Local JHS pupils learn more about peace at Wisconsin event

Pupils from a local junior high school learned more about the meaning of peace as part of International Day of Peace commemorations. The event, at Wisconsin International University College, was organised by Mrs Ayo Ayoola-Amale, a lecturer at Wisconsin’s Law Faculty. 

The aim of the event was to sensitise young people about their own role in promoting peace at school, at home and in their neighbourhoods.

The pupils marked the Day by sharing their own definitions of peace as well as through songs. Pupils also watched a video clip on the theme of peace.

Mrs Ayoola-Amale, who has won several international peace awards and is the President and Founder of the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Ghana Section, delivered the keynote speech.

She urged the students and all those attending the event to “plant the seeds of peace within themselves” even as we all pursue world peace.

The Law lecturer added: “We should connect with the greatest power that emanates from within – the power of love – to create cultures of peace, justice and harmony.” 

The International Day of Peace, which falls on 21st September, coincides with Republic Day, a public holiday in Ghana, so it does not always receive the profile it deserves. This year’s theme was ‘Partnerships for Peace: Dignity for All’.

To mark the day, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon said: “I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace. 

This call comes at a time when the world is facing a refugee crisis in Eastern and Western Europe due to internal conflicts and ISIS-related activities in Syria and Iraq. 

Closer home, other civil wars, coups and terrorist activities have all contributed to the destabilisation of communities and the displacement of thousands of people.

International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21st September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared it a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.