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The African Centre for Peace Building in partnership with The Global Educators For All Initiative-Nigeria organized a one day Peace Certificate on the theme: 'promoting global peace the role of teachers, youth and institution' at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra.

The conference focused on presenting a common platform for participants to discuss the current conflict situations in West Africa-taking the post electoral crises in Cote D' Ivory as a case study. The programme drew participant (teachers; staff of NGOs; legal practitioners; representative from local authorities in Ghana; students; youth and community leaders) from Ghana, Nigeria, Ceremony, Liberia and UK.

An opening address and welcome speech by Mr. Emmanuel Senyo Kumedzina, ExecutiveDirector-AFCOPB.

In his address, he appreciated efforts of the participant to have made it a time to join the day's discussion.

He said the need for this conference is to discuss the over growing post electoral conflict in the sub-region which he made reference to Ivory Coast and Nigeria. 'there is therefore the need to call for this discussion to complement efforts at finding lasting solutions to the sitaution.

We also would be looking critically at the role of teachers, students (youth) and institutions play in those conflict both before, during and after'. He added.

He noted that the Conference is to usher in AFCOPB's first Peace Education Certificate programme. And added that "the need for the Peace Education Certificate programme was also as a result of some of the challenges encountered by AFCOPB Volunteers on the Rural Peace Project (May 20-August 2010) where many of the volunteers posted to schools in conflict affected areas were unable to answer some critica l on-the-ground questions pose to them by their pupils. This he said was lack of knowledge in peace education at the part of the Volunteers Teachers.

He also lamented on lack of sponsorship from Ghanaian corporate bodies for peace initiatives. "any time we send proposal or call on companies or churches here in Ghana, the popular response is that -ehh we don't have war in Ghana and what do you want the money for" read more

 

Presentations Representatives of Participating Organizations:

Presentations were received from some representative of NGOs on their works (success, challenges and the way forward):

Elizabeth, Founder and President-El-Silo Foundation, Ghana

finwas e Education Workshop for teachers; staff of NGOs; youth, community, religious leaders, on July 30-31, 2011 at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra.

The Peace Education workshop, the first time for AFCOPB, drew eithty (80) participants (teachers, staff of NGOs, educationists, legal practitioners, members from tradinational authorities and students) from Ghana, Nigeria, Cemaroon, Liberia and UK.

There was an introductory lecture by Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko on the topic 'Fundamental Principles for Building a Global Culture of Peace' follow by:

i. From Theory to Practice Toward a Peaceful Classroom, School, and      Community, Mr. Aminu Dramani

 

Aliu Nurudeen Mohammed, President-Peace Fellowship Net (AFCOPB youth wing). University for Development Studies-Wa, Ghana

PRESENTATION BY ALIU MOHAMMED NURUDEEN AT A PEACE CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY AFRICAN CENTER FOR PEACE BUILDING AT THE CONFERENCE HALL OF INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA ON 30TH JULY, 2011.

Mr. Chairman, Invited Guest, Colleagues Students, Ladies and Gentlemen. I deem it a great honor given the opportunity to deliver a speech on Peace Fellowship Network International, University for Development Studies (UDS) Chapter and the Northern Part of Ghana.

Peace Fellowship Network International is a youth wing of Africa Center for Peace Building (AFCOPB) formed in almost all public tertiary institutions in Ghana. The chapter in UDS can boast of a membership of about 1500 students. In May to August 2010, 55 students volunteer in a Rural Peace Project to teach in deprive rural communities in Northern Ghana and in addition embarked on outreach peace campaign in those communities and beyond.

Though Ghana has ten regions, it can however be broadly and ethnographically be divided in to 2. Thus, Northern Ghana and southern Ghana. However, this speech is going to focus on Northern Ghana...read more

 

Tonyi Ajao, CEO/Principal Partner...Fellow of Kings Collage, London

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Queen Ehrim, National Coordinator, Global Community Peace Network-Nigeria

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Round Table Discussions:

Four groupds (A, B, C and D) ware formed to discuss the key element in the theme of the conference.

Group A- looked at the Role of Teachers before, during and conflict mediations process;

Group B-Looked at the Role of youth before, during and after conflict;

Group C-Looked at the Role of Local Institutions before, during and conflict mediations process; and Goup D-Looked at the Role of International Institutions before, during and conflict mediations process;

Round Table Discussions Results Presentation by Group Leaders:

Group A:- The Role of Teachers-by Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko (Goup A Leader)

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Group D: The Role of the Local Institutions- by Ruth Hickin (Group D Leader)

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Group B: The Role of Youth

In most of the conflict situation, the youth play vital role. They are the implementers of the detractive aspects of conflicts; they serve as porters, spies, killers, robbers, prostitutes among others. And what pushes them into the above mention roles include the following:

  1. Lack of education or ignorance by the youth to understand some polices and issues regards to the situation that they may be at that stage.
  2.  Poverty or unemployment among the youth, so any plastic or material influence can prompt them into conflicts
  3. Easy access to arms and ammunitions by the youth is a factor. This is because most youth are always in exploring the arms at their disposal.
  4. Parental neglect or poor moral upbringing by some parents is a primary contributory factor to conflicts. Some youth are not trained properly even to identify good and bad, so to kill, rob is a thing of normality.

In conclusion, the role of the youth in the conflict resolution or management the following points should be noted:

  • There should be an enlightenment campaign or seminar to educate the youth about the danger of conflicts
  • There should be dialogue through inter religious, inter political, in resolving issues   
  • The youth should be educated to resist undue influence by people who may be instructor in conflicts
  • They should be educated to use tolerance as a major toll to conflict prevention
  • They youth should be engaged in training to acquire employable skills

Group C: The Role of Internation Institutions

Who are the international institutions? They are ECOWAS, AU, EU, UN etc.
Problem with ECOWAS and AU

  1. Slow response to impending danger
  2. No exiting or solid structures for conflict resolution

Roles play

  • The bigger international bodies like the UN, EU etc liaise with the smaller bodies like ECOWAS, AU before intervening directly in an issue.
  • Each party in the conflict should be present during dialogue to avoid bias
  • Strong suctions to defaulters of agreements reached during dialogues
  • Enforcement/implementation of those suctions
  •  Conflict prevention policies
  • Establishment of indicators of ‘presence’ or ‘absence’ of peace to help in monitoring and evaluating adopted conflict prevention policies
  • Stepping down of policies to the average man on the street (sensitization)
  • International organizations should support and encourage initiatives like Peace Clubs in Schools to teach each child that he/she is a minister of Peace, provide platform for different religious bodies to interact, encourage exchange programs for students.
  • Go to the grassroots to know the real state of the situation
  • Stringent laws on movement of ammunitions
  • The international community should work on internal policies within it e.g. War in Iraq 
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