IYIP Blog: A Shot for Peace

Camaro West and Devin Woods, YCI’s two CIDA IYIPs working with the Ghana YMCA.

My time in Ghana is coming to a close. As the Communications Officer with Youth Challenge International’s Partner the Ghana Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), I have experienced a diverse many aspects of Ghanaian life.

Recently, I had the opportunity to play a role in a global event held by YMCA’s around the world. The event, “Hoop Springs Eternal” is a YMCA World Alliance Challenge and aimed to mobilize five million youth throughout their network to take basketball shots simultaneously. Each event held its own theme. The Ghana YMCA chose, “A Shot for Peace Towards a Peaceful Election 2012”. Held on October 13, 2012, close to 400 Ghanaian youth took part in shooting for a peaceful election.

Guest speaker his Eminence Nii Guate Asuasa II, Supreme War Lord of the Ga State taking his shot for peace.

During my time in Ghana it has been abundantly clear that the people of Ghana are and continue to be deeply concerned about the prospect of violence before, during and after their fast approaching presidential and parliamentary elections. With the elections slated for December 2012, it is hoped that this event will further bring awareness to the issue and remind Ghanaian youth of their commitment to peace.

The event, held at the University of Ghana, Legon carried important messages for youth. Key note guest speaker his Eminence Nii Guate Asuasa II, Supreme War Lord of the Ga State engaged youth on their role as future leaders and highlighted them as the key resource for the nation. Mr. Reynolds Kissiedu, Chairman of the Ghana YMCA also urged all parties involved to strive for a peaceful election period.

Youth pledge their commitment to peace.

The event also involved the coming together of the ‘Big Six’ youth movements. These movements include the Ghana YMCA, Ghana YWCA, Ghana Scouts Movement, Ghana Girl Guides, the Ghana Red Cross/Crescent, and the International Award. Together these organizations represent a large portion of Ghana’s youth and their joint commitment to peace is seen to be a significant voice.

My role here at the Ghana YMCA is to initiate a new era in the way the Ghana YMCA communicates with the public, its members, and its key stakeholders. This means using new and traditional methods of communication to both engage and educate target audiences on the work of the Ghana YMCA.

Some young members of the YMCA Ghana.

Please support the work of the Ghana YMCA by liking the Ghana YMCA Facebook page.  Also check out this short video I have put together about the Hoop Springs Eternal event:

-Devin Woods, Communication and Mobilization Officer, CIDA International Youth Internship Program, Ghana 2012

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