Accra, Ghana, March 29, 2012
About 200 Ghanaian children will have the opportunity to express their experiences in art form following their visit to the Cape Coast Castle.
The educational tour of the Castle is being organized by the United Nations Information Centre in Accra with financial support from the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.
“We are excited to see students not only visit the Castle but to tell it in their own words what they feel about reliving the experiences at the Castle” Says the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah.
At the end of the Day, UNIC Accra hopes to have the best 10 submissions by the students published in the local newspapers and online by various organizations with a keen interest in the Day, historical sites and museums and monument boards across world.
According to Ms Prah, “This is one way of reaching out to our children and making their voices heard in matters of global concern”
Four schools have been selected from the Greater Accra Region and four from the Central Region. They are Kanda and Dzorwulu Junior High Schools, St. Anthony Basic School and St. Paul’s Lutheran School from the Greater Accra. From the Central Region, Academy of Christ the King School, Aggrey Memorial Senior High School, Oguaa Secondary Technical School and Abakrampa Senior High School are taking part.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade lasted for 400 years from the 16th century to the 19th century with the sale and exploitation of millions of Africans by Europeans. On 17 December 2007, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution (62/122) which declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The resolution also called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.”
The purpose of this Day is to honour the memory of those who died as a result of slavery as well as those who have been exposed to the horrors of the middle passage and have fought for freedom from enslavement. This commitment by the UN and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.