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A Nigeria-based Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Center for Peace Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has established Peace and Environmental Clubs (PEC) to catch them young in Delta State in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.
The Delta State peace and environment clubs programme was flagged off at Obiaruku Grammar School, Obiaruku, while the State peace and environment clubs were inaugurated for three public secondary schools in the three senatorial district across the state as well the host Umuebu kingdom.
A facilitator and coordinator were nominated who will helped to coordinate and facilitate the process in the selected schools and community.
This initiative is geared towards achieving the educational aspect of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the initiative will soon be expanded to other public secondary schools in States such as Bayelsa, Niger, Lagos and the FCT, Abuja
The facilitators for the in-School are Mr. Oreva Idudhe, Egbabor Okezi; from Kokodiagbene Secondary School, Warri South West LGA, Delta South; Mr. Dedevwo Wilson, Daramola Fortune represent Okene Secondary School, Okoukoko, Okpe LGA Delta Central and Obiaruku Grammar School; Otutu Henry, Iloh Esther for Delta North, while the out-school has Mrs. Uzu Peace and Mr. Onyeuku Stanley as the facilitators for Umuebu kingdom.
The Chief Inspector of Education in Ukwuani LGA, represented by the Deputy CIE Mr. Osuenene Lucky, inaugurated the club, while Chief Enubodo Lucky represented the Umuebu kingdom
National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, represented by CEPEJ's Corporate Communications Manager, Rita Ehimen, commended the various schools and communities for supporting the PEC initiative.
According to him, PECs will promote a culture of peace and sustainable environmental best practices among young people. He said the PECs initiative gives girls and boys a safe space within which they can acquire skills that help students navigate the challenges of everyday life, and that the initiative would enable them develop into healthy, responsible, productive adults.
This he said, will further enhance their self-esteem, a major key to success in life, adding that the development of self-esteem is extremely fundamental to the happiness and success of students.
The CEPEJ Coordinator stressed that the PEC initiative would help to increase academic performance for those in school, support social skills and make it easier for members to keep healthy relationships, since they will be well equipped to cope with mistakes, disappointments and failures.
The inauguration ceremony was performed by Mr. Osuenene Lucky, Deputy CIE, while the Vice Principal of Obiaruku Grammar School was nominated as the State PEC Coordinator, Ugbe 1, Oluronke and gave the assurance that the inaugurated facilitators who were people with integrity drawn from various schools, would do their jobs diligently.