Training in Ghana launches 2013 Generations For Peace schedule
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
January 20 – Generations for Peace will pick up even further than it left off at the end of 2012 with a multitude of programs focused around conflict transformation in 2013.
2012 saw an incredible 94 programs and events, and 2013 began with the first 'Train the Trainer' event in Kumasi, Ghana. Twenty volunteer youth leaders from diverse and religious backgrounds were exposed to the unique curriculum covering topics like peace building, advocacy, working with children and youth, sport and peace, and facilitation implemented by Generations For Peace volunteers in Ghana.
Held from January 15-18, the training served as an opportunity to bring together and train another group of youth leaders to further cascade the mission, vision, and values of Generations For Peace.
“I will take what I learn at this Generations For Peace Train the Trainer and pass it on to the youth in the community,” said Mumuni Moro, a volunteer youth leader attending the training. “The effects of problems like unemployment and drug abuse can be tackled through Generations For Peace programs.”
Generations For Peace pioneer Bernice Dapaah, whose inspirational energy has been driving programs in Ghana since she was trained at a Generations For Peace Campa at the NGO’s Amman headquarters in 2008, led the Train The Trainer event.
“I am very encouraged by the level of engagement of the Delegates and the kind of understanding the have exhibited about their communities,” she said. “It gives me so much hope for the future of Ghana.”
Mohammad Bin Bida, Programme Coordinator at Bright Generation Community Foundation (BGCF), a local Ghanian NGO that is a partner of Generations For Peace in Ghana, was also in attendance at Train The Trainer. Bin Bida was exposed to Generations For Peace’s training programs in local communities.
“This training is vital for the Delegates because it is building their capacity to address the varied problems in our communities like political violence and mischief, chieftaincy disputes, and youth violence,” Bin Bida said. “BGCF is happy to be involved in such training, not just for the Delegates, but also for our volunteers and staff, as it is part of organizational capacity development.”
The local NGO’s staff gains from the partnership with Generations For Peace a learning opportunity to strengthen their capacity to transform conflict when dealing with diversity. Volunteers will now return home to tackle local issues identified in their target communities.
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