REPORT ON THE EVENT TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012

Lagos – UNIC Lagos Library Assistant (who is acting as the Officer-in-Charge) was at the event organised by an NGO – African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives to mark the International Day of Peace.

Audience-at-the-event-observing-a-minute-silence

Audience at the event observing a minute silence

The NGO organised a series of competitive debates among Junior Secondary school pupils in public schools in Lagos State.

The Grand finale of the debates was held on Friday 17 October at TV Continental in Lagos. The event could have been done earlier but for the pupils who were still on holidays on the designated day (21 September) for the International Day of Peace.

UNIC officer-in-Charge reading SG's message
UNIC officer-in-Charge reading SG’s message

The topic of the debate is “Who should teach peace education to young people among the following agencies and authorities – 1. Federal, State or Local Government. 2. Religious authorities, such as Church or Muslim leaders. 3. School and School authorities. 4. Parents, Guardians and Community Leaders. 5. International Organizations such as UN, UNICEF and UNESCO and 6. The Individual, i.e. through self-education and self-awareness.”

At the Grand finale, the Library Assistant read the Secretary-General’s message for the International Day of Peace after a Welcome address by the founder of the NGO – Rev. Dr. Titus Oyeyemi. The contestants that won the first, second and third places at the previous stages, defended their positions at the event. The winners went home with prizes. There were also consolation prizes for the other contestants.