Scouts of the Northern Region of Ghana embarked on a “Challenge of Peace” on the 18th January 2014. This is the first quarter MOP-GHANA project for the year 2014, this event brought together more than 700 youth and Scouts of Tamale and the National Headquarters of the Ghana Scout Association to educate scouts on lessons on being at peace with themselves and on road safety.
The project was supported through the African Regional Scout Office programme of developing leadership in young people with its NSO MOP National Coordinators. These young leaders were tasked to lead their National MoP Network to plan and implement MoP Projects in each NSO.
The events of the project started very well with all scouts and school children turning up early that morning for the cleanup exercise at the Main Lorry Station in Tamale, the groups hence matched to the hall a few minutes' walk away for the gathering in the maiden MoP Challenge for Peace project. The events took a chronological order and supported with scouts yells and songs to spice up the event. The educational challenge for peace at a hall with school children, Scouts, Teachers, Parents, Drama competition in local and English language, Debate competition on Road Safety, Talk by officials of the Road Safety Commission, Dance choreography competition and a lot of other activities characterized this event.
The programme was also attended by the Chief Commissioner of the Ghana Scout Association. The Chief Commissioner advised that, youth and Scouts should engaged their families, teachers and friends in ensuring that Scouting still has very relevant roles in the development and training of the youth. Awards, Exercise Books, Dictionaries, Pens, Pencils, Scarf, Scout Youth programme books and Certificates were presented to winners and participating schools and scout groups.
This project did not only provide a learning environment for the GSA MoP Network team to combine efforts with a local team (Northern Regional Scout Council and youth leaders) in testing their ability to organize, coordinate and implement a programme but rather; presented a great opportunity for scouts and other voluntary youths organizations and other actors (Government and Civil Society) to combine to define and discuss ways to grow a common society. The event also gave the National MoP Team to meet, discuss and draw an action plan for MoP activities for the year 2014.
A testimony by a scout; “I kept hearing MoP and MoP, but never fully understood what it meant, till I had the chance to experience the Challenge for Peace project in Tamale, then I realized that Scouts are not just people who match but offer other educational programmes that are of importance to the youth, I think I now want to be a serious Scout”
Ruhia Seidu, JHS 1 Pupil - Alhassan Gbanzaba School, Tamale