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31.08.2004 Regional News

Tamale Workers' college end course on Community Mobilisation

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Tamale, Aug 31, GNA - Prof Saa Dittoh, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, has said political problems in the country could be traced to poor understanding, structures and organizations of communities by political leaders.

He said communities have their political, social, economic, cultural and as well as religious structures that were structured in ways that ensured harmony among community members for mutual understanding but some politicians always fail to follow those structures for communication.

Prof Dittoh said this when he addressed participants at the close of a one-month course on Community Mobilisation and Management Practices in Tamale organised by the Tamale Workers' College.

The course was meant to enlighten participants on the basic principles of community mobilisation and development to help them to contribute their quota to community development.

Some 28 participants took part in the course and were presented with certificates.

Prof Dittoh said without adequate knowledge of community entry, mobilisation, management and development practices, development agents could easily introduce disequilibria into the community system. This, he said, could result into conflict and this often happened in several places in the country.

Prof Dittoh appealed to change agents and politicians to know the structures in communities before communicating with the people in order not to create confusion.

Mr Isaac Gyan Adjei, the Principal of the college, said the college would organise a workshop on Conflict Resolution in November to educate people on the need for peaceful elections in December.

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