Mediation is helping to reduce the number of disputes in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Currently, many of the cases, ranging from marital disputes, land, chieftaincy conflicts, to succession and equity cases that hitherto would have clogged the courts are being settled through Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, particularly mediation by traditional leaders.
This is as a result of recent mediation trainings offered for members of the Brong Ahafo Regional Houses of Chiefs by the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre (MCRC).
Mrs Vida Korang, acting Executive Director of the MCRC, who announced this at the opening of the Centre’s seventh Professional Mediation Training programme at the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre, Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, said the training for the chiefs was held in collaboration with the Cornard Adranne Foundation.
In addition to that training, she said in the quest to imbue mediation knowledge among the youth, the Centre in 2015 and 2016, with a support from Seed Association in Switzerland started a youth programme dubbed “Youth as Peace-Makers Summer Programme” for young people and students from 18 to 25 years.
“The aim of the program is to train young students sampled from the various second cycle schools to sharpen their skills in leadership and ADR processes. The programme empowers the participants and offers a platform for them to share their personal experiences on the subject areas.
“It also enables the participants to reflect and gain understanding of the positive and negative forms of leadership, assess and improve their own leadership skills and to be able to identify different forms of conflicts, understand different approaches to conflict resolution, and identify paths for further developments and actions and to pursue them through ADR methods,” she said.
She explained that the essence of the youth programme is to ensure that “instead of mending what is old we try to build the future by educating young people to understand peace and justice as their own responsibility, starting from simple things in their daily lives.”
Touching on the operations of the Centre, she said MCRC strives to be a centre of excellence in conflict resolution training, mediation and arbitration of cases, adding that it has so far trained about 300 professional mediators across the country to help mitigate the conflicts that exist in families, communities and institutions to help promote the peace agenda of the nation.
By Edmund Mingle/adrdaily.com