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Ghana: WANEP trains 150 peace Ambassadors in Tamale Schools
an article by Ghana Web (abridged)

The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP-Ghana) has recruited 150 pupils drawn from 10 selected schools in the Tamale Metro for training as peace Ambassadors.

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The organization in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES), Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) and School Management Committees has formed peace clubs in the 10 selected schools beginning with 15 members each.

This is in line with WANEP-Ghana’s newly launched programme on the theme, “The role of children in promoting a culture of peace in Ghana.”

The programme which will be piloted for one year was officially launched at the Tamale Evangelical Presbyterian Junior School where the first peace club was formed.

WANEP-Ghana’s national Coordinator, Issac Bayor exclusively told Citi News the programme was meant to bridge the generational gap in the organization’s conflict resolution and peace management mechanisms.

He said WANEP-Ghana reviewed its performance and realized that it overly concentrated on the adult population, hence the paradigm shift to the younger generation.

“When we talk about peace, is not a one man show but a matter which should be tackled holistically: when we talk about peace we usually concentrate on the adults, the front runners, the combatants and chiefs and we usually ignore the little ones who are actually are the people who grow up to engage in this violence acts,”

Issac Bayor said WANEP-Ghana estimated that children and women formed majority of victims in conflict situations and there was the need to groom basic school pupils to serve as Ambassadors of peace in their localities.

“For us at the West Africa Network for Peace Building, we think it is important that we tackle the issue right from the grassroots, at the basic level and inculcate the culture of peace, culture of non violence, culture of diversity that will ensure that these people behave in a way and cultivate the attitude that is enduring so that when they grow up they will be able to understand what they need to do so that peace will prevail in our communities.”

Some of the EP JHS peace club members commended WANEP-Ghana for the initiative and pledged their commitment to replicate the orientation on their peers.

A senior officer at the Tamale Metro Education Directorate, Ishak Abdul Latif who launched the programme regretted that the recurring conflict situation in the region always affected the academic calendar.

“Where we are operating from in the Northern Region, Tamale in particular, we have had incidents of the youth involving in violence activities and as a directorate we have always seen that if we are able to train our children in the schools to take up peace and mediation initiatives within the schools and in our communities it will go a long way to curb violence activities in future.”

Ishak Abdul Latif said the GES will deepen its collaboration with WANEP-Ghana to make the programme a success by replicating it in all schools in the Tamale Metro Area. . .


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Peace Studies in School Curricula, What would it take to make it happen around the world?

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Latest reader comment:

During the Asian Educators Symposium, we found out that Peace Education is still not part of the school curriculum in most countries. However, the participating teachers have been incorporating peace education in their teaching subjects, such as English, social studies, and character education. We all agreed that love and the will to nurture peace in children are the most important basis for peace education. Even if peace education is not a part of the curriculum, peace can be taught through any subject. Whatever you are teaching, if it comes from the heart, then it will touch the minds of children.

This report was posted on January 3, 2015.