7 December 2012

Ghana: Ashaiman Children Call for Peaceful Elections

CHILDREN FROM a cluster of schools within the Ashaiman Municipality have called on the electorate to exercise their franchise based on their conviction in the values of political parties, and accept the outcome of the elections.

A pupil of Kingsway International School called on parents, teachers and the community to go about the election process in a decorous manner, because "politics is not about contest of guns but contest of ideas."

Another pupil of the school, Gloria Tetteh, reminded all that the price the founding fathers paid to make Ghana what it is today, as well as the devastating impact of war in Liberia, DR Congo and the political unrest in Ghana during the late 1970s.

The children made the clarion call at peace rally dubbed -"Blowing the Trumpet of Peace", organized by Mind Development Foundation (MDF), a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping young children discover and develop their potential through education and motivational seminars on health, education and civic education.

The Founder and Executive President of MDF, Mr. Samuel Baddoo said Ghana's value as a peaceful country has been recognized in Africa and all over the world. Also, the country was the beacon of hope in the 196s and 70s when African nations were fighting for independence. "Ghana has taken the leadership role again, this time championing democratic processes within the West African Sub-Region", he noted.

However, in spite of these milestones in the country's democratic dispensation, "we cannot take our peace and success for granted", he said.

According to him, recent developments in some sections of the Ghanaian society, boarder on war and tribalism, which cannot be accepted. "For this reason, civil society groups, including these pupils gathered here today, have decided to rise to the occasion to sensitize and educate our communities on the need for peace during and after the 2012 election", he added.

Mr. Baddoo emphasized the need for peaceful co-existence, tolerance, respect for other people's views and the need for all to exercise their franchise in a well-behaved manner.

He further stated that "Today, our sons and daughters are standing in front of us appealing to all parents, teachers, politicians and civil society at large to commit to peace in the interest of our future and mother Ghana."

The Children entertained the people gathered with choreography, dubbed "Peace Dance" while the Vice Chairman of MDF, Rev Philip Ankamafio Mensah, led the gathering to pledge to support and promote peace during and after the 2012 election.

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