Community Based Organizations (CBOs) representatives drawn various communities in the Northern Region are participating in a two day festival of ideas and knowledge sharing in Tamale.
The CBOs Network which has been in existence for some 11 year under the Ghana Developing Communities Associations, meet annually to share community experiences, enhance their capacity building processes, foster co-operation and network in order to better their community lives.
The 11th CBO network which is on the theme; “building a sustainable future: coming together to end poverty and discrimination,” also attracted people from the academia, and the GDCA membership made up of School for Life, Community Life Improvement project (CLIP), Youth Empowerment for Life and other experts who will take participants through chosen topics related to this year’s theme.
Speaking on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the GDCA, the Governance Advisor at the GDCA secretariat, Philip Gmambi underscored the relevance of promoting discourse for national development.
For her part, Hajia Mariama Yakubu, the Chairperson of the CBO Network had this to say about this year’s CBOs festival.
Speaking on ‘building a sustainable future; coming together to end poverty and discrimination,’ a local governance expert; Richard Kambota reminded Ghanaians that planning for the future in a sustainable manner would require dialoguing and effective participation.
He said Ghanaians must also take proper care of the environment and avoid acts that expose the future to avoidable risk.
Earlier, Chief Alhassan Issahaku, retired population officer for the Northern Region who chaired the opening session; said poor parenting if not addressed could affect the quality of the potential leaders the country was raising.
He regretted that although women count in development, but society seldom count them especially in the northern part of the country where cultural misapplications and religious misinterpretations had held the progress of women backwards.