As part of efforts to ensure peaceful elections in December 2020 polls, the Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission and the Alfred Nobel University has taken another giant by organising the third public lecture and launch of violence-free election.
The peace conference which was held in Cape Coast in the Central Region was themed: “Targeting youth and leadership across the globe to achieve peace worldwide through education.”
Speaking at the conference, Professor Samuel Ato Duncan, the Executive President of the Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission, noted that during elections, the use of abusive language becomes very common.
“There are high levels of intolerance, fighting and killing as well as the destruction of properties which involves the youth in most cases.
More so, the identified items confronting world peace are ethnic and political conflicts, social injustice, religious intolerance, terrorism, dictatorship, poverty, greediness, corruption, immorality, and diseases.
The Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission believes that there can be a peaceful election in 2020 devoid of all these injustices in the country.
According to him, in September this year, Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission and Alfred Nobel University in Ukraine, agreed in a memorandum of understanding to undertake the following:
• Promote Peace, Unity and Reconciliation Worldwide
• Arrange Peace Advocacy Campaign at the international level.
• Enhance peacekeeping component in education
• Contribute in enhancing the national and international policy framework for peace and reconciliation
“The Worldwide Dictionary defines peace as ‘the state prevailing during the absence of war’ but Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission defines peace as not only the absence of war but a state in which an individual or group of persons are satisfied with the conditions he or she lives in,” he explained.
According to Professor Samuel Ato Duncan, in order to maintain peace and tranquility in the country, there is a need for the leaders to create an enabling environment for the youth since they are future leaders.
He also advised the youth not to engage in violent activities as the elections are approaching; but rather be peace ambassadors.
He also entreated all political parties to eschew all forms of discrimination among themselves in the name of politics and rather forge ahead as one nation in order to maintain peace and tranquility in the country.
The Founder and President of Alfred Nobel University in Ukraine, Professor Bory’s Kholod who graced the occasion as the Special International Guest, said the launch of violence-free election 2020 and the third public lecture in Ghana will be a call to unite the efforts of all African countries for the sake of peace, education, tolerance and democracy.
“Despite the undeniable successes, education in African countries has not yet reached the sufficient level which prevents from the effective resolution of existing problems and threatens the new, potentially more dangerous ones.
Forty-three (43%) percent of African children do not attend school. Only six percent of young Africans are college-educated,” he noted.
He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for his immense contribution to peace in Ghana and globally and his implementation of free education in Ghana.
He also appealed President, to the Parliament of Republic of Ghana to consider his proposal and, in cooperation with Alfred Nobel University in November 2020 to organize an international forum for African, European, Asian and Americans countries leaders with participation of the United Nations Organization to discuss accessible and quality education through international cooperation and collaboration.
Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh