The Giving to Ghana Foundation is initiating this Program regarding an educational opportunity in conflict resolution training. Professionals from Fordham University School of Law and St. John’s University School of Law together with Professor Nene Amegatcher from The University of Ghana have helped to develop this Program. This Program will lead to the establishment of the Marian Conflict Resolution Center at The Catholic University College of Ghana, West Africa.
This Program allows a cross-cultural exchange of conflict resolution skills between professionals in Ghana as well as professionals from the United States. This Program will be led by professionals who will initiate a process of “training the trainers” as the seeds of conflict resolution skills are planted in as many places as programming permits. Following the successful completion of this Program, the Marian Conflict Resolution Center will operate from The Catholic University College of Ghana. The Marian Conflict Resolution Center will work cooperatively with others to train qualified individuals in conflict resolution skills as well as serve as a coordination center to link those trained in conflict resolution skills with those in need of such skills. The successful establishment of the Marian Conflict Resolution Center can lead to the establishment at The Catholic University College of Ghana of the Marian Law School. The Marian Law School will be the first Law School ever to be primarily focused on conflict resolution skill-building and include development of ADR skills as a core component of the Law School’s curriculum.
This Program and the establishment of the Marian Conflict Resolution Center is premised upon a cultural exchange of experiences and methods that enhance appropriate conflict resolution skill development in Africa. An integral part of the development of this Program is the identification and empowerment of local leaders through a listening and learning process regarding conflict resolution techniques nurtured by the Marian Conflict Resolution Center. The Giving to Ghana Foundation is greatly indebted to our two outstanding Co-Chairs, Dr. Msgr. Seth Osei Agyemang and Fordham Law School Lifetime Award Recipient Dennis J. Kenny for their invaluable help with this Program.