Accra – A model UN Security Council Session has been organized to round off the 65th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations in Ghana. The event took place in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, about 750 kilometres north of Accra bringing together 35 second cycle schools. The theme for the model Security Council Session was “The Responsibility of the Security Council in Maintaining International Peace and Security: HIV/AIDS and International Peacekeeping Operations.”
In the competition Tanzania represented by Northern School of Business came first. It was followed by Denmark represented by Tamale Girls’ Senior High School and the third position was taken by Tamale Senior High School representing the United Kingdom. UNIC-Accra and the UN system gave all the 15 participating schools UN publications while individual students received UN publications, UNHCR souvenirs made up of cups, pens, notebooks and diaries and branded 65th UN Day “T” shirts funded by UNICEF. UNIC-Accra provided background information on the theme for discussion, served as a judge during the competition and made a statement on behalf of the 65th UN Day Ad Hoc Planning Committee.
Alhaji Abdul Rahmani Shani, the Metropolitan Director of Education who represented the Regional Director of Education, urged the students to be studious and make it to the top to make their dreams a reality. He cautioned them that “the road to success was not all that smooth” emphasizing that “when you study hard you can make it.”
Alhaji Shani observed that the model session was aimed at empowering the youth and training them in the art of public speaking which was necessary for the youth in their development to take up leadership positions in future. He encouraged students who attended the programme as observers to draw useful lessons from the presentations of their colleagues and build on those lessons. The Metropolitan Director of Education strongly advised the students to shun bad company.
In her welcome address, the Headmistress of Tamale Girls’ Senior High School, the host school, Hajia Mariatu Mohammed, noted that the theme by drawing attention to the destructive effects of conflicts and HIV/AIDS was a good reminder to the people in the northern regions of Ghana and especially the youth to always take a second look at whatever action they intended to take and its effects before its implementation. In her view, if this was done, the country’s northern regions will “see a safer environment where peace and security would be the order of the day and give the people hope.”
Hajia Mariatu said the unending conflicts in the north had retarded development and invited all to pool their resources to guard the peace the country was presently enjoying. She had no doubt that the awareness the Model UN Security Council Session would raise about peace, development and HIV/AIDS would enable the youth to draw useful lessons and spur them on to achieve leadership positions both locally and globally.
Speaking on behalf of the 65th UN Day Ad Hoc Committee, Mr. Abraham K. Nunoo, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, entreated the students to focus on their books and acquire knowledge and not AIDS. He pointed out that if they did contrary to that, all their dreams, expectations and high hopes will instantly fizzle out.
Mr. Nunoo paid tribute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration for annually financing the programme, the Ghana Education Service for its support, the patrons of the Ghana United Nations Students and Youth Association (GUNSA), in various second cycle schools for their continued interest and assistance in giving the needed skills to the youth to better prepare them for the future and to the host school and all heads of schools that participated in the programme for their support.
Mr. Alhassan Hussein of the Northern Regional Directorate of Education chaired the function.
Earlier, cadets of the Tamale Girls’ Senior High School formed a guard of honour which was inspected by the Alhaji Abdul Rahmani Shani, the Metropolitan Director of Education and Hajia Mariatu Mohammed, Headmistress of Tamale Girls’ Senior High School, the host school.