Accra, Ghana, 11 January 2019 – A student briefing has taken place at the Accra Academy for over 300 Senior High School students as part of the 2019 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Accra. The event was organized by the United Nations Information Centre, Accra, with the involvement of Accra Academy, the host school, the German Embassy and the Israeli Embassy in Accra.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust remembrance activities is, “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend your Human Rights”.
Introducing the programme, the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah, said UNIC Accra is keen on sensitizing the youth to eschew hatred, discrimination and prejudice in society. She said such outreach events, supported by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, are very significant platforms to inform,educate and engage the youth on pertinent issues affecting us.
The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Ms. Shani Cooper-Zubida, shared and emotional personal story of the Holocaust, which captivated the audience. She traced her experience from her grandmother,who at only six years old, was a second generation of her family lineage to be directly affected by the Holocaust. Ms. Cooper-Zubuda encouraged students to treat others equally. “Never judge people by their religion, gender or race.Always look at them as equal to you”, she said. She further advised the youth to have a conversation with their grandparents to understand and appreciate the experiences of their families.
The Culture, Press and Trade Officer at the German Embassy in Accra, Ms. Gudrun Haider, mentioned that discrimination should not be justified and entreated students to continuously strive for a better world.
US based Ghanaian poet,Cynthia Amoah, who is known for empowering listeners through her poems, presented a poem dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. She voluntarily participated in the event “to encourage the youth to use social media and their writing skills to inspire people rather than promote hate” she stated.
The Head of Accra Academy, Mr. William Garr, thanked UNIC Accra for choosing to observe Holocaust Remembrance at his school. He appealed for educational materials to held the students gain better understanding of the Holocaust and other related events.
The event took place in response to the need for education and awareness creation about the Holocaust among the youth. The students watched in total silence as the film titled, “the Path to Nazi Genocide” was screened.A second event involving high-level dignitaries is expected to take place later in the month. Holocaust Remembrance falls on January 27 each year.