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PALS bats for gentler, more peaceful Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | March 6, 2012

Today is being celebrated as Peace Day and Jamaicans have been urged to make a change in the society by getting involved in its activities if they want peace.

'Love Jamaica! Live in Peace!' is the theme for the day of celebration.

The day's activities are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. at The Gleaner Company's Sports Club with items lined up from schools, entertainers and a keynote address from Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.

Janilee Abrikian, general manager of the Peace and Love in Society (PALS) programme said she was encouraging institutions such as schools, to observe peace for the entire month instead of only one day.

High hopes

She said she has high hopes that Jamaica's crime and violence rate will soon be reduced.

"I feel very excited about where Jamaica is at. We have a new Government which always brings new hope. It is the 50th year of Independence as well and that is a huge milestone," Abrikian said.

"Those two factors in particular fill me with excitement that we can really continue to work towards reducing crime and violence and the murder rate, and then towards transforming the culture to become a gentler society," she explained.

All Jamaica is being asked to demonstrate their support for the PALS programme by wearing something blue and observing the theme.

PALS is operated by a non-profit foundation promoting non-violent solutions nationally and within the school system.