Peace, Security Cannot be Sustained with the Barrel of a Gun– NRM MP

Arua District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Moureen Osoru has told the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) delegates that only education can guarantee the world peace and security as opposed to the military might that relies heavily on the barrel of the gun. 

“I want to assure all legislators all over the world that Peace and security is not won at the barrel of a gun and many military responses have been embraced by many leaders because they have failed to address root causes and instead they rush to address the symptoms and not the disease” She said. 

Osoru who is the outgoing President of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians of IPU and one of the MPs representing Uganda, made these remarks while addressing global legislators union at the opening of the general debate of the 140th IPU Assembly on April 7, 2019 in Doha, Qatar on the theme “Parliaments as platform to enhance education for peace, security and the rule of law.” 

With the growth in violent extremism, terrorism and hate, Osoru reiterated the late Kofi Annan’s call to use education as a mechanism for peace building. 

“No one is born a hater. No one is born a violent extremist. Hate is learned. To nip hate in the bud, we need to solve the problem at its root: in the minds and aspirations of young people. Education is the most powerful way to achieve this,” she argued. 

The legislator added that in as much as military interventions across the world are needed; the most sustainable approach to peace and reconciliation in the long term is education especially of the youth. 

She faltered Parliaments for failure to deliver on the laws that guarantee a sustainable future for children through education yet they pass billions of dollars in military finance with no tangible results to show for it. 

“In 2018, the world spent $1.7 trillion dollars on the military. What if just a fraction of this money was redirected to education? When it comes to our own children and grandchildren where we need to translate this into laws and policies, we are failing to deliver,” she explained. 

Osoru proposed an inclusive education with curricula that is routinely updated to meet the technological and market 5demands and pushed for new legislation that will facilitate a free education all the way to the university. 

Education today, she said, must be adapted to tomorrow’s jobs. We update our smartphones every few years, we should do the same with our schools. Young people today will work several jobs before they retire. 

“To have an agile job market, we need an agile education. We must also prepare for the shift towards greater online education, which will one day overtake traditional programmes,” the legislator concluded.

Members of Parliament who include Hon Latif Ssebagala, Hon Mwijukye Francis, Hon Akamba Paul, Hon Esther Anyakun ,Hon Rose Kabagenyi and Hon Moureen Osoru under the Inter Parliamentary Union Ugandan chapter travelled to Doha Qatar to attend the 140th IPU Assembly and related meetings which are running from 6th – 10th April 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, are meeting on this occasion.

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