The Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI), the Catholic social justice centre of the Society of Jesus
(Jesuits) has unveiled its latest initiative, “Conversations That Matter” (CTM), aimed at fostering dialogue among young people on crucial life issues.

Designed for individuals aged 18 to 30, CTM seeks to provide a platform for inclusive discussions for an audience that cuts across religious, political, cultural, and other affiliations

CTM endeavors to empower youth through focused discourse, careful analysis, and respectful dialogue. Recognizing this stage of life as formative, the initiative focuses on nurturing the capacity of young people to engage with core virtues, values, and principles.

“With CTM, we aim to provide a platform for informed and discerning thought leaders to share perspectives on critical concerns confronting young people today,” a statement issued by the AJI said.

The inaugural year of CTM will feature at least four in-person events, commencing in Accra in February and extending to other cities across Ghana, including Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale, and Ho. Each event will be broadcasted through various media channels and recorded for subsequent dissemination as podcasts, ensuring broader accessibility and outreach.

Speaking at the inaugural event of CTM will be Rev. Fr. Jean Damascene Bavugayabo, S.J., a Rwandese Jesuit, who will dilate on the topic: “Young People as Agents of Dialogue and not Destruction: Lessons from Rwanda”.

Fr. Jean Damascene Bavugayabo, S.J

The AJI notes that the topic for discussion is expedient because of the upcoming general elections in Ghana come December 2024. The first event will take place on Saturday, February 17 at Queen of Peace Parish Hall, Madina. There will another opportunity to hear the speaker on Saturday, February 24 at St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Baatsona. Both events will begin at 2:00 pm.

CTM’s scope encompasses a wide range of topics, including relationships, family life, politics, career guidance, health, human sexuality, migration, and entrepreneurship. By facilitating open dialogue on these issues, the initiative aims to equip young people with the skills and resources for critical thinking and robust intellectual engagement.

“Through CTM, AJI aspires to provide the youthful population in Ghana and across Africa with the space and tools necessary to navigate complex issues and emerge as wise and exemplary leaders,” the AJI statement added.