Children in Accra mark Human Rights Day with a book review

Accra, 19 December, 2014 – Human Rights Day has been marked with a book review with Junior High School students of Osagyefo Leadership School in Accra.  The book reviewed was “Faceless” by Amma Darko, a Ghanaian Author. Faceless portrays many human rights concerns with particular focus on the plight of street children in Accra.

Madam Joy Debrah briefing the students

Madam Joy Debrah briefing the students

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, Ms Cynthia Prah, educated the students on the history and relevance of the Day. She also schooled them on their basic rights as children especially and enjoined them to learn more on their basic rights.

Speaking to the students, Madam Joy Debrah of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) encouraged the students to respect the rights of others even as they demand their own rights. She also prayed them to take their education and other privileges seriously and make the best of them since others crave similar opportunities. In also entreated the students to promptly report any case of human rights abuse they witness or suffer to the nearest CHRAJ office.

Students at the exhibition stand

Students at the exhibition stand

The students put all the information they gained to test using the characters and events in “Faceless” and relating them to similar situations in their homes and communities.

An exhibition on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was mounted as a side event.