Benin hosts international meeting on peace

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A three-day sub-regional meeting on the culture of peace in Africa opened in Porto Novo Thursday.
The gathering is expected to identify the causes and forms of conflicts in Africa and determine the role of education in attaining peace.
The meeting is organised by UNESCO, the International Francophonie organisation and the Pan-African centre for social prospective (CPPS).
According to the CPPS director Albert Ekue, the meeting has brought together researchers, historians, sociologists and politicians from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Ekue said participants will reflect on the past and recent causes of wars in Africa and would attempt to map out strategies that would help forestall their frequent reoccurrence.
"They are also expected to design programmes and teaching aids with a view to stamping them (wars) out of the continent," the director said.
"Conflicts take root in the minds of the people themselves and there is thus need to develop a culture of peace in the youth," Ekue said.
He underscored the importance of the use of the new information and communications technologies in resolving conflicts in Africa.

06 september 2001 19:14:00

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