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In this February, we will focus on a series of articles on “Ebola Educates.” Starting next month, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, in close collaboration with its strategic partners and other private companies, will launch its “Ebola Educates” annual campaign for 2015.

The main purpose of this campaign is to raise fund for the production of 20,000 booklets on Ebola stories for 20,000 school children in primary and secondary institutions across Liberia. The booklet when produced is intended amongst other anticipated outcomes, to enhance preventive Ebola Education in schools.

Our motivation for this campaign stems from the need to know, the responsibility to protect future generation and the essential need to document some of the core lessons learned from the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.

As part of the healing process, Ebola Educates will allow people and organizations to share their photos and experiences. It will provide the platform for people to tell their stories that will fill us all with hopes.

MOP-Liberia booklet on Ebola will focus on the history of Ebola, self care, Ebola Education in schools, how to talk to our children about Ebola, real life stories, hand washing techniques and other preventive and control measures. MOP-Liberia firmly believes that when children have access to better health education, it increases their ability to take action and it increases their resilience to cope with the Ebola epidemic.

Experience over the last 10 months has taught us many things. It has taught us the rules of basic personal hygiene, new ways of greeting each other, how to bury our dead, community cooperation and action.

Ebola outbreak in Liberia has led to the creation of new health facilities, rehabilitation of schools; the provision of comprehensive educational reform program and has shown us the power of volunteerism in the fight against a common enemy.

If there can be any lesson learned from the Ebola epidemic, this would be the full support and unconditional cooperation of our international partners, including America, Japan, China, Nigeria and others. We need partnership because the world is interconnected and we cannot succeed by ourselves.

The Ebola epidemic teaches us to be a bit quicker, responsible and more responsive the next time we are confronted with any epidemic. What other lessons can we learn the next time and what level of preparedness do we need to put in place are contingent on how adequately we document our experience.

MOP-Liberia demands that government listens and responds to all people, especially youth in ending the war against Ebola. We call on every agent of change and development in our society to adopt bold and ambitious agenda that includes young people in post-Ebola era.

Along the same line, we call on young people to support the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL). There is an urgent need to accelerate the development of vaccines for disease prevention. We owe this to generations coming after us. After all, the use of experimental medicines at the onset of the epidemic throws new light in the provision of palliative care and eventual treatment of persons infected with EVD.

We need the support of young people in telling their stories and we need the kind generosity of the public in supporting our cause. Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind or with your donation.

Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-Self Care”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.

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