Bahai News - Baha'is take part in Uganda's national UN Day celebration
Baha'is take part in Uganda's national UN Day celebration
JINJA, Uganda, 10 November 2000 (BWNS) -- The Baha'is of Uganda showcased
their achievements and activities in the areas of education, family health,
moral training for children, publishing, and collaboration with other
non-governmental organizations at a national United Nations Day celebration
held on 24 October 2000 at the Muguluka Primary School.
The school's grounds, located 15 miles from Jinja on the Jinja-Kamuli road,
were transformed into a festive fairground, with booths and tents
representing a large variety of United Nations, government, and civil
society organizations. The Baha'is erected a large white tent with a
banner proclaiming "The earth is one country and mankind its citizens."
Throughout the day hundreds of people toured the five information tables
in the Baha'i tent, many lingering for extensive discussions and
requesting follow-up contact. The Chief Guest for the day was Uganda's
Minister of Information, Basoga Nsadhu, accompanied by the United
Nations Resident Coordinator Dauda Toure. They were escorted through
the Baha'i exhibits by George Olinga, Director of the Baha'i Office of
The Uganda Baha'i Institute for Development displayed curriculum guides
and training materials for teachers and parents in the areas of health
education and moral development. The Baha'i Publishing Trust displayed a
wide range of Baha'i literature, including translations of Baha'i
scripture into several indigenous languages.
Another table handled nominations for a peace prize to honor individuals,
groups or institutions for their contributions to a culture of peace in
Uganda. The Baha'is are co-sponsoring the prize along with the government
and several NGOs as part of the observance of the International Year for
a Culture of Peace.
Earlier in the week, on 22 October, the Baha'is held an observance of
United Nations Day at the Baha'i National Center in Kampala that opened
with a devotional program at the Baha'i House of Worship. The keynote
speaker was A. M. Qureshi, representative in Uganda of the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Association.
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