Gbowee Climaxes Second Annual Youth Camp

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Each of the 40 talented children, including those from the deaf community, who attended the four-day second annual youth camp of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), in Monrovia, received a cash prize and a surprise gift as well as a certificate.
During the camp held in Bomi County, the children learned about Liberia’s history taught by seasoned historians, traditional values, culture and the meaning behind traditional dances. They also chatted with traditional chiefs, zoes, etc. They were led by representatives from the Flomo Theater Group from Monrovia.
The children also learned about the farming process, from germination to production of select produce at the Pumah Farm in Weakama, owned by Representative Edwin M. Snowe.
During the career day program, which was held on Saturday, July 18, the participants also learned about the work of legal, medical and engineering professionals as well as the private businesses and industries, such as oil and gas, security sector and technology, among others.
The students also visited the Liberian Legislature, especially to the offices of Senate President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah, Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood of Montserrado District #9; Rep. Snowe of Montserrado District #6; Senator Morris Saytumah of Bomi County and Senator George Weah of Montserrado. They then asked each of those officials they visited questions concerning the development of Liberia.
The children were led by Liberian Nobel Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee.
The aim of the camp was to share knowledge on self respect and respect for others, with integrity and accountability as a basis for fostering peace among Liberian children.
The camp also dwelt on the tenets of good sportsmanship, and developing a platform for youths from diverse backgrounds to interact with one another by promoting peace and reconciliation; increase youth understanding of the concepts of gender, peace, reconciliation and willingness to seek alternatives to violent settlement of disputes.
The exercise was held under the theme, “Peace through Fair Play.”
According to Madam Gbowee, the event provided a sensitization framework to increase awareness among young people on their roles and responsibilities in giving respect to people as well as respecting law and order as a basis for responsible citizenship and peaceful social interactions.
She noted that it was no longer a secret that sports in Liberia have not been sufficiently used as a platform or a tool for helping young people to improve their life-skills and develop new behavior and attitudes that promote respect for the rule of law and peaceful coexistence.
The Nobel Peace Laureate said at the national level, many sporting activities aimed at promoting unity are being held, but have not been strategically narrowed down to specifically target the teaching of peace and life-skills to youth. This is partly because national programming has for a long time treated the children and youth class as cross-cutting in all national sectors.

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