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STATEMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A PEACE CAMP WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY THE GLOBAL NETWORK OF RELIGIONS FOR CHILDREN (GNRC)-Africa THROUGH ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ZIFF) July 3, 2009
Received by DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING – Zanzibar and UNICEF Ambassador Danny Glover.
Your Excellency guest of honor, we are 41 youth and children, participants in a Peace Camp from Unguja, Pemba, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kenya and Somalia. We have learned a lot in the past three days beginning 30th June 2009 up to 2nd July 2009. Everything we learned during these three days reflected the theme “Lasting peace between People, Communication, Environment and Ethics”.
Good ethics is the foundation and vision of every individual’s well being.
We believe that the upbringing of the young generation is the responsibility of the society and therefore, children should be taught and made fully aware of the morals and values for the prosperity of the society as a whole. And not to be removed or punished.
We have learned that human’s and environment depend on one another. Therefore, it is every individual’s responsibility to keep the environment safe, friendly, and clean. Media have also played a great role in bringing solutions or conflicts into societies. Therefore media should continue to consider ethics at every stage.
Yesterday 2nd July 2009 we were overwhelmed by the words of UNICEF good will Ambassador Mr. Danny Glover who visit our in-session workshop by a surprise.
Your Excellency guest of honor, we the youth and children recommend the following to your good office:
• Youth should be in the forefront of issues regarding Peace, Ethics and Environment.
• For the sake of Peace, societies should work together in harmony regardless of age, gender, religion and political boundaries.
• The government to create legislation to support Ethics and good values, in order to bring and maintain Peace.
• Government should introduce regulations and laws governing all matters concerning the environment.
We give our special thanks to GNRC Africa and ZIFF for their support and the facilitating of the Peace Camp Workshop for youth and children, and the Ministry of Education for their cooperation. The Ministry of Education should take in consideration to allow peace education in schools around the country.