Accra, 28 September 2018: UNIC Accra has hosted some 62 students and 4 teachers as part of its outreach events dubbed “Meet the UN”. The students are from the Dansoman Baptist
Students of Osu Salem SHS during the presentation
Academy and Osu Salem Senior High School. “Meet the UN” is a platform that presents the works of the United Nations to the general public. For this set of students, the Centre, represented by the Reference Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Sarpong, placed emphasis on the history of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one of the key priorities of the United Nations.
Dansoman Baptist Academy students being briefed by Ms Sarpong
With excitement and curiosity, the students demonstrated apt knowledge of the UN after the presentation at which time they asked pressing questions and made some contributions. The students expressed their gratitude to the Centre for inviting them and charged themselves to “own” components of the SDGs and become advocates of same in their daily lives.
Both schools were presented with few UN publications for use at their school libraries.
Accra, 28 March 2018 – Several students from three universities in Ghana took part in this year’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade commemorative event. The event was hosted by Ashesi University College in Berekuso, outside Accra.
There was an exhibition entitled “A Legacy of Black Achievement”, featuring 21 notable personalities from various backgrounds, eras, regions and disciplines who paved the way for civil and human rights. The students were very delighted and inspired to have identified three Ghanaian personalities amongst the list.
The film, “Familiar Faces, Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora”, was screened. The film highlights the countless Afro-communities found in unexpected parts of the world and shows how African descendants maintained elements of their common culture.
A lecturer in English and Literature at the Ashesi University College, Mr. Eli Tetteh, gave an expose on the theme of the Day which is “Slavery: Triumph and Struggles for Freedom and Equality.” Using popular culture, such as music and movies, Mr. Tetteh expatiated upon the elements of the slave trade and prejudice in modern times. He noted that “the global experience of blackness is interconnected” and asked the youth to reflect on these when they listen to music and watch movies. He further stressed on the need for us to study slavery and the slave trade from a broader perspective instead of limiting our focus on either the gains or the pains so that we can make informed choices and decisions in our interaction with people.
The occasion provided useful insight into the objectives of the Day, which are to “Inculcate in future generations the causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice” to prevent its re-occurrence. The students were very appreciative of the learning opportunity offered them by UNIC Accra through this event. Some of them committed to express their knowledge in writing. Read about the #RememberSlavery event from the students’ perspective.