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PCC Peace Office introduces Arts4Peace to Reduce Conflict

Workshop Participants and PCC Officials

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon under it's Peace Work Office on Monday 16 to Friday 20, August 2021 in Buea trained and inspired 13 community youth leaders on Arts/Paintings for Peace.

Participants selected from the North West, South West, Littoral and the Centre Regions benefited innovative trainings on how to use arts and painting works to depict peace, tolerance, reconciliation, reconstruction and social cohesion.

Opening the workshop, Rev Nta William Nche, the National Peace Coordinator of the PCC, said the church in its peace effort uses diverse strategies to transform conflict, heal and build peace in communities.

Rev. Nta William Nche, PCC Peace Office National Coordinator

Quizzed on what shall become of the content produced after the workshop, Rev Nta explained that it is first of all to transform the individual and also for Peace Building and Social Cohesion. The Peace office National coordinator insisted that the content will also be available on various social media platforms and mass dissemination.

To the Acting Programme Officer, Mr Nyongamsen Ndasi, Arts/Painting for peace is a means of recounting and expressing some of the sad stories, heal trauma victims, give voices to other groups of people.

Gilbert Ndasi, Acting Programme Officer PCC Peace Office

The Arts4Peace workshop was facilitated by Mambe Njikofore Mande Nnonge and Boris Kharloff Batata, two renowned Arts and Painting experts in the South West region.

At the close of the 5-days workshop at the PCC Synod office in Buea, the Synod Clerk of the PCC, Rev. Miki Hans Abia, congratulated the participants and challenged them to use the aspects of arts and painting in preaching peace in their respective communities.

Rev. Miki Hans, Synod Clerk PCC

The Arts4Peace workshop comes to add on Theatre/Drama for Peace, Short Film/Video for Peace workshops all aimed at promoting peace and enhancing social cohesion in the society.

Organised with support from the Civil Peace Service, CPS, the three workshops held on the theme “Developing Creative Potentials For Peace in Youth”.

By Nji Nelson Chefor
Photo credit: GPmedia

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