United Nations organises outreach activities in Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana

Tamale – The United Nations Information Centre, Accra, in partnership with the UN Communications Group, has held 2 days UN4U outreach events for selected schools in the Upper East and Northern regions of Ghana.  The events were held in Navrongo and Tamale respectively and attended by a total of about 350 students of Senior High Schools and the University for Development Studies (UDS).

Cross section of the audience at the Navrongo UN4U event

Cross section of the audience at the Navrongo UN4U event

Students from the Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School (Notre Dame MSSHS), Sandema Senior Technical School and the UDS Navrongo campus got the opportunity to hear of the history of the United Nations and how it works with national partners to combat poverty, hunger, diseases and other challenges.  The 1-hour presentation by UNIC Accra National Information Officer, Ms Cynthia Prah, was followed by a question and answer session.

Ms Cynthia Prah making a presentation to students at the Navrongo UN4U event

Ms Cynthia Prah making a presentation to students at the Navrongo UN4U event

Many of the questions were to seek clarification on how the United Nations works to achieve its goal of making the world a better place. One of the most intriguing questions came from 17-year old Albert Ntondawoh of the Notre Dame MSSHS. Albert sought to find out the challenges of the world body when he took the microphone and spoke: “You have told us a lot about the work of the United Nations.  What are some of the challenges facing the UN today”?  Clearly Albert, like many students who attended the event, were surprised to hear that the UN is facing financial challenges and continued to enquire about sources of funding and the impact of lack of funding on its activities.

Cross section of the audience at the Tamale UN4U event

Cross section of the audience at the Tamale UN4U event

In Tamale, over 200 students from three Senior High Schools were briefed on the UN as a world body and its entities including the International Organisation for Migration and the World Food Programme.  The Reintegration Assistant of IOM, Mr Kassim Alhassan, provided an overview of the Work of the IOM: Global and Local, touching on specific IOM activities such as the Refugees Resettlement and Repatriation and the Counter-Trafficking Programs.  For his part, the Head of WFP of the Tamale Sub-office, Dr. Abebe Hankore briefed students on the operations of the WFP to combat malnutrition in the country and on its support for primary and girls’ education in the three Northern regions, notably on the much acclaimed School Feeding Programme.

The event was also attended by officials of the University for Development Studies, Tamale Municipal Assembly and the Ghana Education Service who took turns to address the students.

Students of the Tamale Girls Senior High School enacting a play on slavery

Students of the Tamale Girls Senior High School enacting a play on slavery

Students of the Tamale Senior High School Drama Group performed a thrilling play on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in commemoration of the International Day of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which fell on March 25.

Many of the students expressed their desire to participate in more of such events. For many others, this was their first time of having an opportunity to hear about the work of the United Nations and they expressed their appreciation to UNIC Accra for making such an event possible. Their views on the UN4U outreach events are available on You Tube.