Accra, Aug. 19,
GNA – Dels Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), is to organise a
peace walk to promote unity among the youth before, during and after the
December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The walk dubbed:
“Youth for Peace Walk 2016,” is in collaboration with other key NGOs
championing peace campaign in the country.
scheduled for September 21 at 6:00 AM is expected to gather 5,000 participants
from Tertiary Institutions, non-formal sector and governmental agencies.
The walk would
begin from the University of Ghana, Legon through some principal streets of
Accra and enroute to Legon, in commemoration of the International Peace Day,
which falls on the day.
Speaking at the
launch of the Peace Walk in Accra, Ms Comfort Glikpo, the Chief Executive
Officer of Dels Foundation said the concept behind the walk is to sensitise the
youth to disengage from violence during elections.
She said the
youth have potential that could be redirected to productive ventures rather
than engaging in electoral violence.
Ms Glikpo noted
that economic hardship sometimes lures the youth to engage in violence when
they are offered money.
She said youth
volunteers have been mobilised across the 10 regions of the country to serve as
peace ambassadors in their communities to disseminate the essence of peace to
Ms Glikpo said
the youth would be trained on how to communicate the concept of peace building
on the elections as well as chieftaincy and other issues to people in the
She said there
would also be outreach programmes targeted at flash points, where movies on the
effects of violence would be screened to deter people such acts.
“During that time
we will make sure that we go with anyone who has witnessed conflict so that it would
be some form of testimony.”
Odjawo, Manager, Unique FM 95.7 Accra, commended Dels Foundation for the
initiative and charged the youth to take the responsibility of changing the
society and help promote peace and national cohesion
‘’As young people
we should be on the fore front for drive for change. “By empowering ourselves
we can be the agents of peace and development that we want to see.”
counselled Ghanaians to continue to maintain the peace and security the nation
seeks the success of young generations, and to see the well-being of needy
children and the aged in deprived communities.