The National Peace Council (NPC) who is known over the years for their enthusiast to bring peace and stability in the country have taken the mandate to school some senior high school on how to bring peace through unity.
Among the schools visited were Aburi Girls Senior High School, Presbyterian Girls Senior High Schools, Presby Senior High school, Mamfe Methodist Girls and Presbyterian School of Education.
Ms Dorothy Ofori, a member of the Eastern Regional Peace Council (NPC) in interaction with some of the youth, she noted that the radicalism of youth was of great concern to all Ghanaians.
To her, the peace council intends to promote non-violent approaches in resolving conflicts, enhance dialogue beyond the dialogue of the elite in engaging key, larger and ordinary citizens in this country in reducing its intensify.
“The Peace Council is to develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution for sustainable peace as stipulated in Act: 818 (2011). It was imperative for the Peace Council to re-emphasize its mandate for all to collaborate in achieving the objectives of the International Peace Day which fall on the 21/09 of each year,” Ms Dorothy Ofori stressed.
Further engaging the student was the NPC Regional Secretary, Brother Peter Atta Agboso, who highlighted that it has become authoritative for the youth to collaborate with the NPC to ‘think together’ for peace, enhance discussion across political party lines and to promote broader citizen participation in deepening the peace processes.
“The NPC is worried about the fact that a political party’s identity is being drawn so closely that hardship and even death will be blindly preferred by some persons. These deceptive enemies will lose all the definition they have as human beings with human rights and be subjected to the kind of violence and brutality that is often exited,” he emphasized that.
Adding to the peace campaign among the youth, the Council Chairman, Rev Fr Andrew Dunyo had cautioned the youth to grow up with values that appreciate diversity, build relationships across party political, religion, ethnic and other sectional lines.
In achieving the objectives of the International Peace day, Rev Dunyo encouraged the youth to have a good understanding of civil liberties and be committed to promoting them.
“Be patriotic; take interest in justice and peace issues to enhance the dignity of all,” he added.
He attributed through observation, the most fundamental approach by all towards a non-violent environment to collaboration and a concentrated effort in violence prevention, building a culture of peace with a collective awareness of people who are mindful of the cost of violence and the value for peace.
Rev Fr Andrew Dunyo thanked the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for their never-ending support towards the Ghana National Peace council.
Source: Dorcas Korkor Larbi