Catholic University of Ghana produces 70 ADR Mediators

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The Marian Center for Conflict Resolution (MCCR) of the Catholic University of Ghana, Fiapre, has organized a workshop to train 70 Mediators for Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR). The ADR programme is aimed to be alternative to litigation and violence. The 5day workshop brought together 70 participants from various professions including police officers, social workers, legal practitioners, health workers, media practitioners, prison officers, the clergy from different religious denominations, chiefs and traditional leaders.

The participants were mainly taken through topics that would enable them to carry out mediation process to foster peaceful settlement of disputes in their respective communities and establishments. Among the topics treated were Mediation Skills, Practical Challenges of Mediation, Ethical Obligations of Mediators and Communication in Conflict Resolution. The programme was also embellished with some simulation exercises and role plays that spiced up the participants’ understanding of the topics treated.

The workshop was preceded with an opening ceremony in which many high profile personalities were in attendance. In an address at the ceremony, the Executive Director of the Marian Center for Conflict Resolution, Dr. Vida Korang (Mrs.), said the programme was set up in 2011 to nurture the practice of ADR so as to support the growth of the Act that had then been newly enacted regarding conflict resolution by ADR system in Ghana. The year 2022 edition of the programme brings to 720 the number of ADR Practitioners produced by the MCCR since its inception 10 years ago and these products are gracefully serving in various parts of the Country as Mediators.