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Mercury International Sponsor Free Sarafina Film Show

Mercury International Sponsor Free Sarafina Film Show

Children in the Media Sierra Leone, a multimedia concept organization joined their counterparts across Africa in commemorating the Day of African Child on June 16 last week Saturday.

The organization screened a free ‘Sarafina’ Film Show at the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) in West central of the capital Freetown. The show was supported with a total amount of Le 3 million by leading sports betting company, Mercury International Charity Foundation.

The Free Sarafina Film Show attracted over 400 school children including children from deprived communities in the western area. The rationale for screening the film show was to reflect minds of young folks on the apartheid regime, following the June 16, 1976 massacre in the streets of Soweto, South Africa.

On this day, a number of about 10,000 black school going children took to the streets, in Soweto, in protest marching in a column of more than half a mile long, protesting over the poor quality of their education in demand that their languages should be  taught in their school syllabus.

Hundreds of young students were shot dead and the famous among them being Hector Peterson.

Speaking during the occasion, Sallieu Sesay said the Day of African Child is an event commemorated each year in Sierra Leone since it adoption by the OAU in 1991.

He reiterated the fact that the day was observed in honour of those killed in the 1976 Soweto uprising, adding that the event is one that also raises awareness for the continuing needs to improve the quality of education acquired by the African children.

Mr. Morlai Conteh, a Member of Board of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) who served as Chairman in the Program said Children in the Media and Concept Multimedia formed a partnership with Girl Child Network an organization advocating for the right of girl child and the Golden Youth Organization to stage the show.

Children in the Media believe that June 16 should be a day of reminiscence for African leaders in order for them to create the necessary opportunities to provide quality education for children in Africa” said Mr. Conteh. “This day should also be seeing as a day wherein teachers and other academic institutions should educate their pupils on their rights and responsibilities as patriotic citizens”, Mr. Conteh stated.

Before the film started, children were given the opportunity to recite poems that educate their peers about their right to be educated. Delicious food drinks and Pop-corn were served in the show. All the partners expressed appreciation to the Mercury International Charity Foundation for their support.

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