By Modest Nformi, Kelly Che, Electa Nsuki & Pascal Malle
The Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ Buea, on World Peace Day, educated students of Summerset Bilingual College Molyko, Buea, on the importance of peace.
The education/sensitisation activity held at the school’s premises in commemoration of World Peace Day celebrated every September 21.
During the occasion, CAMASEJ Buea’s President, Isidore Abah, and his team encouraged the students to be ambassadors of peace.
He equally urged them to promote the culture of peace and fight against violence in school and society.
One of CAMASEJ’s members said she was an ambassador of peace, adding that “we need a hate free society, we need a peaceful environment, peace is priceless, and peace is possible.”
According to Isidore Abah, “peace is priceless”, reason CAMASEJ came to talk to students about it.
“Cameroon used to be an oasis of peace in a very turbulent central African Sub-Region and, because of what has been happening; it is having a negative effect in schools,” he said, stating that the students to whom they are preaching peace are the leaders of tomorrow.
The president of CAMASEJ equally thanked the Bishop of the Buea Catholic Diocese, Micheal Bibi, and the peace office of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, for their great financial support for the peace mission.
Valantine Koyo, a Form 5 student of SUBICOL, said she learnt that peace is not the absence of violence or war but how to calm an uprising conflict, show love to one another and free one’s self. She also promised to implement what she has learnt by preaching peace to others.
Aside from preaching peace, CAMASEJ donated some school materials to the students and administrators of the institution, efforts aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 gears comprised of facemasks and buckets for hand washing.
This is coming at the time that schools have just resumed in Cameroon. But in an area that has witness violence for over four years and schools grounded with children at home, CAMASEJ decided to encourage back-to-school by equally distributing pens and books to students.
Overwhelmed by the gesture and the peace nourishment endowed on students, the principal of Summerset Bilingual College, Alexander Atanga, appreciated CAMASEJ for its good work on setting peace and for the gifts they handed to the school and students. He said the information given by the team to the students will be very beneficial, “for we need peace in Cameroon more than ever”.
(UB Journalism Students on Internship)