Profile of Regional Executive Secretary-Western Region
Mr. Damien Ayamwuni Asobayire holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Cape Coast-Ghana, Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana and Advanced Diploma from the Institute of Commercial Management, UK.
Mr. Asobayire has eighteen (18) years of experience in various fields including peace work. Over these years, Mr. Asobayire has acquired and developed skills and competencies in project/programme design, development and implementation, communication, facilitation, advocacy, networking, negotiation, mediation, dialoguing, administration, research just to mention but a few. Since he joined the NPC, he has had the opportunity to participate in courses relevant to his work and these include, training on defense in a wider security context from the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre, training for insider mediators from the Clingendael Institute-Netherlands and other numerous training on negotiation and mediation organized by
the National Peace Council in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast.
Apart from mediating in conflicts that are brought to the attention of the Council, one major flagship programme initiated and institutionalized in the region since the establishment of the Regional Peace Council is peace education and setting up of peace clubs in the Senior High Schools. The purpose of the programme is to “catch them young”. The peace education programme is intended to inculcate into the students the spirit of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
With this programme, it is expected that violence, which is often characteristic of students’ demonstrations will be prevented.
Members of the peace clubs are expected to be trained as “Peer Mediators” while all students, having been sensitized, will go back to their communities as ”Peace Ambassadors”.
Out of 50 public and 22 private SHSs in the region, 25 SHSs have so far benefited from the peace education.