European Union Delegation Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Tiina Intelmann, says while they understand the strategic infrastructural needs of Liberia, human development remains cardinal on their agenda.
Ambassador Intelmann told a Peace Education seminar at the Liberia Media Center (LMC) that the European Union “tends to focus on long term assistance programs,” maintaining that “the most important investment we can make is investing in the human capital of your country.”
In this regard, the EU in support of the Peace Education Seminar, involving students from the Kofi Annan School for Conflict Transformation, Cuttington University, AME University, and the United Methodist University, has given 221,774 Euros out of 277,218 Euros needed to facilitate the project.
The March 31 seminar launched the Peace and Conflict Studies Curriculum, developed jointly by LMC and other institutions.
The Peace and Conflict Studies Curriculum project is expected to bring together university and community college students from different cultural and regional backgrounds in a discussion about peace and cross cultural tolerance in Liberia.
Its objectives are to strengthen research, documentation, advocacy and communication capacities of potential students in Liberian universities and community colleges in five counties. The counties are Montserrado, Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Nimba.
The Peace and Conflict Studies project is expected to strengthen the prevention of conflicts, build peace and ensure the participants’ placement in conflict prevention opportunities upon graduation.
The Curruculum is also designed to strengthen existing student structures and network in entrenching peace building practices and sustaining the institutional support framework specifically in the project objectives
The Officer –in-Charge of the Liberia Media Center, Larmii Kpargoi, acknowledged the financial role of the EU in the project and suggested that the curriculum be taken at different academic levels.
At the close of the day the Media Center presented digital peace libraries to each of the seven partner tertiary institutions, comprising an internet stick and a desktop computer, loaded with peace and conflict resolution materials.