Peacemaker speaking at D&E


ELKINS — Ebun James-DeKam, general secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, will deliver a lecture focusing on her role as an international peacemaker at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Eshleman Science Center room 400. The event, presented by the Davis & Elkins College Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy, is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend and is open to the public.

James-DeKam is the first woman to serve as general secretary with CCSL, a post she has held since 2011, and has helped the people of Sierra Leone recover from years of civil war, famine and the recent Ebola outbreak. There is no admission fee to attend the lecture. A question-and-answer session will be included.

James-DeKam managed an extensive Ebola response program focusing on community-based education and awareness-raising related to the prevention and containment of Ebola. In a related program, she managed psychosocial training of Christian and Muslim religious leaders to help Ebola survivors overcome the trauma, stigmatization and shame of the disease.

In addition, James-DeKam coordinated and facilitated the training of those who are now actively taking part in psychosocial work in their communities and working for NGOs such as the Centre for the Victims of Torture and Action for Children in Conflict. She has trained religious leaders, secondary school and college students, and teachers in conflict management, peace building and reconciliation.

Prior to her current position, James-DeKam served as education secretary for the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone and as vice president of the Baptist Women in Sierra Leone.

James-DeKam holds a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Sierra Leone.