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As part of continuous contributions toward the sustenance of peace in Liberia, a civil society group under the banner, Young Ambassadors for Peace Liberia has for the first time launched a National Peace Essay Competition in the country.

YAPL was recommended, vetted, qualified amongst numbers of major civil society organizations to spearhead the competition for university students within Liberia that is fertilized in the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia.

The institution since its participation in the Accra Peace Accord in 2003 represented by the late Board chair Ambassador Mary Brownell was commissioned by Universal Peace Federation as a non-political and non-governmental institution in 2008, accredited by UN volunteer headquarters in Germany, has allowed the organization to work in different peace and reconciliation activities for the last 14 years of peace and stability in Liberia.

Speaking during the launch Thursday in Sinkor, YAPL executive director D. Momo Taylor affirmed that the institution has been able to implement the following peace initiatives with the involvement of youth from different sectors of society.

He added that some of the initiatives implemented by the YAPL include the peace and reconciliation tournament conducted in the 73-electoral district across the country, as well as the implementation of a three-day workshop with 40 participants from the 22 political parties youth wings and major civil society organizations, thus leading to the signing of a joint resolution denouncing any form of electoral violence before, during and after the 2017 elections.

The bringing in country veteran orator of Africa, Prof. Dr. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of Nairobi, Kenya to join with over five local motivational speakers to speak to Liberians from all counties on the importance of genuine peace and reconciliation a Road Map to Elections in October 2017, is also part of the institution`s initiative to ensuring stability and a violence free election.

D. Momo Taylor said: “after writing numerous of proposals to local and international institutions gearing toward the upcoming elections to sponsor segments of our peace and reconciliation activities, only one of those institutions played a helping role in recommending the YAPL.”

Taylor further explained that “a university student will choose president of his or her choice with subject heading that this is my president, state his or her name below the subject heading and then write 5,000 words giving reasons why he or she is their president.”

According to him, the idea is to pick any Liberian that is believed to be elected as president of the country in October and provide reasons of one’s choice. Taylor indicated that an independent panel of scholars will review the essays and choose the top three before the end of June this year, and that the winning selections will be those that are well written and persuasive.

He further mentioned that there will be three best essays selected from first, second and third places. Momo Taylor said “winners of the competition will be taken at three major media institutions after the pronouncement and their essays will be published in both the local and international dailies.”

He applauded the Federation of Liberia Youth, the Peace Building Office, and office of the National Peace Ambassadors headed by William R. Tolbert amongst others for recommending the implementation of the National Essay Competition that soon to begin in the country.
“Our legal stability, accountability, transparency and historical profile have allowed us to implement bigger projects including this national peace essay competition for all university students,” he boasted.

By: R. Joyclyn Wea

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