In addition to its regular activities like the youth parliament, the SYC also organizes singular events from time to time, the latest being a youth encounter and a workshop for conflict prevention.
In the last months, the Saboba Youth Centre continued its commitment for young adults in the Saboba District in both direct and indirect terms. This article wants to highlight two examples, a youth encounter and a training seminar regarding conflict prevention.
The youth encounter allowed 150 young adults from Saboba and 17 young adults from Great Britain to get to know each other and learn from each other. During the daylong event, the youths took part in diverse activities, like discussions regarding similarities and differences of Ghanaian and British culture, various sports activities, cooking, dancing and art projects. Furthermore, a workshop concerning social media use and a play illustrating the dangers of child marriage were organized. This event aided the SYC in connecting with younger people, encouraging them to participate in future activities.
While the adolescents took part in the youth encounter directly, the conflict prevention workshop, hosted by the SYC in cooperation with the American NGO World Vision, aimed to help indirectly. Over a span of four days, 75 participants from 15 villages, including the chiefs and youth representatives, were trained how to handle conflict situations. Northeastern Ghana has been the stage of some very violent quarrels between different ethnic groups. Even though Saboba District itself has been spared from violence for the most part when compared to the neighboring areas of Yendi and Chereponi, the SYC regards conflict prevention a task of utmost importance, as escalating conflicts do not only hinder children from attending school, but might even hurt them physically as well as mentally.
During the seminar, different strategies for conflict and violence prevention were discussed. The participants were selected appropiately to include both authority figures like chiefs and village elders and adolescents. “I am extremely happy that it is the youth who are leading the campaign against violent conflict in this area.“, Kunji Tamanja, the chief of the village of Kpegu, remarked.