The NEWS (Monrovia)

5 December 2012

Liberia: Non-Violence Campaign Goes to Schools

A pro-democracy group, Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa (MAVIA) has launched a nonviolence campaign at the St. Peters Lutheran High School in Sinkor in Monrovia.

Speaking at the launch of the non-violence campaign Tuesday, Montserrado County District #9 Representative Munah Pelham cautioned students against violence.

She warned the students against engaging in acts of violence as a means of addressing their grievances.

She said violence does not address any problem, but instead, creates instability that leads to destruction of lives and properties.

Rep. Pelham reminded the students that it was because of violence Liberia underwent a 14-year civil upheaval, urging students to abstain from violence.

The lawmaker recalled that during the 14-year war, young people were used to actively participate in the war, saying "this is why you must not allow people to use you to perpetrate violence."

She lauded MAVIA for taking the non-violence campaign to schools and pledged her support to the process. She made an initial contribution of L$10,000 to the process.

Earlier, the Executive Director of MAVIA said the group was established in 2009 to promote non-violence actions in schools and communities.

Mr. Joseph Trinity also said the group was established to teach young people especially students their basic human rights.

He disclosed that about 65 human rights clubs have been established in schools in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties to teach students basic human rights.

He challenged students of St. Peters Lutheran High School to make use of the human rights club in their respective schools.

The Vice Principal for Administration of St. Peters Lutheran High School, Forkpa Miller commended MAVIA for selecting his school as one of the beneficiaries of the rights club.

MAVIA is a pro-democracy rights group that supports the rights and dignity of all persons.

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