Participants of one of the Centre's recent trainings
Participants of one of the Centre's recent trainings
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The Marian Conflict Resolution Centre (MCRC) is promoting the progress of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) industry in Ghana as it enhances its training programmes for the benefit of practitioners.

The Centre, which is under the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre in the Brong Ahafo region, continues to roll out various interventions regarding training and awareness creation on ADR.

So far, from 2014 to 2017, the Centre has trained 235 practitioners consisting of 165 professional Mediators, 45 Arbitrators and 25 Human Rights activists.

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According to the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre, it remains committed to its mission to train people to be professionally competent, certified and licensed negotiators, mediators, arbitrators and support research into the real causes of conflicts and offer possible mechanisms for resolution and management of conflicts.

Mr Osei Poku, Communications Officer, MCRC
Mr Osei Poku, Communications Officer, MCRC

Mr Osei Poku, Communications Officer of the Centre, in an interview with ADR, noted that MCRC’s “training is tailored to prepare participants including professionals, traditional leaders and students who have the will to learn new approaches to resolve conflicts and promote peace within their scope.”

We train people to be able to understand and identify conflict situations and how they can rise to resolve these conflicts,” he added.

He explained that, although the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre’s main training is on Arbitration, Mediation, Human Rights, Students Peace Training and organisation-based tailored courses for conflict prevention and resolution, there has been more focus on professional mediation training because of the deficit of mediators needed by the Judicial Service.

The objective, he said, is to ensure that the Centre supports the Court-Connected ADR Programme of the Judicial Service by offering quality skills training for mediators who are attached to the courts.

Touching on support interventions for ADR practitioners, he said since 2016 the Centre has been disbursing a fund, secured through its partnership with Seedlearn Association, a Swiss organisation, to assist mediators.

“The Ceresio Fund is purposely for trained mediators of the Centre who are attached to the High Courts and Private mediators. They are given stipends to cover the cost of cases they settle and even ones that are not resolved.

“Our mediators are always conscientised not to demand payment from parties that come before them to mediate. So this funding covers the cost our mediators incur in rendering their services to the public,” he said.

Rev Fr Thomas Oppong Febiri, Executive Director of MCRC
Rev Fr Thomas Oppong Febiri, Executive Director of MCRC

The Centre, he said “over the years helps the Judicial Service with Mediators who are certified by our Centre. We also assist the National Peace Council and the House of Chiefs when the need arises.”

Beyond that, Mr Osei Poku explained that the Centre offers specialised training for organisations towards building the conflict resolution structures and skills of workers in the beneficiary organisations.

Also, the Centre has organised youth mediation training and outreach in schools such as the St.James Seminary & SHS, Norte Dame SHS in Sunyani, Mount Camel SHS in Techiman, OLA Girls SHS in Kenyasi, Sacred Heart SHS, Nsoatre, Sunyani SHS and Twene Amanda Secondary School.

The youth training, he said, was undertaken with funding support from Seedlearn Association.

“Going forward we believe some pockets or conflicts permeate the society and so we will continue to train more professionals who would be qualified and competent to help with the peace agenda in the country,” he added.

To achieve that objective, Mr Osei Poku noted that the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre has planned to increase the number of youth, particularly students who would be trained to help in building a culture and critical mass of young people who will be skillfully equipped in resolving conflicts at an early age.

By: Edmund Mingle/adrdaily.com