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UE/R: Forum for Experience Sharing of Community Peace Facilitators Organised

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A day’s forum has been organised at the Farmer Training Center (FTC) at Pusu-Namoo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, by the Good Governance, Justice and Peace Commission (GGJPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga (CDNB).

It was part of efforts to contribute toward sustainable peace in the country, especially conflict prone areas in the coming election year.

The Good Governance, Justice and Peace (GGJP) of the Diocese, develops programmes and projects that seeks to address any differences that may arise using non-violence means.

A cross section of some participants at the forum.

One of such projects which works with the theory of change, is the Integrated Peace-building for Improved Food and Nutrition Supply (IPBIFN).

The project which is in its final year of implementation was started in June 2017 in two Parishes, St. Anthony of Padua Bawku and Our Lady of Hope in Bunkprurugu in eight (8) communities and currently operating in twelve (12) communities.

The forum brought together, Traditional Authorities, Assembly men and women, Peace Agents, opinion leaders among others. The aim of the project was enable the respective communities build peace structures and be able to handle conflicts amicably by the end of the project and the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, succeeds in promoting peace building at the community level.

Speaking to GBCONLINE, the Acting Director of GGJP, Dominic Abugre explained that, the project has identified, formed Community Peace Facilitators and trained and review sessions on peace building and conflict resolution for a total of 637 made up of 476 males; Community Peace Committees (CPCs) Community Peace Agents (CPA), as well as formed schools peace clubs in the Bawku and Bunkprurugu.

He added that, so far these groups he said are solidifying peace in their respective areas.

The Human Development Coordinator of the Diocese, Dr. Joseph Ayembilla who facilitated the forum indicated that, the Diocese main focus is to help develop the human resource which by far, will help gain a significant foot in fostering peace and unity among the masses which is good for nation building.

In his welcome address, the Vicar General of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese Very Reverent Father Lawrence Azure, admonished them to beware of those within their societies who promotes conflict for such people, their economic gains are found only in conflict situations.

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