Ghana celebrates the „Day of the African Child“

On 16 June 2012, Right to Play Ghana and UNICEF Ghana organized a commemoration of this year’s “Day of the African Child”. The event took place at the Dzorwulu Special School in the Ghanaian capital Accra and received support from the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and other partners

The “Day of the African Child” traces back to the year of 1991 when the African Union (AU) initiated a remembrance to the children who lost their lives in a peaceful protest in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976.

The celebration was a participatory forum consisting of presentations, poetry recitals, fun fair, music, dancing and Right to Play games. The activities were planned to make the children to the core and centre of the activities. The climax was based on the “Abilities First Resource Model”. This resource ensured that the deliveries of sessions were inclusive and considerate of children with disabilities. The key learning value of the games was to develop respect for similarities and differences, develop leadership and cooperative skills.
In attendance were about 650 participants. Amongst them 450 children from five special schools, two regular schools and street children as well as athlete and sport ambassadors, state and non-state actors.

Explaining disability: From a medical model of to a social dimension

The country manager of Right to Play Ghana and former coordinator of the Football for Development project , Bella Bello Bitugu, emphasised that this years’ celebration is an opportunity to move from a medical model of explaining disability to a social dimension. The aim is “to change our perceptions and attitudes towards people living with disability so that all human beings in Ghana can be accorded their fundamental rights and so are able to realize their potentials and contribute their maximum to the development of Ghana.

The theme for this year’s celebration has been “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill.”  The objectives of the celebration were meant to
- engage both state and non-state actors in Ghana in objective discussions of the plight of persons living with disabilities
-  create awareness on the promotion of the rights of children
-  provide a platform to strengthen collaborations between professionals, children, ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Bella Bello Bitugu

Country Manager - Ghana
Right To Play
Tel:  +233(0) 302-766676/785728
Website :  External link in new

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