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Marian Conflict Resolution Center Of Cucg Organizes 7th Edition Of Professional Mediation Training

The Marian Conflict Resolution Centre (MCRC) was established by the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre, the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani and the Giving to Ghana Foundation in the USA as an independent non-profit organization with the mission to train people annually to be professionally competent, certified and licensed negotiators, mediators and arbitrators in Ghana. The centre also supports research into the actual causes of the apparent protracted conflicts in Africa and provide lasting resolutions and management thereof in the Ghanaian community in particular, and Africa in general. Over the past six years, the centre has trained lawyers, religious leaders, union leaders', chiefs, the security services, public administrators, politicians and private individuals in mediation skills, ADR interest based negotiation and a host of professional and ethical obligations of mediators. .

The 2018 training was launched in a colourful ceremony on the campus of the Catholic University College of Ghana which was attended by traditional leaders, civil society, media, legal practitioners, religious leaders and the general. At the opening ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Professor Daniel Obeng-Ofori expressed appreciation to the MCRC for the good work done so far and also thanked the faculty for sparing time to train individuals in peace making process. He challenged the participants to endeavour to apply the skill they would acquire during the training since, he remarked "acquired knowledge becomes useless when it is not applied".

For her part, the Acting Executive Director of MCRC, Mrs Vida Korang indicated that over a period of six years, MCRC had organized six (6) Mediation trainings, one (1) Arbitration training and one (1) Human Rights training involving about 300 participants with the help of sponsors. She further said, during the 2015 and 2016 training programmes, the Centre started the "Youth as Peacemakers Summer Programme" with support from Seed Foundation Switzerland and trained a number of young men and women between the ages 18 and 25 to enhance their skill in leadership and ADR.
She finally encouraged participants to use the skills and knowledge they would acquire to solve conflicts around them.


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