Bawku Deanery: Peace Building Training held

A Rising from Resilient Roots (RRR) training has been conducted in the Garu District of the Upper East Region.

It focused on peace building for young adults. They were challenged to offer their individual ‘gifts’ that will contribute to building peace in the Bawku area and its surrounding communities where renewed violence in the municipality has claimed lives and property.

Participants were taken through a series of activities aimed at helping them find internal balance, strengthen their identity and learn new coping skills to increase hope and well-being in themselves and their communities.

Participants in group work

Practically, the young people sketched their individual ‘tree of life’ and in sharing with others, it helped them develop a positive view of themselves and build hope for the future, based on their skills, achievements and what they have learned from their lives so far, despite its difficulties and disappointments.

They were also empowered to change how they feel by changing how they think and vice versa.

Individually and in groups, they creatively put together images of their own visions of peace which broadly reflected diversity in all cultures to enhance peaceful co-existence in their respective communities.

Other activities also helped them appreciate that, they are different but they are also the same – their lives are like a part of a forest when they all support each other and grow together, they are connected in ways that makes them stronger.

Plenary session of the training

Seventy-three (73) people participated in the training.

The training is part of activities being carried out under the Sahel Peace Initiative (SPI) project of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In Ghana, it is being implemented with partnership from Catholic Dioceses in the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province, SELL Ghana and other stakeholders.

By: Communications Person

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