PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON Sirleaf last Saturday issued a Proclamation declaring September 21, 2013, as “International Day Of Peace” which was observed throughout Liberia as a Working Holiday. The Proclamation requests Government Ministries and Agencies, the civil society, national and international organizations as well as learning and religious institutions, market and other dwelling places in the country to cease their usual movement and observe a Minute of Silence commencing at 12 noon on that day.
ACCORDING TO THE Proclamation, the Global Theme for this year’s Peace Day is “Education For Peace”; While the National Theme will be : “Peaceful Land: Building Peace Through Fair Land Policy”. The release further stressed that Liberia, which was among the first fifty (50) countries to sign the Charter establishing the United Nations on 24th October 1945, with the mandate to save further generations from the scourge of war and to promote world peace, is currently among those countries benefiting from the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions around the world.
THE PROCLAMATION STATES that the 2013 International Day of Peace celebration holds a special significance for the Government and People of Liberia as the nation reflects on land rights and tenure as critical factors for a secure, peaceful and inclusive Liberia. According to the Proclamation, Liberia has come to the realization that land ownership, administration and use remain challenging issues in which the nation attempts to address through a series of policies and laws intended to confront longstanding injustices to institute and promote peace, fair and just practices, adding that Education on the land rights policy has become an imperative relevant issue to the national context.
WE JOIN THE President in calling on all Liberians to continuously observe and keep the peace which Liberia is enjoying after years of devastating civil war that took the efforts of the United Nations (UN) and Liberia’s West African neighbors and peace loving Liberians to sustain. It is good that we live in peace to continue the efforts of nation building and the restoration of those national, cultural and infrastructural heritage that were destroyed as a result of the civil war.
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Global Theme for this year’s Peace Day which is “Education For Peace” coupled with the National Theme :“Peaceful Land: Building Peace Through Fair Land Policy”, we are also calling on the Government of Liberia to design strategies and or implement assisting laws that are in place to ensure the peaceful resolution of land disputes through the country. As we observe and are endeavoring to maintain and sustain this peace, fair but equitable land distribution in the country will go a long way in ensuring lasting peace for all. Let’s ensure that the issue of land is something that has the propensity to derail Liberia’s ten years of sustained peace, thus steps must be taken to address this issue with sincerity and a sense of fairness.
ON THE INTERNATIONAL theme for this year’s World Peace Day celebration which is “ Education for Peace,” authorities administering the affairs of the state should know that it is only education that can ensure the total liberation of people anywhere and as such serious emphasis must be placed on the education of the Liberian youths who without any doubt are the future leaders of the country. To sustain the peace, stakeholders in the educational sector must be held accountable to ensure the proper conduct of the sector and not only paying lip service to this great national endeavor.