The role of culture in sustaining peace and unity for national development
Published On: 12 Dec 2014
Theme For The 2014 Ngmayem
Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by human beings as members of society.
It may also be seen as the connective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group of category of people from another.
One may also define it as a way a group of people live, behave and commercial led lighting do their things collectively in a society. The culture of peace is a set of values, attributes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject and prevent violence by tackling the root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups, clans, ethnics and nations.
For peace and non-violence to prevail, we need to:
Foster a culture of peace through education by reusing the educational curricula to promote qualitative valued, attitudes and behaviors of culture of peace, including peaceful conflict - resolution, dialogue, consensus – building and active non-violence.
Ensure adequate gender balance through full participation of women in economic, social and political decision making, elimination of all of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and children, support and assistance to the needy.
Promote sustainable economic and social economic and social development by reducing economic and social inequalities, poverty, and assuring sustainable food, security, social justice, durable panerai Luminor marina replica watches solutions to debt problems, employment of women, special needs and environmental sustainability.
Protect and respect for all human rights: Human rights and peace are complementary; whenever conflict and violence dominate, there is no possibility to ensure human rights and where there is no human right, there can be no culture of peace.
Foster democratic participation: indispensable foundations for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security and democratic principles, practices and participation in all sectors of security. A transparent and accountable governance and administration, the combat against terrorism, organized crime, corruption, illicit drugs and money laundering and so on are essential ingredients for stable peace.
Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity: To abolish conflict and violence, there is the need to transcend and overcome enemy images with understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all people and cultures. Learning from our differences, through dialogue and the exchange of information is an enriching process to foster lasting peace and unity.
Annually, citizens of Manya klo gather in their numbers to celebrate the Ngmayem festival. This celebration is made possible by our Almighty God and relative peace that prevails among the citizenry.
Peace is very integral in our development locally and naturally. Let us all pray that the relative peace that we enjoy now will continue to prevail among us until the next Ngmayem.
Oklibone! Kpanyamuc!! Jehane ya ne ba na wc!!!
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