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CAID: Commemoration of Day of the African Child Film Screening
Ibrahim Ceesay Social Justice Activist & Film-Maker Executive Director, CAID
In commemoration of the African Child Day, Children
and Community Initiative for Development (CAID), on 16th June, 2014 to gather government
officials, youth groups, UN Agencies, Students, CSOs amongst others personalities to a screening of the
award winning film ‘’The Hand of Fate’’ on the 16th of June 2014 by
6:00p.m at the Ebunjan Theatre, opposite Gambia Football Association House
Kanifing Institutional Area, as part of commemoration of Day of the African
Child (DAC) 2014.
The screening will be followed by discussions,
questions and answers with cast and crew of the film, Government officials, UN
Agencies, Students, Youth Groups and Civil Society Organizations on the
theme of DAC 2014.
The Children and Community Initiative for Development CAID, is a public
interest based organization striving towards children and community development
in the Gambia. Disadvantaged communities and children that vulnerable to
poverty and human rights violations are powerful agents of change and
development when mobilized from within. CAID believes that children are the
leaders in future making therefore, they should be educated, empowered and
equipped with the necessary skills in circumventing challenges affecting them
at all levels.
On 16 June every year, the African Union and its Partners celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC), in
commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa.
The students protested against an education designed to further the purposes of
the apartheid regime. The brutal response of the apartheid security agencies to
the unarmed students’ protests resulted in the death of a number of them. The
1976 protests contributed greatly to the eventual collapse of the apartheid
regime. In 1991, the African Union Assembly passed a resolution designating 16 June as a Day for the
celebration of the African child.
The DAC presents an opportunity for all Stake-holders on children’s
rights, including government, non-governmental and international entities, to
reflect on issues affecting children in Africa. The DAC is an opportune moment
to take stock of the progress made and the outstanding challenges towards the
full realization of the rights of children at the national and regional level.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is a “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all
children in Africa"
CAID as part of its campaign against ‘’child marriage’’ and promotion of
‘’girls education’’ has co-produced a film called “The Hand of Fate’’. The film
explores the theme of early marriage and its negative effects on the
development of young girls. It poses questions in an attempt to find some
answers to this cultural phenomenon. CAID intends to use film as a tool for
change and social transformation in form of edutainment (education through
entertainment) and infotainment (information through entertainment). Film has
always been a bridge between education and entertainment. From the earliest
time, theatre and film has been used to spread news, share history, or educate
people about events outside of their communities. Audience members often relate
to characters on television drama and are motivated to participate in
interactive opportunities for discussing the controversial and sensitive issues
of sexuality, intravenous drug use, violence against girls and women, child
abuse, environmental hazards, and other social issues affecting young people
This enriching, highly educative and quality
film “The Hand of Fate’’ based on the book written by renowned Gambian
Playwright and Threatre Director Mrs. Janet Badjan Young and Produced &
Directed by Ibrahim Ceesay. The Hand of Fate has been premiered and screened in The Gambia on the 1st
February 2013 and was reckoned by many as the biggest movie event in The
The film was also screened in Ethiopia as part
of the African Union 50th Anniversary Celebrations, screened in
Paris-France as part of the UNESCO Africa Week and subsequent screenings also
took place in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It is the 1st Gambian film
to make it for international screening. The film won ‘’Best Indigenous Film’’
at the Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (African Oscars) held in
Washington D.C. on the 14th of September 2013.
The UN designated “Innovating for
Girls’ Education” as the official theme for the International
Girls Day in 2013, it is important to reflect on the barriers to girls’
education and innovative solutions to addressing them. Given the strong
correlations between rates of child marriage and progress on education for
Sequel to the above, we write to kindly invite
you as Special Guest to the screening of the award winning film ‘’The Hand of
Fate’’ on the 16th of June 2014 by 6:00p.m at the Ebunjan Theatre,
opposite Gambia Football Association House Kanifing Institutional Area, as part
of commemoration of Day of the African Child (DAC) 2014. The screening will be
followed by discussions, questions and answers with cast and crew of the film,
Government officials, UN Agencies, Students, Youth Groups and Civil
Society Organizations on the theme of DAC 2014.