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Organization: International Day of Peace in the Gambia
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.


Banjul: Public hearing at Banjul City Council on policies and programs to support a culture of Peace, with youth and women leaders, policy makers and politicians in attendance. A statement was given by the Minister for Interior. At Kanifing Housing estate, a public presentation denouncing violence, while promoting cooperation and a culture of Peace and development was given by academia and civil society. Two football academies had a football match for Peace.


The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), Gambia Chapter, held a peace inspired picnic at the Palma Rima Beach on July 28, 2007 in observance of the 100 Days of Peace (June 13 – September 21) in commemoration of the 2007 International Day of Peace. One hundred and twenty Peace Pals/ Youth for Peace attended the picnic, the main aim of which was to encourage physical fitness, an optimistic attitude, friendship, harmony, and appreciation of nature. Amid activities like games and dancing, the representative of the WPPS, Emeka Ignatius Onyekwere, spoke on the significance of the celebration, the importance of positive thinking shaping one‟s actions, and the need for a harmonious, loving co-existence. The event ended with the students singing “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and the distribution of peace souvenirs.


The Gambia Chapter of WPPS organized events on September 21, in celebration of International Day of Peace and the launch of “Education for Sustainable Development” (2005-2014). The Chapter inaugurated a Peace Pal Club at the Cates International Academy, Kotu East, which was commemorated with a  symposium on the theme “Sustaining a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence in the Gambia and the West African Subregion”. After opening prayers and welcoming remarks by the Vice President of Cates Academy, there was a brief description of the history of WPPS, with an invitation to the audience to get involved in Peacebuilding. The program also included several speeches: Pastor Samuel Mubele spoke on the theme “The spiritual dimensions of Peace, nonviolence and sustainable development”, Mrs. Mercy Egbuchulem held a lecture entitled “Teaching about Peace” and Saikou S.S. Camara talked about “Sustaining a culture of Peace and nonviolence in The Gambia and West Africa that will create an enabling environment for development”. There were song,  dance and poem performances as well as a flag ceremony carried out by students.

A combined activity was conducted by the New Era for Peace and Freedom Foundation and the Kalagi Peace Pals in Serrekunda on September 21. At the Kalagi school hall, the group paid a concerted respect to global Peace by proclaiming "May Peace Prevail on Earth" and performing songs, poems and riddles. During the celebration, teachers talked to students of the need for world Peace and nonviolence. The message of Peace was spread through posters, pictures and drama that condemned threats to world Peace.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

On a global level, reported events for the International Day of Peace continue to grow year after year (see the website listed above):

In the 2005 Report, 155 Peace Day events in 47 countries are presented.

The 2007 records show that:
* We had 623 commitments across the world
* 70 countries
* 225 cities (outside of the USA)
* 42 US states
* An estimate of nearly 500,000 participants
* An average of 500 people per event

2009 annual report listed 700+ events

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

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PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The International Day of Peace is an annual event.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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