International Youth Day and World Humanitarian Day marked to launch Excellence Awards for PLWD

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012– UNIC Accra partnered with Emperor Gaza International Foundation (EGIF) a local NGO, to mark jointly this year’s International Youth Day and World Humanitarian Day. Calling to mind the need for societal inclusion, the role of youth in changing negative perception about people living with disability (PLWD), and highlighting the spirit of humanitarians for all persons, EGIF decided to join UNIC Accra to mark these days by launching the first ever Awards ceremony for PLWD.

Photo 2_The Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs (middle) with other dignitaries

Dr. Henry Seidu Daana (middle) launches the Daana Awards

The Awards, to be known as the Daana Awards for PLWD, is named after the Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Henry Seidu Daana.   Dr. Daana is the first visually impaired person to hold a ministerial position in Ghana.  Launching the Awards, Dr. Daana embraced the bold initiative by EGIF to recognise the achievements of PLWD and the contributions of people and institutions working in the sector to highlight the challenges facing PLWD and to improve their opportunities. He also called on PLWD to aspire to greater heights in order to gain the recognition deserving of all people.

Photo 1_Cross section of invited guests

Cross section of invited guests

Photo 3_ Cultural performance

Cultural display

The event was attended by representatives of some of the UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs and the diplomatic community.  Also present was the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Joseph Yammin.  Supporters of the event included Dzorwulu Special School, a public school for children with special needs, and Just Care Foundation, a local NGO.