace clubs were being established, especially in the rural areas, and expressed optimism that each of the 17 local governments would have “at least seven clubs by 2020”.
Anthony explained that the clubs were not restricted to schools, saying that groups of children in communities could come up with such ideas and be supported by the NGO.
“The module used in setting up the clubs covers conflict, alternative to violence and gender violence,” he said, adding that the idea was modeled after similar peace groups in Zambia.
The manager urged parents to allow their wards to participate in the activities of the clubs so as to foster peace, love and togetherness toward building a stable society. (NAN)
– Feb. 12, 2018 @ 12:52 GMT |