InterChange 4 Peace, a non governmental organization was launched on November 16th, 2010 in South Western Uganda at a function in Kabale town that was attended by hundreds of people that included civil servants, farmers, businessman and student.
Muslim District Khadi south Western Uganda, Sheikh Ahmed Bujura, blessed and commissioned the, Interchange 4 Peace Chapter, at function that was held at Makanga hill, just outside Kabale municipality.
In his remarks, Sheikh Bujara reminded people that all faiths in the world tend to promote love, tolerance and brotherhood among mankind.
Before the launch, Ibrahim Begumisa, a retired Educationalist and the host of the fun, commended Interchange 4 peace for its efforts in promoting togetherness and international peace among people and nations through tolerance and conflict resolution.
The launch of Interchange in South western Uganda coincided with The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Tolerance which is also observed on November 16 each year to help people understand the importance of tolerance worldwide.
The Board member, Issa Kirarira, said that It is an annually occasion observed to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance.
In 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public (resolution 51/95 of 12 December).
This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the Assembly in 1993 (resolution 48/126).
The Year had been declared on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO.
On 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member States also adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
This is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others. It is also a time of reflection and debate on the negative effects of intolerance.
Live discussions and debates take place across the world on this day, focusing on how various forms of injustice, oppression, racism and unfair discrimination have a negative impact on society.
Many educators use this day to teach people to understand issues centered on tolerance, human rights and non-violence.
Information on the day is disseminated through flyers, posters, news articles and broadcasts, and other promotional material to raise people’s awareness about the importance of tolerance.
Other activities include essays, dialogues and story-telling of people’s personal accounts of intolerance and how it affects their lives.
The function attracted over 60 people that included civil servants, senior citizens and students from higher institutes of learning.
Members present, unanimously appointed Bwogi Buyera, local journalist, to oversee the activities of Interchange 4 peace Kabale chapter on an interim basis.
Prepared by, Bwogi Buyera John.
## -Journalist now attached to the New Vision Media House (Uganda)
1-Team leader, Interchange 4 Peace, South Western Uganda.
2-Vice Chairman, Press Club, South Western Uganda
3-Executive Member, Reproductive Health Uganda. Kigezi Region.
4-Executive Member, Kabale District Environmental Management Forum.
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