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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stand Up For Peace

We are in the last quarter of our 12 week placement and we’re getting ready to round up what we have been doing for the past 9 weeks. It’s been pretty exciting seeing how our collective efforts can go a long way to help others! It’s been an amazing experience so far and we are looking forward to enjoying the rest of our placement.

 But whilst our ICS adventure begins to come to an end, another begins. The December 7th elections are fast approaching and the countdown is on with exactly 8 days to the polls in what is considered one of the most fiercely contested elections in the history of our democracy. What are the factors that influence you when voting?  Some of our UK team members say policies regarding health care, reduction of poverty, mental illness and strategies to improve upon the standards of their educational systems. For our Ghanaian team members they are passionate about increased access to portable drinking water, construction of roads and infrastructure, as well as reliable power supply. But one thing which seems to cut across both cultural perspectives is a passion for educational change. I personally think that we need to amend our educational system; I think it high time we start seeking to make our educational system more skill oriented, so that graduates are able to obtain jobs once their education comes to an end. This is what I consider to be the woe of the people! For anyone else reading this, their answers may be different. But as the electorate it’s important we ask ourselves the following questions: do our politicians carry in their campaign the messages which are most important to the grass root? Do they hear our plight? Whatever your answers may be, make sure your voice is heard in this election through the ballot and not the bullet.  

It’s been 59 years since we accepted democratic rule and have since been enjoying the peace we fought for. Let’s bear in mind that the stakes are rather high in this year’s elections; let’s not throw away 59 years of peace, harmony and above all love because of our political differences. Over the years we have trusted our electoral commission with our election outcomes, and have wholeheartedly accepted the results of elections gone by; let’s not make this year’s an exception! At the end of the day we are still one people with a shared vision and destiny. So as we make our voices heard in this year’s elections let’s not forget who we are and what we stand for, for we are a nation founded on our differences through our shared humanity, a nation that fully acknowledges the fact that we are one big family and that we need each other to survive.

We as volunteers from different cultural backgrounds have been able to work together for the past two months because we have peace amongst one another, and it has been achieved through understanding. We therefore understand the importance of peace, and that is why we urge everyone who loves this country to help maintain peace before, during and after the December 7th polls.

                  A very apt quote: to achieve peace we have to learn to understand one another!

So for us to continue developing as a country, and to attain the status we want be it economic or whatever the grass root cries for, let’s always remember what Winston Churchill said: "If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another."  So let’s make sure that in this election it is Ghana we are voting for and let our love for this country supersede any other thing on this planet. Only then we will enjoy the blessing of peace.


What the 'Safe Choices' team stands for

I’m Treve Portia and I stand for peace!
I am Samuel Gyau, and I stand for Peace
I am Adjoa Osafo-Binfoh and I’m all for peace!
I am Dominic Adindah, and I stand for Ghana!
I am Pogzumah Mwinebom Anthony and I stand for PEACE AND GHANA
I am Aimee Healey and I stand for worldwide peace!
I am Sian Johnston and I stand for happiness and equal opportunity for all J
I am Fiona Cormie and I stand for environmental justice and protection!
I am Bawa Awonlie Sheila and I represent peace 

Written by: Bawa Awonlie Sheila
Edited by: Sian Johnston & Treve Portia

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