Category Archives: Remember Slavery Day

Educational Talk on 2017 Slavery Remembrance at La Gaieté International School, Yaounde

UNIC Yaounde organized an Educational Talk with students of La Gaieté International School Complex, with over 175 students on 24 March 2017, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the theme Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent. The objective of the event was to increase awareness and to educate students on the legacy and contributions of people of African descent and the consequences of their actions on the societies in which they found themselves during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, as well as about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

UNIC’s Jean Njita presented the genesis and context of the 2017 commemoration, stating the historical background on the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. This was followed by the projection of UNESCO’s documentary “Routes de l’Esclave” (Slave Routes), an exchange with students to size up their understanding. Prizes of T-shirts, branded pens were handed to students who gave correct answers, sparking off many exchanges from students.

Jean Njita, highlighted (in French and English) the raison d’être of the observance, spelling out UN Resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007 declaring 25 March as Slavery Remembrance. He further presented the theme of the 2017 commemoration, saluted the courage of these men and women, who through their many valuable skills in rhythms, musical traditions, and arts contributed significantly to the development of societies and cultures around the world. Africans deported to the West carried along their culture and tradition, expanding on the rich musical repertoire of these communities, he stressed.

Mr. Njita presented the Human Rights violations, emphasizing the inhumane treatment meted on slaves by traders and masters. Citing articles 1, 3 &4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stressed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude…”, and called on the students to denounce any act of racism, discrimination and violence, so as to leave no one behind.

Participants then watched the film; Queen Nanny: Legendary chieftainess” and were thrilled by Queen Nanny’ story, as she reportedly led her people courageously to victory over the mighty British army. During the question and answer session, prizes were offered to students who gave correct answers to questions asked on the film “Queen Nanny”.

The over 175 participants were led by Jean Njita to a guided tour of a poster exhibition on “Remembering Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development”, composed of sets of 13 of posters highlighting the tenth anniversary of the Remember Slavery Programme, the work of the Decade, contributions of the African diaspora and the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in English and French. The symbols and message on each poster was explained to the students, to draw their attention to the atrocities of slave trade, slavery and encourage them to denounce any act tantamount to Human Rights violation, racism and discrimination in all its forms.

 

Educational Outreach Event to commemorate the 2016 Remember Slavery Day at Lycée de la Cité Verte

Photo1The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde organized an Educational Outreach Event on the theme  Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots”, to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of participantsthe Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the Lycée de la Cité Verte (Government High School) in Yaounde on 07 April 2016.

The objective of the event was to increase awareness and to educate students of the rich African culture and traditions that have impacted life in countries that were involved in the slave trade, and also decry the human Rights violations which characterized the exercise.

Participants watched the projection of the film; Queen Nanny: Legendary chieftainess”, followed by an exchange with students to ensure a better understanding of the story as Queen Nanny courageously led her people to victory over the mighty British army.Photo2  Photo21

The Panel discussion witnessed the participation of Christian Ndombi, in charge of Culture at UNESCO Bureau in Yaounde, and UNIC’s Jean Njita. Mr. Njita presented the Human Rights violations, stating the inhumane treatment meted on slaves by traders and masters. Using excepts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stressed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude…”

Photo3 Photo4

Mr. Ndombi distinguished slavery from transatlantic slave trade, condemned the silence surrounding this story which lasted over 4 centuries. He narrated the resistance of Africans to slave trade, as highlighted in the film “Queen Nanny”, adding that slavery led to the legitimation of the contempt against Black people whereby Blacks are considered an inferior race, and thus discriminated against (rooted in the “Black Code”). Africans deported to the West carried along their culture and tradition to the new world, expanding on the rich musical repertoire such as Jazz.

Photo5 Photo6 Photo7  Photo51

Panelists provided answers to questions raised by students. Press kits comprised of the UNSG message, background information on theme, Slave trade, and the brochure of the Ark of Return were distributed to participants and the media. UNIC also handed a gift of documents for the school library.