From Uche Uche Damaturu.
In an effort to nip in the bud causes of violence that has bedeviled the country which, apart from the destruction of lives and properties, slows down meaningful development, the Centre for Information Technology and Development has trained 40 teachers.
Speaking to our reporter in an interview shortly after the end of the training ceremony, which took place at the GSS Damaturu, the programme officer, peace and conflict CITAD, Isah Garba, said the essence of the training is to provide the advisers with entrepreneur skills that would help them in fighting some drivers of conflicts which he said, is poverty, in the effort to ensure that peace rains in the society.
He stated that by using ICT skill, the student for peace could use social media in sending peace messages, and countering hate and dangerous speeches online, and thus help to promote peace in the country.
He revealed that CITAD has established peace clubs in six secondary schools in the state and appointed selected advisers in the schools and they in turn also train others in the activities of CITAD.
These advisers and students are earlier taught the techniques of countering dangerous speeches or preventing them tactfully by interfering with this process in any of several ways that includes inhibiting the speech, limiting its dissemination, undermining the credibility of the speaker, or inoculating the audience against the speech so that it is less influential, or dangerous.