By Julius Peter:
The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), has appealed to Nigerians, and Africans in general, to redouble their efforts at building peace and transforming education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) noted that the pandemic poses a new challenge to the global community in many areas, especially in the maintenance of peace as peace workers face fresh hurdles at fostering dialogue in an atmosphere ill-suited for physical meetings with people of diverse opinions in the same room.
In view of this, the GPF is organizing a virtual conference tagged: “Global Peace Leadership Conference (GPLC) 2020,” in partnership with the Standard Media Group, from July 30 – 31, 2020, according to a statement by the GPF-Nigeria’s Country Director, Rev. John Joseph Hayab.
Hayab stated that the two-day conference would bring together over 1,000 multi-sector participants including peace workers, educators, religious leaders, civil society leaders, governmental stakeholders, NGOs, school administrators, and media representatives from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, USA, UK, among others, to share best practices and lessons learnt.
He said, “Our Children have been staying at home for about five months now and only few can access internet to learn. We in Africa and the global community need to find a suitable way to transform our education for the good of our children and future generations.”
The GPF, according to Hayab, is therefore, organizing the virtual conference for stakeholders comprising global experts to brainstorm and recommend workable solutions to peace and education delivery during the pandemic.
Participation in the virtual conference will be free as Rev. Hayab leads Dr Willi Eselebor from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Ibadan; Hajia Amina Kazaure, General Coordinator, Women Interfaith Council; Sheik Halliru Abdulahi Maraya, Northern Coordinator, GPF-N, and Micheal Magaji, the Vice President General of the Unity school of Nigeria Alumni, to proffer the Nigerian experience to the world.
“We must make use of the time to see and take advantage of the opportunities that are in this pandemic than dwelling only on the challenges,” explained Hayab.
The GPLC is a strategic, multi-sector convention with intent to foster debate and build consensus over regional challenges using an innovative, values-based approach to peace-building.