05.08.2005 General News

Ga Mashie children participate in Homowo festival

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Accra, Aug. 5, GNA - About 200 children within the Ga Mashie community were on Friday brought together to participate in games by the Centre for Community Studies, Action and Development (CENCOSAD), a non governmental organization that advocates for an end to child labour. The games are meant to get the children involved in the on-going Homowo festival and sensitise the community about the effects of child labour. The children drawn from about seven schools in the community participated in spoon, sack and marathon races, football as well as an interactive drama that seeks to educate adults in the community about child labour. Professor Anobaah Serpei, Chief Executive of CENCOSAD, said the organization sought to reinforce self-esteem in children, as children needed self-esteem to help them to develop better. He said most children in the Ga Mashie community lacked basic education and there was the need to use their peers to educate them through the interactive drama. "We want to cultivate in these children the spirit of volunteerism, to teach them to help others without taking money," Prof. Serpei said. 05 Aug. 05

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