DIRECTOR of Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) Mr Peter Masika has urged youths in the country to be in the frontline in protecting and maintaining peace and avoid being used in political and religious conflicts.

Mr Masika was speaking on the importance of peace and how best the youths can be used as pillars of peace protection. The advice was floated in Dar es Salaam by Director of Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) Mr Peter Masika when speaking on the importance of peace and how best the youths can be used as pillar of peace protection.

He further urged them to use their brains and energy for bringing development by boosting the economy and alleviating poverty. “Unemployment and lack of development opportunities cannot be tackled through breach of peace but through hardworking, participation in decision making such as voting and the ongoing constitutional review process,” he stressed.

Mr Masika noted that some countries that misused youths ended up in violence and now they were regretting for the mistake. “We, as an exemplary nation of peace, must try our level best to protect the peace, which our founding fathers like Mwalimu Nyerere fought for, for 50 years,” he further stressed.

TAYOA Director also advised education stakeholders including the government to consider the need for offering civic education on peace in schools in order to emphasize importance of peace. Mr Masika added that the peace subject should be incorporated in schools’ curriculum and civil and religious organizations should sensitize youths to love peace.