By Sarafina Christopher
Abuja, Sept. 27, 2022 (NAN) The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Collaboration with the Federal ministry of Education (FMOE) and FCT Universal Basic Education Board has harped on the need for moral uprightness among young people in order to develop intellectual minds and good judgment.
The call was made on Tuesday in Abuja during a 3- day workshop on character education for head teachers and teachers of pilot schools.
Amb. Paul Bohoh, the Chairman Peace and Conflict committee, UPF FCT said that the unbridled influence of the social media has a demoralizing effect on the youths as a result of their undue exposure to the sensationalism, violence and bloodshed among others through their day to day encounters.
“In the face of this demoralizing effects , there is a need for a balance treatment in developing the intellectual mind and moral judgment of our young people.
“It is imperative for us to further equip our future generation with the ability to exercise critical thinking and informed moral judgment so that they can harness changes with time,
“Also emerge as independently minded and responsible moral beings ready to contribute to the betterment of society and world at large.
“Peace and Character Education by common consent provides the answers to the challenges above mentioned,”he said.
Bohoh also added that education plays an important role essentially to the well-being of students, society, nation and the world.
“In Chinese tradition, while a man of talents topping the social ladder is awarded high status in society, a man of virtue (or good character), integrity, respect, responsibility among others gains greater honor.
“Conversely a man with social status and without character will comman little or no respect.
“This gives the notion that peace and character building is gaining universal appeal, we believe that the value for building good character promotes achievement in all areas of life.”Bohoh said.
Futher more Rev. George Ogurie Sub Regional Director, Universal Peace Federation, West Africa noted that the workshop will educate and sensitize teachers in some selected schools in FCT.
“We are running a peace and character education program and we want to make it popular in schools and we are training teachers to carry this program to the school.
“This values we’ve spoken about is our there and we know them but they have been neglected so it’s our responsibility to bring back the lost value systems in order to have a healthy society.
“So we will keep going to schools, communities and religious organizations to bring awareness and ensure that this value systems are restored.”Ogurie said
In her remarks, Dr Giginna Ifeyinwa, Director, Education Support Service, Federal ministry of reduction, represented by Dr Apeh Adrew, Chief Education Office, FMOE who declared the event opened, said that this workshop will be beneficial for the future of our young people.
“Many people are concern about the social behavior among our children today in the moral development of our children, there are so many issues like violence, drug abuse, sexual abuse among others we continue to find among our youths.
“Therefore it is important for young people to learn good moral behaviors and character and this will help our children to become conscious and committed to doing the right thing because it will be beneficial to them and the society.”he said.(NAN).