In 2010, when the Founder returned from the International Intensive Training in Nonviolent communication in Albuquerque, NM, USA, he started the Nonviolent Communication Project. As part of the project, MYCRO established the Center for Nonviolent Communication. The project focuses on peace education, peace dialogue, nonviolent schools clubs, and empathic communication trainings for communities. We have used these tools to support elections in Sierra Leone and other countries in Africa.
Nonviolent communication/ violence prevention during elections – Peace Campaign:
(Stand for Peace): MYCRO youth department works with universities and schools in creating violence-free programs that help to nurture young people’s minds on the importance of peace but not violence. This practice helps to prevent war and violence before, during, and after elections. For instance, the MYCRO and Thou Shall Eat Foundation conducted a nationwide peace campaign during the 2012 elections in Sierra Leone. MYCRO Ghana works with students of the University of Ghana and gracefully conducted the Stand for Peace 2016 peace campaign at the Ashaiman municipality. We will continue this approach in all of our serving communities to make sure young people take part in a peaceful election process and reduce violence.
Music for Peace: Many times, people believe that rallies and noisy campaigns can bring the possible change they expect but these approaches are often ineffective. MYCRO believes that music is the voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age or race or gender or nationality, beyond religious or political differences… straight to the heart, body, and soul of all people. Music is universal. Many cultures on Earth use music, even the most isolated tribes. Music has been in use for thousands of years, preceding the written and spoken word.
“There are no languages required in the musical world. That is the power of music, which is the power of the heart. Through this promotion of arts, we can better understand the culture and civilizations of other people. In this era of instability and intolerance we need to promote better understanding through the power of music.” – Formal UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.