Rare Disease Day is celebrated on the last day of February every year all over the world. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness about rare diseases and its impact on patients and their families.
In support of the day, on Friday 28th February, 2020 the entire Infant School community came to school wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt with a touch of pink and had their hands painted with bright colours for a group photo. They later participated in a brief child friendly presentation and discussion on rare diseases.
To commemorate the day, a blanket of Edelweiss flowers will be made in Belgium where Linda Van De Sande (a former Infant School Art teacher whose son was diagnosed with WAGR Syndrome, a rare disease) comes from and lives with her husband Godwin and son Dylan.
In light of this, Mrs. Emily Grogan-Adi (Class1 Violet Teacher) worked with all the Infant School pupils to put together a beautiful paper flower blanket made with a combination of white flowers called Edelweiss (the national flower of Austria and Switzerland) and pink and white Impala Lily or Mole Flowers Ghana’s national flower.
At GIS we strive to ensure each member of our community demonstrates ‘Understanding of Each Other’ and shows respect for diversity that promotes respect for persons with different abilities (GIS Educational Objective # 3).
Well done Infant School for a well thought through celebration in support of Rare Disease Day!