The Youth group under the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Dioceses has embarked on a Peace Forum Mission in the Upper East region.
The programme is anchored on the theme “Covid-19: Ensuring conflict- Sensitive Response”. It seeks to promote peaceful coexistence within and outside the Diocesan family. The forum is also to mobilise and unite diverse youth groups as well as key state institutions and opinion leaders in various communities in the region.
The Diocesan Youth council stated that a survey that was conducted by the Council points to the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected many young people in communities. According to the survey, the impact of the pandemic on the youth has affected their businesses forcing some of them to engage in bad activities.
Speaking to A1News, Rev. Father, Clement Ajongba who is the Diocesan Youth Chaplain, said, the Diocesan Youth Council finds it necessary to embark on this mission in order to have effective peaceful coexistence among the teeming youth regardless of their political or religious affiliation in the various communities.
“The peace forum is for all youth groups with diverse backgrounds. It is organised by the Diocesan Youth Council and sponsored by CRS Ghana. The essence is to bring young people from diverse backgrounds together to promote peace”.
“The more young people interact with each other, the more they share ideas and the more they see themselves as one. That will bring social cohesion. So the essence is simply to bring young people from diverse backgrounds such as; religious, political and other minority groups together to discuss issues affecting them”
Rev. Father. Ajongba noted that the mission his outfit has embarked on does not in any way discourage youth from belonging to any political party or religious group or any social groups but they are only encouraging the youth to be respectful of the opinion of others.
Opinion leaders, Assembly Members and Heads of Institutions, and leaders of youth groups across the Upper East region who were at the programme were all applauded Diocesan Youth council for the initiative.
According to them, it will go a long way to help foster unity that will lead to the development of the region and beyond.