Last week, August 12, several countries, including Liberia, commemorated the International Youth Day to honor the actions of young people around the world to improve their well-being and that of their communities. During the said week, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia in close collaboration with the Catholic Media Center, Radio Veritas launched ;“Youth Media Education Program”(YMEP).In sic with the theme for this year’s IYD: “Youth Civic Engagement” and in preparation for the Conference on Youth Involvement in Peace and Security, Amman-Jordan, to which the Executive Director of MOP-Liberia has been selected from a list of over ten thousand applicants across the globe, MOP Liberia organized schools debate on highlighting the role as well as the meaningful involvement of young people in peace and security. The theme of the debate: “Should young people be involved in peace and security issues?”We agreed that in actualizing the role of young people in peace and security, it is essential to deal directly with the issues of poverty, cronyism and corruption. Youth should first ask themselves if they are part of the problems or the solution and if they have done enough for their school and society, whether their attitudes and behaviours are in tune with national development.We also agreed the only way to defend peace is to sustain it. Young people, they argued play a cardinal role in maintaining peace and security, therefore, should be meaningfully involved.We concluded our debate and dialogue on the motion that for peace and security to prevail over conflicts, violence and war, government, policy makers and implementers must invest in social security and commit to a strategic partnership with young people.We must teach young people to live in peace and promote a culture that engages youth in poverty alleviation programmes, such as vocational and literary skills development. The issues of corruption, cronyism has to be dealt with at all level. We must also educate the population, especially those in positions of authority on what to do to take the lofty SDGs from rhetoric to reality. As Aristotle said: Good habits formed at youth make all the difference”Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia is keen to empower young people to unleash their potentials and form habits that put them in the right position. We cannot and must not be seen to encourage corrupt practices. Young people must be proud of their achievements and strive for excellence.Peace and Development in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of Ebola and the countdown to an Ebola free country is essential and achievable if we address issues of poverty, cronyism, bribe and corruption.Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the very important visitors to new MOP office located on Broad Street and look forward to others as we partner to eradicate Ebola from our country.Until next week, when we come to you with our concluding article on: “Ebola Educates: Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development-Part IV”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“They tried this last year,” said Mattel spokeswoman Lauren Dougherty, “but Barbie is still the number one fashion theme doll for the year in the United States and worldwide.” So who is the real princess? Neither, according to Alison Marek, the managing editor of TD monthly, a specialty toy trade magazine. “As far as (my readers) are concerned, neither Bratz or Barbie is the number one doll because they don’t want their kids playing with them,” she said. “A lot of parents would prefer that their kids find something that reflects their own peer group.” But the competition is healthy. “If somebody is breathing down your neck,” Marek said, “you need to think of the next thing.” email@example.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Let the catfight begin. If the toy industry is one big popularity contest, Barbie and Bratz are wrestling over the queen’s crown. Both claimed Monday to be the fashionable doll that has won the hearts – and purses – of little girls. The dueling claims are the latest in a drawn-out battle between the two doll makers that has included lawsuits, counter-lawsuits and backhanded gossip about the dolls. Both Mattel, which makes Barbie, and MGA Entertainment, which makes Bratz, can say they are number one by touting different statistics from the NPD Group, a market research firm. If you look at sales from the last three months of 2006 in the United States, Bratz reigns. After trailing in Barbie’s taller, thinner shadow for years, Bratz elbowed Barbie out of the way with 34 percent of sales in the fourth quarter, said Isaac Larian, head of MGA in Van Nuys. Mattel declined to disclose Barbie’s market share for the same period. “For the whole year they were just a little bit higher than us,” Larian said. “For the past seven years we have not been able to beat them. But we finally beat them.” Larian expects Bratz’s lead to last because January sales of the dolls increased by double digits. But Bratz’s lead disappears if you step back and examine sales from the entire year. Then, Barbie is the favorite.