By PIUS MON
A REMOTE village in the Nebilyer district, Western Highlands province, is serious about seeing tangible developments in the community.
And to begin with, a total of 38 participants including village leaders, pastors, youths, women leaders and others attended a two-week course on community justice at Kukubaga village and graduated with certificates this week.
The participants are now certified as community-based volunteer peace mediators, who will now assist village court officials and local leaders to negotiate for peace, if any problems arise within their families and the whole community.
According to the course facilitator Silas Paris, the aim of the workshop was to educate the local people, especially leaders, to understand the leadership role they play in negotiating peace in their areas.
He said it was through such courses that most leaders, who take on the leadership role in whatever fields of responsibility they are placed, to help understand and identify themselves first and then help assist others and the potential they possess in order to help the community on addressing issues affecting the communities.
Mr Paris said tribal fights and other law and order issues increase in most rural areas of our country simply because individuals and leaders did not understand themselves and the role they play in their own community.
He stressed that altitude problem was a major obstacle that hindered anybody in a given community to prosper, adding that people fail miserably to help themselves before assisting others as they set the phase for others to follow.
Mr Paris said if only the family unit maintained a cordial relationship, especially between spouses, other things in life would flow, adding the family unit is the core of any development and a foundation of peace and harmony.
Meanwhile, local leader Kela Bopi and John Monal both thanked the course facilitators for spending two weeks in imparting the vital ingredients of life that would now set the mood for peace to prevail in their areas.
The duo emphasised that most times people, including leaders did not take time to see the purpose of their existence and pin point others which then leads to tribal fights and other law and order problems in the societies or communities.
The recent training, they said, had now opened the eyes of most of them who have attended the training to negotiate for peace in an amicable way to please both partners and themselves.
The small, but significant graduation ceremony was witnessed by the local communities, leaders, church leaders and others.