UNZA ladies led by Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Grace Tembo and Deputy Registrar Administration, Ms Mubanga Mulenga, celebrates the UN International Day of Peace in the UNZA Jubilee Graden of Unity, Peace & Wellness on Thursday, 21st September 2017.

Ladies from the University of Zambia (UNZA) joined the rest of the world in the commemoration of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace on Thursday, 21st September 2017 under the theme; “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all”.

This day is commemorated on 21st September every year around the globe. The UN General Assembly has declared this day as the time devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.

UNZA Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase, who was represented by Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Grace Y. Tembo, said, “Sometimes, it is not clear to many what peace means. Some might believe that peace is just the absence of war, but it is more than that. To avoid war we need to be able to build bridges, to combat discrimination, to struggle for justice and human rights for all.”

Prominent people among them was Dean of School of Education, Dr Oswell Chakulimba, and Deputy Registrar Administration, Ms Mubanga G. Mulenga.

Prof. Tembo-Mwase further said, “It is, therefore, extremely important to have all of us to engage in works that advance peace in the world and, in particular, in Zambia and more so, at the University of Zambia.”

She said that this year’s International Day of Peace would focus on engaging and mobilising people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.

Additionally, during the commemorations, messages of peace would be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people who are concerned that refugees and migrants might bring physical and economic insecurities to their lives.

Prof. Tembo-Mwase said that the day would highlight solidarity with refugees, migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it would be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

She also urged young people to play a vital role as volunteers to welcome and help refugee in their communities. Young people have a privilege to extend a hand of friendship to young refugees and migrants who they might meet in their classrooms and neighborhood.

UNZA ladies commemorated the UN International Day of Peace through a church service which was held at the UNZA Chapel under a Catholic priest, Father Roy Thaden. This was followed by a tour of the UNZA Jubilee Garden of Unity, Peace and Wellness, which was officially launched on 29th May 2016 by first Republican President and first Chancellor of UNZA, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, at the Great East Road campus of UNZA.

By Evans Nyoni