The Lutheran Church in Liberia Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program (LCL-THRP) has concluded a day interactive Pre-runoff Election Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding media engagement workshop in the country.
The workshop, which was held recently in the multi-purpose conference room of the Lutheran Church in Liberian on 13th Street, Sinkor, brought together over 26 journalists from both the print and electronic media houses in Liberia with support from the Church of Sweden.
Welcoming the participants during the opening of the day workshop, Rev. Korboi M. Weegie, the Director of LCL-THRP expressed happiness that the media are always willing to attend whenever invited.
According to a release from the Lutheran Church, this is the second time this year that the LCL-THRP has engaged the press for similar reasons.
Director Weegie stressed that this is a good sign of Liberia’s growth and development. Notwithstanding, the Director also indicated that sometimes the media report in ways that negatively affect on the country.
He then encouraged participants to pay attention to whatever will be discussed so that they and their entities and Liberia can benefit from the shared knowledge as their role in maintaining Liberia’s peace and stability is paramount.
He stressed that the role of the media should never be underestimated by the church, society, and the government.
In a special remark, the Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo, Bishop of the LCL called on the media to take greater advantage of the pre-runoff Election Conflict Resolution and peacebuilding engagement workshop, given that the media is primarily responsible to drive the country’s agenda for sustainable peace worldwide and Liberia is no exception.
The media engagement initiative of the LCL-THRP coincided with the visit of Madam Annierose Albertsen, an International Project Officer (IPO) of the Church of Sweden (CoS). Annierose has been in the country speaking with partners on areas of greater intervention for LCL-THRP and the people of Liberia.
She thanked the workshop organizers for considering the media as a tool for the advancement of Liberia’s peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, the workshop was facilitated by J. Lazarus Flomo, Training Officer, LCL-THRP, E. Gbellay Harris, Regional Officer, Monrovia Region and Mikael Lindgren of the Church of Sweden.
The LCL- THRP runs a twin program which includes the Community-based programs that focus on building the capacities of local Animators and institutional personnel, including other potential stakeholders within targeted communities and institutions.
The other program is a Work Among Security Agencies that has do with Liberia’s Security personnel including other law enforcement officers that are needed to continuously undergo psychosocial and rehabilitation training.
These trainings are intended to provide new skills and knowledge for them in addressing issues relating to human rights, security ethics, code of conduct, security civilian relationship as well as institutionalizing peace building in the Liberian security sector. Some of the hard core trainers toward these endeavors are
selected from the National Security Network for Peace, a network formed by graduates from the training. –Press release