The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has held its ninth matriculation ceremony for Master of Arts (MA) in Gender, Peace and Security programme on Monday, 7 September 2020 at the Centre.
The ceremony was to introduce the students to the overview and schedule of the Masters Programme, academic regulations and an opportunity to meet members of the faulty before the commencement of the academic work.
In all, thirty six students were admitted to pursue the Masters Programme in Gender, Peace and Security and its peacekeeping related programme.
In her welcome remarks, the Deputy Director, Faulty of Academic Affairs and Research, Dr Emma Birikorang welcomed the students to the Centre and gave them a brief background of the academic enterprise through a presentation. She urged them to take the opportunity not to only earn grades, but also to develop new skills and enhance their personnel attributes within their 18 months stay in the Centre.
Dr Birikorang advised the students that they should not hesitate to seek help whenever they were confronted with challenges in the Centre. “There is no point in keeping issues to yourselves, murmuring among yourselves without coming forth. This is why KAIPTC is different from any other institution, in a sense that we want you to finish and pass well,” she said.
The Deputy Commandant, KAIPTC, Air Commodore George Arko-Dadzie, on behalf of the Governing Board and Executive Management Committee welcomed and congratulated the students to the Centre. He said they had enrolled in an institution which stood tall in West Africa and the world with regards to training, education and research in African peace and security.
He said the aim of the programme was to equip them with the tools for analytical thinking, good judgment, leadership and management skills in the field of Gender, Peace and Security, conflict prevention, resolution and management.
He added that they would also be equipped with specialised knowledge and skills to play a meaningful role in the provision of professional leadership in multi-dimensional peace operations, International or Regional organisations, Peace council, Civil society Organisation as well as Non-Governmental Organisations.
He added that the programme would additionally expose them to different prospective and insight of gender, peace and security such as gender goals in conflict, the issues of women participation, cultural and tribal challenges of having men and women working together in peacekeeping, peace processes, peace building and political decision process.
Air Commodore Arko-Dadzie indicated that it was an opportunity for them to study and research on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on gender, conflict peace and security. “This among others should engage your attention as you pursue this programme,” he added.
He therefore urged them to be ambassadors of peace as the country would soon be heading towards its general elections. “As students of KAIPTC it is your duty to be ambassador of peace and exemplify the ideas of peace the Centre is reputed for,” he said.
The Assistant Registrar, Mr Fuseini Sanda took the students through the matriculation oath which formally ushered them into the Centre.