Day 3 of the Child Initiative Forum was an exciting one for the children!
We started off the day by having interactive sessions with the Inspiring Ambassadors.
The inspiring ambassadors encouraged children to see the benefits of working hard and persevering in their education. They inspired the children with stories of their own experiences, showing how they overcame struggles in their own lives to become the successful people that they are.
The ambassadors also served an important purpose in making the children feel at ease from the more informal setting. They are students themselves, they are Child Rights Clubs members, and have gone through many of the same experiences as the students and participants in the Child Initiative Forum. Children asked many of the personal questions they had, and, in the process, alleviated many of their fears and stresses on their future in school and life.
Some children even exchanged numbers with the Inspiring Ambassadors so that they can continue to receive this guidance and encouragement even after they go home, and know that they have the support of someone who went through similar struggles and experiences.
Cape Coast University
Following the sessions with the inspiring ambassadors, the students went the Cape Coast University, where they were greeted by university staff who showed them the university, including looking in depth at the large library, something many of the kids, particularly those in isolated rural communities, are not exposed to. In addition, the university representatives spoke with the children about the opportunities going to university provides you, and how you can achieve this level of education.
The day and the Child Initiative Forum concluded with an excursion to Elmina Castle. Children got to explore an incredibly beautiful building steeped in culture and history.