Youth Icons-Ghana Contributes To Global Nonviolence Project


Nonviolence and Peace Studies

YOUTH ICONS GHANA a non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to the empowerment of the youth of Ghana and Africa has authored a chapter of a global book project sanctioned by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies of the University of Rhode Island, USA.

Youth Icons Ghana has over the years provided a platform for young people to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service and global friendship.

The book titled: “Kingian Nonviolence Applications For International And Institutional Change” seeks to project and help realize Dr Martin Luther King’s vision of a truly global community through personal commitment, direct action, compassion, and tireless work for justice and an end to human suffering whiles inspiring a resounding and hopeful cry for peace, had individuals representing organizations engaged in nonviolence and peace promotion from geographic regions spanning four continents; South America, Africa, South Asia and the Balkans of Southern Europe.

Founding President of Youth Icons Ghana, Nana Osei-Darkwa, who authored Chapter 7 of the global book project under the chapter heading “introducing nonviolence to a nation: youth Icons Ghana ” made this known to DAILY GUIDE recently when he presented a copy of the book to the Editor of the newspaper at his office in Accra.

Mr. Osei-Darkwa said “I feel very humbled and honored to have been considered and selected to author a chapter of this historic life transforming book which celebrates nonviolence projects globally to inspire hope through applications for international and institutional change”.

He pointed out that in 2008 and 2012 when his outfit embarked on ambitious nonviolence and peace education campaigns dubbed: “the 1Ghana Peace Project” little did he know that the world would be monitoring the strategy and impact of those campaigns and even consider it as inspiring stories enough to share with the rest of the world.

He hinted that after years of training and engagement with experienced and global authorities on nonviolence and peace studies, he was of the opinion that Ghana’ peace architecture has never been endangered in a constitutional era and in 2016 all stakeholders must come together to ensure that Ghana successfully overcome the dark clouds of violence hovering over the nation.

The multiple peace and nonviolence award winner called on Ghanaians to be very mindful in their acts this year and to pledge not to do anything that would disturb the general peace of the country urging all to consider the critical importance of Ghana’s peace first because without the peace nothing is guaranteed.

BY Melvin Tarlue