Annual Exhibit, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of
Andrew Greene of iEARN Sierra Leone was featured in this UN
exhibit in 2004 and was privileged to view it in 2005.
This exhibit illustrates the importance of building a culture of
peace at all levels and across geographical lines. The exhibit highlights
the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution,
while showcasing the essays and artwork of children who are destined
to inherit this task. Click here
to see the entire 2005 exhibit.
Drawing submitted by Garrett, courtesy of of www.bullying.org.
If you are someone working on the issue of
bullying who has already developed resources, programs and expertise
about the issues relating to bullying and teasing, please visit
to share your information through the "Helpful Resources"
section of the website. It is important to let others know that
they can go for help or support through www.bullying.org.
iEARN Sierra Leone co-participated in the www.bullying.org tele-collaborative
project which deals with the issue of bullying at school. This was
a collaborative attempt to address the issues of bullying and teasing.
In the spring of 1999, one week after two students went on a deadly
rampage at a high school in Colorado, a similar attack struck Taber,
Alberta Canada. A 14-year-old boy opened fire inside W.R. Myers
High School. One student was killed, another was wounded. Within
hours after the shooting, stories began to emerge of the relentless
bullying the accused had previously endured. As a result, iEARN
Canada's Coordinator, Bill Belsey registered the domain name
and asked others if they wanted to contribute submissions which
would be published on the website in order to help others around
the world deal with bullying and teasing.
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'Educating on Peace and Reconciliation after a Decade of War'
This website, entitled http://peacereconcile.virtualactivism.net,
is a tele-collaborative project between iEARN Sierra Leone and Virtual
Activism USA. Our efforts through this site have been earned us
second prize at the 2003 ChildNet Awards in the not-for-profit category.
Please visit our photo
gallery to see photos of the awards ceremony.
The goal is for students to interact and share ideas about peace
and try to explore their talents in various forms on the theme of
peace and reconciliation.
We hope to fully implement the peace and reconciliation programme
in schools and communities in order to educate the youth, and in
so doing, drastically reduce the rate of conflict within schools.
We predict that conflict will drop substantially as children are
more empowered to use their artistic talents to educate their peers,
parents, and communities about peace. We also predict that school
and community leaders will become more effective in transmitting
the skills and knowledge required for the non-violent resolution
of conflict, and that individuals will be encouraged to integrate
what they have learned into their daily professional and personal
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Award for Film: "My last hope"
last hope is a film done with help from WH
The 2003 New Media movie entitled 'My Last Hope' illustrates how
young people of war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone face enormous
challenges of healing from trauma related to war, HIV/AIDS, and
unemployment. To these young people, education through information
technology and new media is their last hope and iEARN Sierra Leone
has braced itself to offer these possibilities.
A shortlisted winner in the 2003 Listen Up project 'Beyond Borders,'
the team of young film makers are now moving forward to utilizing
the video camera to produce short stories of how they grapple with
fear and build security around that fear.
The Hague Intl' Model UN Conference (THIMUN) exists "to
uphold the ideals of the United Nations Among The Young," involves
youth in making the United Nations "effective and responsive to
the needs of the people worldwide." - KOFI ANAN, SECRETARY GENERAL
OF THE U.N.
On January 28th, 2004, Andrew Benson Greene, Jr. (iEARN SL's National
Coordinator) had the honor to be summoned as a Guest Speaker to
the 36th session of The Hague International Model UN by the THIMUN
Foundation. The overall theme of the THIMUN conference this year
was Information, A Power for Change.'
Greene spoke amongst several renowned speakers including Lucie
de Lophem of UNHCR, The Hague. His speech was entitled The
Question of the Promotion and Protection of The Rights of Children,
with particular focus on children in areas of armed conflicts. Like
previous speeches and workshops delivered in Beijing, Capetown,
Moscow, UK, Geneva, etc., he shared his native country Sierra Leones
tragedy of its children being torn and tattered apart from family
and friends through recurrent acts of violence emanating from the
Greene made mention of the far-reaching effects of physical and
emotional scars left on the more than 300,000 children due to warfare.
He emphasized the extent of human barbarism of childrens hands
being hacked by the sheer brutality of a rebel group in Sierra Leone.
Greene also suggested that to assure human rights, the global community
must constantly express support and solidarity to the children of
the world who are caught up in wars, and that they must be prepared
to help the children in any possible way. In turn, the children
and youth will be inclined to raise awareness of the need to protect
childrens rights on a global level, thereby building a solid
foundation for peace and human rights.
Andrew Greene on the importance of THIMUN:
"When I first heard several years ago about The Hague International
Model United Nations (THIMUN), I was not quite convinced of the
impact such a simulation could make to the UN and humanity as a
whole. My thoughts were that merely having young people brainstorm
issues of the UN at such a conference, when decisions at the UN
are made by their seniors, rendered the exercise ludicrous. But
my perceptions have since changed as I realized that THIMUN delegates
were youth who could do more than merely brainstorm, but who also
have the verve to put their thoughts into concrete action upon returning
to their respective countries. More often than not, the resolutions
taken at THIMUN are constructive and presented in the form of an
action paper that can be unitized by UN organizations."
Helps Spread Messages of Peace
MY HERO is a partner of iEARN Sierra Leone helping to spread the
message of the Childsoldier.org Project and supporting the growth
and development of the iEARN Youth Center in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to MY HERO, the center will have temporary internet connection
to facilitate a collaborative project for iEARN SL youths.
Members of iEARN Sierra Leone have been featured on The MY HERO
Project web site. MY HERO is proud to share the stories and art
work of the members of iEARN Sierra Leone with teachers and children
in schools around the world. Andrew Greene, Jr. is featured as a
and Peacemaker Hero .
ART WORK of Tormusa Koroma of Sierra Leone is featured on MY
WORK of Sheku A. Turay of Sierra Leone is featured on MY HERO.
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Although the stories told by the children in www.childsoldiers.org
are agonising, they are true and authentic, and not tainted by the
lens of mass media journalism. Through their compelling artwork,
drawings and music, our youth are bringing the seriousness of the
issue to the international community through the Internet.
Commendation for Child Soldiers Project
is an ongoing tele-collaboration project between iEARN SL and iEARN
Canada. It is a multimedia showcase of essays, images and music
that tells of the human toll of our civil war -- a showcase all
created with the contributions of students and youth.
This project has touched the hearts of many people.
The UN's Office of Displaced Persons in New York is considering
it as a potential model for use in four additional parts of the
world that have been affected by war: Uganda, Sri Lanka, Cambodia
and Palestine. This focus on the human rights of children used in
armed conflict was the subject of a national broadcast in Canada.
In much the same way, our collaborative efforts have won us laurels.
We have been commended by the UK based 2002 'Cable And Wireless
ChildNet Awards' in the not-for-profit category. http://www.childnetacademy.org.
The www.childsoldiers.org tele-collaborative
project has moved into a new, wider and equally contemporary phase,
the 'Peace and Reconciliation stage.' The website for this new stage
has been awarded 2nd prize by the 2003 'Cable and Wireless ChildNet
Awards' - you can visit it at http://peacereconcile.virtualactivism.net.
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