Accra – UNIC-Accra in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and the Ghana Education Service has organized two events related to this year’s “Stand Up, Take Action and Make Noise for the MDGs.”
The first event in Accra was a joint programme with MUSIGA and 1500 school children aged above 12 years at the MUSIGA Auditorium. Led by the UN Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, teachers, musicians, school children and the general public read the Stand Up Pledge. The participants with all kinds of musical instruments – cymbals, whistles, drums, school bands, vuvuzellas- and shouting, stamping of feet, clapping and all sort of noise making they actually made noise for 20 minutes. This was led by the artiste Mr. Tony Simpson.
The noise was loud and clear and it will remind Ghana’s leaders to make strenuous efforts to close whatever remaining gaps to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 as its latest national report on the MDGs states that the country was not likely to achieve the two goals by 2015.
The UN Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon took the lead in signing the Signature Banner with teachers, musicians, invited guests and school children following. Selected school children recited poems on poverty prepared by UNIC-Accra while the Wind Afrique Band outdoored its version of the “8 Goals of Africa” song originally produced by the UN system in South Africa with a group of top African musicians.
Participating schools in the Accra event included Morning Star, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Ghana Galaxy International, Mary Mother of Good Counsel and Jack and Jill.
In the afternoon of the same day, UNIC-Accra in conjunction with the Ashiaman Private Schools Advisory Committee organized a similar event at the Ashiaman Number One Government School Park, about 35 kilometres east of Accra.
UNIC- Accra mobilized up to 2000 school children who went on procession through some principal streets of the town carrying placards some of which read “Government Keep your Promise”; “MDGs must be Achieved”; “End Poverty Now” and “Let’s say No to Poverty.”
The Ashiaman event was graced by the presence of the Ashiaman Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Addy Nunoo who in a statement assured the people of the pragmatic steps the government was taking to bring in line the goals the country was lagging behind.
Besides the school children the participants included Members of Parliament, NGOs, members of the Ashiaman Private Schools Advisory Committee and the general public. Among the schools were Church of Christ School, Future Leaders Academy, Divine Providence Academy, United International School, Martin Luther King School and Evangelical Presbyterian Basic School.
Ms. Evelyn Sarpong of UNIC-Accra led the participants to read the Stand Up Pledge and the signing of the Signature Banner.