Fambul Tok (FT) trains 32 teachers from four districts in Moyamba district in southern Sierra Leone to revive and set up school peace clubs. The Wan Fambul School Peace Clubs Coordinators are drawn from 12 Junior Secondary Schools in Pujehun, Kailahun, Koinadugu and Moyamba districts.
Training Coordinator Emmanuel Turay says the purpose of the training is to enable teachers to bring kids together as peace ambassadors in their respective districts. The teachers will supervise the pupils to promote peace in their schools and communities.
Abdul Rashid on behalf of the Executive Director said Fambul Tok places high premium on the Wan Fambul School Clubs.
“The Director is committed to raise funds for the peace clubs and twin them with schools elsewhere. Our vision is to see the schools working to maintain peace in the schools and their communities. That’s why the activities of the clubs should be fully in the domain of the Community Teachers Association in a transparent and inclusive manner.”
Joseph Kamara FT Schools Coordinator reflected on the schools club before the outbreak of Ebola in May 2014. Its activities were severely affected by the epidemic as schools and communities went into lockdown.
“The essence of this training is to restart and expand the activities of the school clubs.”
The facilitators including FT Solomon Yarjor dwelled into the following topics: managing school Clubs; Conflict Prevention, resolution and management; Communications Skills for Peace Building: and linking Peace Clubs with the Community.
Each presentation was followed by a question and answer session. The Group work looked into the challenges faced by school peace clubs and the way forward.
The training also revised the education guide and discussed the criteria for pupil selection in to clubs. They participants also planned for the way forward.
School Teacher Coordinator for Pujehun Nafisatu Sandy-Sowa thanked FT for the opportunity to benefit from the training on behalf of her colleagues and promised to make the schools programme a success in their communities.