||Posted: Nov. 17 2003,07:02
The following additional information has been provided by Nina Meyerhof about the Apeadu Children's Peace Center in Ghana:
Dr. Nina Meyerhof, Children of the Earth, and Chief Nana Osei Boakye Yiadom II of Aburi, Ghana, and Audrey Kitagawa, Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict are committed to the knowledge that young people, when given the potential opportunity with spiritual guidance for ethical standards and correct information, can and will create a better for themselves and others..
International Leadership Program-- 50 international youth to gather with 25 local youth to discuss global issues and create action projects.
Ghana Teacher Peace Education Program---to follow Leadership Program and invited 25 teachers from the local schools for a training.
Local Health Program for Youth- experts to work with youth on prevention and care taking on health issues in particular HIV -Aids. This is to start summer of 2003.
Youth Skill Building Program- to offer training for young people in areas that support the elimination of poverty--such as tie-dye, batik, bead making, farming, carpentry, sewing, computer skills and more. This has begun in the Liberian refuge camp.
African Youth Congresses-- allowing other organizations to offer programs and conferences at the site.
Life Skills Program for self-help--- micro-lending, building businesses, banking and lending.
Refugee Education and Human Rights Advocacy workshops-- for refugees, local youth and other interested young people.
Women as Leaders---empowerment workshops for women and girl children
Youth as Peacemakers -- Opatafo Training--peace-making, peace-building and peace -keeping skills workshops to begin in the local community and the refuge camp - 2004.
In the creation of this Center, there is the hope that it will not stand alone, but as a blueprint and pilot for other Centers of peace education. The Apeadu Peace Center will serve as an example of youth in support of learning together and building a culture of peace and non-violence. Africa calls us to fulfill a moral obligation if we are to recognize that we are a global society and that all of life is interdependent..
Children of the Earth is the official organization sponsoring this endeavor COE is a 501.3.C and is a NGO organization recognized by the United Nations for its work with young people around the world.
Edited by CPNN Administrator on Nov. 29 2003,07:09