Accra, Ghana: Given the continuous negative impact of armed conflicts on peace, democracy and prosperity on the continent, peacekeeping missions and peace support operations will remain key instruments for managing these incidences of instability.
The breadth and complexity of undertaking Peace Support Operations demands a balanced representation of all stakeholders in any Peace Operations course, to achieve intended outcomes. In this light, KAIPTC, the German government and the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) jointly organized a Peace Operations course for over 100 participants from 13 countries.
Fifty-eight officers of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Course, 21 representatives from several governmental and non-governmental organizations in Ghana, 20 students from the GAFCSC Masters programme and 10 observers from the Combined Joint African Exercise, constituted the participants for the course.
The course, among others, enhanced the understanding of challenges of peace operations, strengthened the leadership qualities of participants, and provided a greater understanding in working relations among stakeholders.
Dignitaries in attendance at the joint ceremony were; Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Commandant GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshall Griffiths Evans, Commandant-KAIPTC, Brigadier General Irvine Aryeetey, Deputy Commandant-KAIPTC, Brigadier General Augustine Boimah, Deputy Commandant-GAFCSC, Col Robert Affram, Director Training-KAIPTC, Commodore Samuel Walker, Assistant Commandant-GAFCSC, Lt Col Michael Reinwald, German Military Representative/Course Director-KAIPTC, and Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Dean of Academic Affairs-GAFCSC.
The course was culminated with the Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX), code-named Exercise PURPLE VOLTA.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on 0302-718200 ext 1104/1203. You can find the KAIPTC on facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally-recognized institution and has till date trained and tutored over 18,000 participants and students since its inception.