Galaxy International holds 10th inter-cultural festival

Mrs. Elizabeth Ofusu Agyare(second right) exbiting the Galaxy intercultural festival cloth   with Mr. Yusuf Temiston(right),GM of Galaxy School in Accra.Photo;Mercy AmparbengGalaxy International School, last Saturday held its 10th annual inter-cultural festival in Accra on the theme, “Let’s build a peaceful world together”.

The festival brought together students, from 40 different countries worldwide, to display their rich cultural heritage amidst various local and foreign cultural performances.

The students clad in beautiful European, American, Asian and African wears, sang and danced to many songs including Ghanaian fine tunes like “Oman ba pa”.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, who opened the event called on the society to embrace tribal and cultural diversity as ways of fostering peace and unity.

She said the cultural differences among various tribal groups and nationalities should not be the basis for wars and conflicts but should be used as means of sharing ideas and knowledge.

“We all have our beliefs, cultures and traditions but we are still one people. This should form the basis of our thinking, hence we should maintain peaceful co-existence to diversity.”

Mrs. Ofosu-Agyare said the government had shown commitment to implementing programmes and policies that promote peace and unity in the country.

She said the ministry was opened to all forms of culture and sought to promote African values, especially among children through its programmes.

The General Manager of the Galaxy International School, Mr. Yusuf Temizkan, urged parents to expose their children to the culture of their country while training them to tolerate others.

He said the world could only be a peaceful place when people learnt how to accept individual differences and diversities.

According to him, the school in its quest to realise such objective had designed its training programmes to inculcate in its students how to co-exist with different cultures.

Mr. Temizkan condemned verbal and physical attacks as well as ethnic and religious conflicts saying “it was time people in the world see themselves as one”.

By Charles Amankwa      

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