Cultural artistes are coming together to promote peace in schools with the anti-violence campaign being launched at all secondary schools across the island.
The initiative being implemented by the Ministry of Education spreads the message of peace to students through artistes that they view as role models.
On Thursday, at the Grantley Adams Memorial School, students joined in singing the campaign song with Faith, Mole, Peter Ram and Phillip 7 and gained a better understanding that ‘peace begins with me’. The entertainers donated armbands with the words Talk It Out, Violence Solves Nothing to each student.
Barbados TODAY interviewed Mole who stated that he was pleased to be involved with the campaign and to inspire the youth.
“It has been a great experience. I like working with the youth because they cling to me. So once I can help them and cut down the violence I like it,” he said.
Meanwhile, veteran entertainer Peter Ram said he would like more artistes to come on board.
“The more artistes that get involved, the more serious the step is going to be. Instead of [us] four, you get about eight more to convey and preach [the message] to let them know that this is a serious thing,” he said, adding that the campaign song should be played more often on the radio stations.
“So the deejays do their part and not only the artistes. So any tune; it does not have to be this tune, but you push it in this space, you could do half an hour,” he said.
The group also took an anti-bullying stance with Faith stating that persons should live as one family and not try to make someone feel inferior.
“For me, bullying is not making any sense as you will unfair a child today. That is not making you any better, that is not advancing you in life or anything but you’re just making another child feel bad or inferior. I would encourage everyone to live as one. As the campaign song says – we are one family, so treat each other as a brother or sister,” she said.
She gained support from Phillip 7 who said that bullying made no sense because young people would take the same negative traits into the world of work.
“At the end of the day, no one wins. If you bully at school you would take that same attitude into the workplace and that is your future you are tampering with,” he said.
Veteran entertainer Peter Ram also joined in giving an example of a man who was bullied at his alma mater St George Secondary School who arrested his bully after he became involved in crime.
“I live to see the guy that [was] getting his head slap all the time who went and do a [course] and became the police. And the guy that was slapping him [in his head] end up doing crime and he is the same man that went to collect him and he [the bully] was apologizing and begging the man for a break,” he said, adding that bullying is the reason that the man ended up involved in criminal activity.
Mole also noted that he saw everyone as equal therefore bullying made no sense.
“I believe all of [us] are equal. Bullying [doesn’t] make sense at all because nobody is more than anybody. Because I [am] Mole the artiste does not mean that I am more than a fan. Bullying does not make sense, you do not get [anything] out if it other than a laugh but it hurts people’s feelings, so it does not make sense,” he said.
The students of Grantley Adams Memorial thoroughly enjoyed the performances with some of them asking for autographs as well as photos as keepsakes.
The artistes have performed at eight secondary schools thus far and are planning to cover the remaining 17 by the end of the school term. (LG)