The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Elsie initiative for women empowerment, Canada have held a cadre dubbed “Minor Staff Duty Cadre 2020" at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).
The 2-week course which commenced on Monday 13 and expected to end on Friday 24 January 2020 is aimed at enhancing the leadership, analytical and communication skills of junior level officers, men and women to perform command and staff functions in the United Nations (UN) setup.
The Deputy Commandant GAFCSC, Brig Gen Michael Akpatsu said the course seeks to let participants understand the techniques used in general operational staff works, targeting UN correspondents, operational brief and operational report writing.
He said the course intends to make participants understand the structure, roles and functions of the UN and its sister organisation in peace keeping environment as well as familiarise participants with some aspects of domestic and international affairs and how they influence security, intelligence, socio-economic and political stability in UN operations among others.
He stressed that the course will make participants understand the fundamentals of military decision -making process and its application in the UN Peace Support Operations (PSO). To this end, he said a platform would be created for professionals and key personalities with diverse exposure in the Peace Support Operations and other fields to share their experiences with participants.
He however, used the opportunity to express his condolence to the Canadian Embassy for their personnel who passed away during the Iranian plane crash.
Speaking on behalf of the Canadian High Commissioner, the Senior Liaison Officer, Miss Diane Tisdal said the Canadian government was proud to partner Ghana to increase the number of participation of women in peace operations.
She said that had become necessary because when women are part of the UN mission, communities respond and participate better, share more information and feel more comfortable with personnel thereby reducing sexual exploitation.
She hinted that Ghana and Canada will soon explore ways to improve the recruitment, retention, equipment, training and promotional opportunity.
She expressed her profound gratitude to GAF, Elsie Initiative Implementation Committee, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their collaboration towards a good course.