In an attempt to foster peaceful coexistence and build trusts and tolerance amongst the younger generation, Friends of the Chairman Zango Kataf Local Government Area, under the auspices of Anatare Organization has embarked on a seminar for students in Secondary Schools across the Local Government Area.
Salama News reports that the seminar which was organized in collaboration with the Unique Centre for Peace Building and Trauma Healing, Jos, Plateau State, has the theme, reconciling and creating avenues for future leadership.
Addressing the students of Government Secondary School, Zango and that of Tafawa Balewa Memorial College, Samaru Kataf, on Thursday, the leader of the group, Mr. Mugu Zakka, said the program was organized to compliment the efforts of the Chairman in strengthening genuine peace and reconciliation within the local government area.
Mr. Zakka who is also Chief executive officer, Unique Centre for Peace Building and Trauma Healing, Jos, Plateau State, said it was high time people come to terms and learn to respect their differences by living in peace with each other, even as he disabused the mines of the students against segregating each other based on faiths or ethnicity.
He noted with dismay how the older generation who are expected to guide and teach the younger ones how they lived in the past with their neighbors, are even the ones teaching them how to hate and despise their neighbors who are not of the same faith with them.
One of the speakers Mr. Yusuf Wayo, who on how the students can be better leaders tomorrow, pointed out that they can not grow to be good leaders if they allow themselves to be used as tools for division along religious or ethnic lines.
He encouraged the students to begin to change the mindset towards having a better future, adding that they only succeed if they begin to do the right things at the right time.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Chairman, Zango Kataf Local Government on Youth and Sports Development, Mr. James Nba, who challenged the students to make good use of what they have learnt during the cause of the program, also advised to take the message of peace wherever they go.
Some of the students who spoke in an interview with Salama News, thanked the organizers of the program for opening their eyes and minds to the reality of life and pledged a change in attitude going forward.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of prices by the team to the best students in Arts and Sciences for the Seniors and the best overall student in the Junior Secondary Schools, as well as the Head Boy and Head Girl of the Schools visited.