On Saturday 27th February, 2016 Galaxy International School virtually brought the world to its new Secondary School complex at Adjiriganor, East Legon as it celebrated its 11th intercultural festival amidst fun, pomp and lots of cheer.
The event themed “towards global peace” kept everyone on their seats as they were eager to catch a glimpse of the spectacle that was being shown by 33 participating countries through the cultural display of flags, clothing, pictures, souvenirs and different dishes from different countries.
Being one of the most celebrated occasions that takes place annually, it allows students showcase the beauty of diversity by giving students the opportunity to manifest their nations through culture, music, dance and food.
The occasion is meant to teach students to appreciate and embrace each other’s culture as they learn more about one another. It is also meant to help students adopt the idea of seeking dialogue and tolerance first in any conflict resolution process especially these days that we have so much uproar.
As much as the day was meant to remind these young ones about the need for peace with regards to our cultural and ideological differences, it was also a gentle prompt to the rest of the world that maintaining peace should be at the core of humanity.
The principal for the Secondary Section, Mr. HakanKaraman stated that” we are indeed happy to have students from over 33 nations and that it is this multinational nature that makes Galaxy Int. School so diverse and yet so unique”.
He went on to explain that “the mission at galaxy School apart from educational objectives include fostering greater understanding between cultures. With such background rich in culture and diversity it is only proper that it is channelled in a manner that all can witness and appreciate”. The theme for the occasion is to lay emphasis on how important it is to peacefully co-exist in order to promote unity and harmony.
In conclusion, he thanked the various embassies of participating countries and other well wishers for their support as well as teachers, students and especially parents for their unflinching support through out the preparations. He was hopeful that Ghana would continue to serve as a bridge between the two countries and continue to play its role in making the world a better place.
Mr. Samuel OtopahNtow, Director, Pre-tertiary Private Schools-GES, the Chairman for the occasion in his speech emphasised that to understand and be able to live with other people peacefully, we need to know their their social orientation, customs, tradition, religion, language etc. He was grateful to all who had gathered and congratulated Galaxy for yet another feat.