During the war in Sierra Leone, children were forced to live through terrible experiences of death and destruction. Consequences include extreme nightmares, flashbacks of the traumatic events, fear, insecurity, bitterness, and difficulty in concentrating, depression, and a sense of hopelessness about the future. These psychological effects can be damaging to children. For example, children may think that what happens to them during wartime is sanctioned by society. They may also think that by giving in to armed groups they have consented.
Therefore, Peace Education would help to re-educate pupils, with play and sport activities, especially at primary school levels, in order to reduce the sad memory of the war and the issue of violence and conflict in Sierra Leone.
More so, community development has been a major concern in many part of the world including my country Sierra Leone. But it is rather too disappointing to note that little have been done to address the issue of conflict at school levels in Sierra Leone.
And considering the fact that this country civil war had terrible psychological effect on many people especially children, women and youths; and the issue of educating them about peace is very little as a result of lack of donor support.
Now, as the topic rightly pointed out “--- one must recognize and address both a community’s needs and assets to make sustainable, lasting change”, I therefore see the need to join many like-minded people who has the vision to change the deplorable condition of their community by empowering young vibrant youth(s) in sustainable community development programs.
More over, my role as a leader would serve as a strong and vibrant representative that can collectively involve as many as possible community participation from its local people regarding project planning, designing and implementation.
This will help to strengthen and develop confidence, motivation and willingness to continue this project thereafter and hence the issue of sustainability and the overall change of violence especially in schools will be achieved through the GES conference.