Conference Held To Stop Bullying
The bad weather condition of Saturday, October 29 did not deter many people, both old and young, from participating at the Bullying and High Risk Behavior Conference organized by Redemption Outreach Int’l Inc.
The event was held at Far Rockaway Community Library between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The keynote speaker was Dr. Joseph Chukwu who spoke on the root cause of bullying and how it can be prevented. According to him teen bulling is on the increase and must be seen as a serious problem. Relevant governmental agencies, school administration, parents and religious bodies and the media must get involved to stop bullying. He also suggested that if God and prayer are restored in schools’ curriculum, this problem will be drastically reduced. He also said that spiritual and cultural counseling should be introduced in schools.
Other speakers included Rev. Ambrose Chalokwu, who delivered a speech on the risk factors of HIV/AIDS and High Risk behaviors, and the need for frequent testing to monitor their status, as testing is sine qua non to HIV/AIDS prevention.
The last speaker, Okechukwu Ofiaeli, who currently collaborates with Redemption Outreach, held the audience spellbound as he explained how adolescents and youths can channel their energies into useful and creative arts. He showed a lot of creative artworks produced by him as a proof that “hard work works.” In addition, Maureen Brown Phillips launched her book titled, “Who Dropped You?”
Finally the moderator, Felicia Chalokwu, expressed profound gratitude to all participants and talked briefly on ROI’s new initiative called Better Life for Women Project. She called for women to take advantage of the program and bridge the existing economic gaps between them and men by contributing to the upkeep of the family and home.