GOOD NEWS: Peace Council Inaugurates Peace Ambassadors Club In SHSs
Peace and Conflict Resolution is much concerned with how violence and conflict can be viewed and addressed through the intersections of democracy, human rights, gender, poverty, and governance.
With this, National Peace Council (NPC), Ashanti Region has taken another step in addition to their relentless efforts to solving conflict in our societies.
With the support from Commonwealth Secretariat, Peace Council, Ashanti is embarking on a project to educate the youths through the formation of Peace Ambassadors Club in the Senior High Schools in the country.
Selecting Islamic Senior High School at Abrepo Junction in Kumasi as piloting school in the Ashanti Region, Officers from National Peace Council, Ashanti, inaugurated the Peace Ambassadors Club (PAC) in the school on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
Some authorities who graced the occasion were the Board Member of Peace Council-Ashanti, Ustaz Ahmed Seidu, Mrs. Gloria Adams, Youth Officer for Juaben Municipal Assembly and Mr. Alhassan Abubakari Baako, Islamic SHS Teacher and a Peace Ambassador..
Also, selected pupils from the school, specifically, Thirty selected ambassadors and the school’s cadet team were present in the auditorium.
The Executive Secretary of the Ashanti Region’s Peace Council, Reverend Emmanuel Amoah Badu, did not spearhead the program alone but with other officials from Ashanti PC.
Mr. Godwin Nana Amponsah is a Senior Programs Manager at A-PC, Mr. Prince Osei Tutu (OT), Administrative Manager and Ms. Joyceline Anima Aboraa Boateng, who is also Programs Manager.
Given the rationale behind the inauguration of the Peace Ambassadors Club in the Senior High Schools, the Regional Peace Council Executive Secretary, Rev. Amoah Badu opined that, the council wants to equip students with non-violence method of reacting to and resolving differences.
Records show that, more than 90% of young boys accounted for all deaths in Africa Wars in 2015.
This according to the Executive Secretary show that, youths (young boys) are used as war tools, particularly in Africa, hence the need to sow in them the way to avoid and resolving conflict.
He said, they have trained Club patrons and members on how to identify early warning signs in order to aid in providing immediate response and also build their capacities with knowledge and skills on conflict management.
Adding that, the move will strengthen the general participation of young men and women in conflict analysis and prevention.
He disclosed that, 30 students, 15 boys and 15 girls have been selected from the Islamic Senior High School as Peace Ambassadors Club members for the start.
Not the inauguration alone, these Ambassadors were given training on Conflict Prevention and Violent Extremism.
Rev. Emmanuel Amoah Badu finally charged the Ambassadors to capitalise on the opportunity offered them and impact the knowledge and skills acquired in their daily interactions to enhance social cohesion and development.
“I will also entreat all of you to tolerate each others views, be United as one people and embrace diversity of ideas, because diversity is the key to National Development”, he elaborated.
On their parts, all the resourced persons invited to the program in the persons of Ustaz Ahmed Seidu, Mr. Abubakari Baako and Mrs. Gloria Adams were so enthused to be part of the program in an exclusive interview with Filasconews.com
Alhassan Abubakari Baako, a teacher in the School, expressed gratitude to PC and pledged unflinching support to the program.
As Youth Officer, Mrs. Gloria Adams appealed to the youths to abstain from violence activities, adding that, they should not allow themselves to be manipulated by older people in the society to carry out heinous acts.
“In the name of politics or tribalism, please don’t be manipulated to involve yourselves into it but find a way out to help resolve the conflict as peace ambassadors”, She advised.
“It is a good initiative and I’m sure the impact would be immense for the general public”, the Board Member of Peace Council, Ashanti Region, Ustaz Ahmed Seidu also stated.
The beneficiaries(students) thanked Peace Council for the program and assured commitment to serve the purpose.