In August of 2002 at the first International Youth Leadership Program, 50 young people from around the world, 25 international and 25 local youth from Ghana, seeded the beginnings of this Center.  These youth committed to action in support of building this center, as well as other action plans which further peace.

The 2003 International Youth Leadership Program was offered at the end of June and focused on Health and HIV-Aids as a part of Peace education. This program was followed by a Teacher Education retreat.

The 2004 International Youth Leadership Program (the firstOpatafo Peace Builder Program), focused on 3 core concepts:  Peace, Conflict Transformation, and Leadership.  Youth gathered to learn peace building skills and then went out to train other youth.
The Center is located on a beautiful piece of open land gifted by Chief Osei Boakye Yiadom II as a tribute to her late husband, K.K. Apeadu who died in a UN peace mission.
Chief Nana Apeadu (her other name) is also known as the Peace Maker (Opatafo, in Twi)  and Earth Mother.  As the spiritual leader of her community she has full support of the local people as well as the Ministry of Education of Ghana for this endeavor.

The Center’s mission is to abide by the pledges of the Manifesto 2000 for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence:
* Respect all life.
* Reject violence.
* Share with others.
* Listen to understand.
* Preserve the planet.
* Rediscover solidarity.
In the creation of this Center, there is the hope that it will not stand alone, but as a blueprint and pilot for other grassroots Centers of peace education.  The Apeadu Peace Center will serve as an example of youth learning together and building a culture of peace and non-violence.  Africa calls us to fulfill a moral obligation if we are to recognize that we are a global society and that all of life is interdependent.

Children of the Earth. is an official organization sponsoring this endeavor.  COE is a 501(c)(3) and is an NGO organization recognized by the United Nations for its work with young people around the world.
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The Directors, Nina Meyerhof, Chief Nana Osei Boakye Yiadom II, and Audrey Kitagawa, are committed to the knowledge that young people, when given the opportunity, with spiritual guidance for ethical standards and correct information, can and will create a better world for themselves and others.


Continuing Programs include:
International Youth Leadership-- youth from around the world gather with local youth to discuss global issues and create action projects.
Ghana Teacher Peace Education-- training for teachers from local schools following International Youth Leadership Programs.
Local Health Program for Youth-- experts work with local youth on prevention and care taking relative to health issues, especially HIV-AIDS.
Youth Skill-Building-- training for young people in areas that support the elimination of poverty, such as tie-dye, batik, bead making, farming, carpentry, sewing, computer skills and more.  This began in the Liberian refugee camp.
African Youth Congresses-- groups working for a better future for Africa are encouraged to offer programs and conferences at the site.
Life Skills for Self-Help-- programs to teach skills such as micro-lending, building businesses, banking and lending.
Refugee Education and Human Rights Advocacy-- workshops for refugees, local youth and other interested people.
Women as Leaders-- empowerment workshops for women and girl children.
Youth as Peacemakers / Opatafo Peace Builder Program-- self-propagating training beginning in the local community and refugee camp to develop peace-making, peace-building, and peace-keeping skills.
Aburi-Akuapem Ghana
West Africa
The hills of Aburi
The Apeadu Peace Center is a non-governmental organization incorporated under the Ghana companies code 1963 Act (179), whose aim is to keep alive the memory of the late Kwafo Kwaku Apeadu and to continue his work, spreading peace throughout Africa and the world.  The organization envisions projecting a platform of peaceful co-existence as a base for the emergence of a tolerant and mutually-respecting, multi-ethnic society by the year 2010.
Apeadu Children’s Peace Center, Aburi-Akuapem, Ghana