PAG 7th International Youth Summer School underway (The Gambia)
an article by Fatoumatta K Saidykhan. Daily Observer, The Gambia (abridged)
The Peace Ambassadors-the Gambia (PAG) on Friday
began its 7th annual International Youth Summer
School (IYSS) at SEN in Bansang, Central River
Region on the theme “In the search of peace for
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The international youth summer school on peace is
an annual event organized by the Peace Ambassadors
– the Gambia. The camp brings together young
people in order to empower them with knowledge
and skills needed to develop an aptitude for peace
building, discuss issues affecting them and map
out strategies of resolving them.
The PAG is aimed at promoting the culture of peace,
tolerance and international friendship geared
towards making the world a better place for human
The event according to officials has been
inspired by the success of the International Youth
Summer Camp funded by Concern Universal held in
2004. PAG in partnership with interested
organizations and individuals, has over the past
years developed the event into a citadel of
training on all issues affecting human rights,
development, peace and security.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the chairperson
of the organizing community Bubacarr Sambou said
generally, lack of peace and its effect are not
given in depth study and analysis resulting to
ignorance and limited collective global action to
create a sustainable peaceful environment for
This he said he is a major issue for peace
Ambassadors-the Gambia. “The organization focuses
on the development of the human mind, indeed
experience has shown that organizations like PAG
working in the field of peace can be a lever in
lifting societies out of their troubled and
violent past and help them secure and sustain a
future with peace and development are at the
centre,” Sambou stated.
The chairperson of the organizing community added
that the international camp also referred to as
international youth summer school was designed for
youths to acquire knowledge and skills needed to
develop an aptitude for peace building, to discuss
issues affecting them and map out strategies of
Sambou went on to explain that they would have
eight days academic lectures, presentations and
discussions on ten (10) proposed thematic areas
divided into two phases. He said the first phase
would cover the following; human rights, peace and
conflict management and governance and
accountability amongst others.
The second phase, he added, would be a three-day
conference focusing on all the thematic areas dealt
with during the summer school and will be held in
Cassamance (Senegal) in a village call Sinjang . . .
Fabakary Kalleh, the executive secretary of PAG,
said the organisation is committed to sustaining
itself as a vibrant institution of hope and to
spur serious dedication in peace work in and
beyond the country in order to achieve its
mission statement, aims and objectives. . . .
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Latest reader comment:
Question: what is the relation between peace and education?
We teach the science of war on an even and equal basis with the 3Rs and we maintain it with more resources than any other school. Further, we have done this consistently for a couple of thousand years, long before education was institutionalized for all children. And we have never questioned the wisdom of teaching millions of civilians how to kill while never giving the same credence, or any for that matter, to the science of peace, the study of anti-war, of reconciliation. With this inured mindset leaders choose to fund boot camps and officer training colleges and by omission deprive youth of the better choice.
If we can teach war and violence with such commitment to suit the purposes of generals and the arms trade, where are the rest of us who have a greater need for peace and conciliation than anyone anywhere has for the killing fields? Why have civilians not demanded peace education long ago and why don't we have it now?