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Workshop for Catholic Communications Practitioners Held in Tanzania

According to Fides News Service in an article on October 20, 2010:

“Reading the signs of the times, the peace and tranquility of our society has been threatened by the many wars and political instability,” said Fr. Simon Tengesi, the Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Arusha, at the opening of a workshop for Catholic radio workers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, taking place in the Tanzanian city. The workshop will conclude on October 22.

Fr. Tengesi, who spoke on behalf of Archbishop Josephat Lebulu of Arusha, said that the many conflicts in the region had become a challenge to the Catholic Church which is forced to integrate conflict mitigation mechanisms in its pastoral duties. The Vicar General of Arusha urged media practitioners to commit themselves to be instruments for peace.

According to the CISA News Agency of Nairobi, the workshop was organized by the AMECEA (Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa) Communications Department with the support of the Raskob Fooundation for Catholic Activities, a US based funding agency.

In his welcome address, Fr. Chrisantus Ndaga, the AMECEA Communications Secretary, said that the workshop is one of the AMECEA Secretariat’s strategies for the Church in Eastern Africa to start a close collaboration in addressing various issues of common concern in the region.

Fr. Ndaga asked the Catholic media practitioners from these countries to help the people in the region to make the right decisions in promoting peace and to identify the negative effects of conflicts and violence in the region. The AMECEA Communications Secretary also asked them to assist Church leaders in the fight against corruption, greed, ethnocentricism, poverty, and hunger.

Moral Education in Burundi
According to Hermenegilde Rwantabagu, author of “Moral education in a post-conflict context: the case of Burundi," published in Vol. 39, Issue 3, in the September 2010 issue of Journal of Moral Education, (pages 345-352), “Burundi, like the rest of the Great Lakes region, has been shaken by widespread inter-communal divisions and violent conflict. It is commonly believed that the troubled history of Burundian society has been due to the lack of a consistent moral dimension in school curricula. It is this obvious gap that the Catholic Church, through its Moral Education Programme initiated in 2005, sought to address.” (Copyrighted article available here.)

Peace Education Website
The website of The African Centres for Peace Education and Training offers a broad overview of this subject, including a listing of organizations engaged in peace education, information resources, lists of user groups, links to peace museums, a slide show on building peace, and a list of upcoming events.

Research on Peace Education
Coventry University is conducting research on peace education in Uganda. This report summarizes the researchers’ key findings.