Takoradi, 18 November, 2014 – UNIC Accra, in partnership with United Nations Association (UNA), Western Region, have taken some 400 students through an information and knowledge sharing session. The exercise, known as UN4U, was held at the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), Takoradi, and was attended by Senior High School students from 10 schools in the region. They were taken through various presentations on the history and work of the United Nations by the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah; on the role of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees by its Assistant Protection Officer, Mr. Samuel Dzikunu; and on UNA and the World Federation of UNAs, by Ms. Edna Nyame, the Secretary-General of UNA Ghana.
Mr. Obed Bentum of the Ghana AIDS Commission also educated the students on the state of HIV/AIDS in Ghana and the national response. He urged students to refrain from discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS and, instead, learn more about the disease in order to support national efforts to reach the “Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS related deaths” target.
Another interesting and engaging topic was on Ebola. The presentation was made by Mr. Chris Isaac Nyarko of the SOS International. He threw more light on the disease, its history and preventive measures.
At the end of the presentations, the students were given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. For many of the students, this was their first time of participating in such a session which offered them the platform to gain insight into the work of the UN and other useful topics. All the schools expressed their preparedness to host future UN4U sessions in the region.
UN4U is an outreach program which brings UN officials to speak to students in their schools. UNICs around the world are encouraged to organize such sessions in their countries to engage students at all levels.