From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, British Council to Discuss Youth Violence on International Peace Day
Sep 16, 2010, 17:22

As the world celebrates International Peace Day on 21st¬†September, the British Council in Freetown will be organising a three-day stakeholdersí workshop at their auditorium from the 21st¬†to 23rd¬†September. The workshop is a continuation of similar ones recently held in the provincial cities of Bo, Kenema and Makeni as part of efforts to stem the tide of violence permeating the Sierra Leone society, especially among young people.

Speaking on the programme to the press, British Council country Director, Louisa Waddingham said ďas a cultural relations organisation, the British Council aims to promote co-existence, co-operation, mutual respect and understanding in the country. ďWe are proud to organise this workshop to coincide with an important global milestone aimed at reminding us all that we have a duty to promote peace,Ē she informed. She said the workshop would make an important contribution towards Sierra Leoneís peace and stability.¬†¬†


Over the past year, British Council has been applying its experience in cultural relations to bring together ¬†students who have been affected by the escalating tide of violence in schools and in the communities. This yearís workshop will draw participants from all sections of the city, including school pupils, university students, the Military, the Police, Prisons Service, Judiciary, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare, religious leaders, traditional rulers and Civil Society.¬†

The workshop is expected be highly interactive and participatory, providing a learning and discursive platform on issues of conflict, violence and peace. It is expected to give participants practical strategies to manage conflict and prevent violence in their schools and communities

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