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International Children's Day 2015

"This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty."
-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

International Children’s Day 2015 brought the ARIS spirit out in everyone! The whole community came together to bring awareness about the rights of children. Acting on the importance of ensuring that the world’s children are not forgotten, ARIS invited the orphaned children from Medina Islamic School, a sister school founded by G.S.I.E.R.


The anticipation could be felt school wide as the students and staff, dressed in blue, awaited their arrival. The Cadet Club drum beats were loud, creating an electric vibe in the air, nobody could mistake the importance of the awaited guests. 

Once the MIS pupils arrived a gigantic confetti tube was exploded and confetti rained down on the crowd.  

After the energetic welcome, ARIS pupils paired up with the MIS pupils for a day of fun, a real celebration of children! Gathered under the common area, pupils were treated to a short skit put on by Dr. Fatma Odaymat (Head of Schools) and Madame Sandeepa Chavan (PYP Coordinator). The performance could have won the duo an academy award for best actresses!

Madame Chavan was acting as the mother of Dr. Fatma, who refused to wake up for school. Madame Chavan used many strategies, and finally resorted to throwing a bucket of water on the sleepy girl. The pupils all laughed, but walked away with an important impact message, although you have rights, they also come with responsibilities.

The day continued with all of the MIS pupils joining ARIS pupils in their classes. Treats were shared, while the pupils got to know each other. Year 5 pupils held a question and answer session to get to know their guests better. The class found out that the pupils from MIS liked Brazilian footballer Ronaldo, more than the Argentine footballer, Leo Messi. 

The brotherhood was strong, and there was a connection made today, creating a lasting bond between friends. 

Children's Day at Secondary school was celebrated with awareness sessions, presented by students in various classes.

The secondary students are all too familiar with the rights and responsibilities of children, and those whom are not getting those rights. Working diligently alongside some of the most impoverished villages in Ghana, students have shown their empathy to many.

The students just finished a project with the Roman Catholic School, Asesewa, located in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The project was a collaboration between the Economics, Enterprise and Global perspectives classes. The coursework focused on the right to quality education. The project partners were staff and students from the Roman Catholic School, Asesewa. The coursework topics included, Education For All, Poverty and Inequality, Water, and Food and Agriculture. read more

The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.

On the basis of the Convention and joint effort by all the countries and regions, let us promote and celebrate children’s right on the Universal Children's Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogues and actions.​ - Taken from UN.ORG ​

ARIS secondary students have announced the detailed plan for the observance of International Children's Day, this Friday, 20 November 2015. (original article Wednesday 18 November 2015) All ARIS students, and staff will wear blue, showing their support for International Children's Day. The Primary pupils will host students who attend the Medina Islamic School. Over 55 pupils from our sister concern, The Madina Islamic School will come in and spend the day with ARIS pupils. Along with the support in colour, the secondary students have a day planned as well.