PROFILE OF REV. FR. THADDEUS KUUSAH
Fr. Thaddeus Kuusah is a priest of the Archdiocese of Tamale where he has been working for the past twenty one years. He comes from Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana and schooled in St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary in WA. After his ordination in 1997, he went to do his Masters in Social Science with specialization in Social Communications at the Gregorian University in Rome.
Upon return to the diocese in 2003, he has been in charge of the department of Social Communications and part time teaching in the Major Seminary in Tamale. He has also been in charge of the Justice and Peace Commission since 2005 and also the Satellite Peace Centre of the Archdiocese till date.
He has worked since 2004 with Regional Peace Council in the Northern Region first as chairman and now as Executive Secretary. He is also the Board Chairman of WANEP-Ghana.
He has mediated and still mediating in many conflicts situations in the Northern Region of Ghana. He has great passion for reconciling broken relationships at the individual and community levels.
In brief, Fr. Thaddeus Kuusah whole life and ministry till now has been in Peacebuilding a ministry he considers as a vocation, as a calling to contribute to peaceful and stable communities in the Northern Region and Ghana as a whole.
Engagement of Diverse Youth in Peacebuilding Activities
Within the broad framework of National Peace Council’s (NPC) mandate, Northern Regional Peace Council (NRPC) seeks to promote the participation of diverse youth in peacebuilding education, sensitization, and capacity building as necessary steps for building sustainable peace in Northern Region. Young people are valuable innovators and agents of change, and their contribution would forever be solicited and regarded as essential to building peaceful societies and supporting democratic governance. To promote the participation of diverse youth in peacebuilding, NRPC adopts multiple approaches. These approaches are: creating spaces for youth to express their views, increasing the capacity of youth to prevent and sustainably manage conflict at the community level, promoting intergenerational exchanges, building trust between youth and government, and integrating livelihood and employment programmes in peacebuilding.
Intervention at hotspot communities
NRPC fosters social cohesion and trust building through an inclusive and participatory peacebuilding programmes including but not limited to representatives of feuding parties, chiefs, women, youth, victims and marginalized communities, teachers, local government representatives, civil society actors, and religious leaders. Through this intervention, NRPC has been able to create dialogue and mediation platforms for parties in Bimbilla, Bunkpurugu, and Dagbon. Similar platforms had been created for rival political groups including vigilante youth groups to engage themselves as a way of addressing threats to peaceful coexistence.