International Day of Friendship

BY: Selina Osei

Friendship is one of the most valuable bonds one could ever ask for.

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that highlights the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.

In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. Schoolchildren speak about how friends affect their lives.

Saeedatu Nasara Abdul Gagarin
Wilena Preparatory School
11 years
Good friends are the best to turn to in difficult times. My friend is always there to lend a helping hand when I am in trouble. Anytime my mother wants to punish me for doing something bad, she pleads on my behalf and even helps me with the punishment sometimes. In school, she shares her food with me and I also share mine with her. We study together too. It’s fun to have someone you can trust and do everything together.

Gifty Hoggar
New Abossey Okai Basic School
14 years

Friendship means a lot to me. My best friend is like a sister to me. She is my confidante and the pieces of advice she gives me are perfect. I once offended someone and my best friend drew my attention to it and advised me to apologise to the person. I am happy I always have someone i can count on in good or bad times.

Christabel Boateng
Odorkor Maclean 1 & 2
15 years

My friend is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She helps me a lot financially by sharing her pocket money with me. I am able to buy snacks at school during lunch time. She has told her parents about me, so whenever they buy books for her, they buy some for me too. She is good academically and also assists me in my studies.

Herbert John Kofi Apiedu
Wilena Preparatory School
11 years

My friend is very jovial. When I am sad he quickly notices it and always tries to put a smile on my face. He helps me academically; whenever I don’t understand a topic he is always there to help me out. I cherish him a lot because he is always there for me.

Nana Kojo Odum Otoo Jr
Wilena Preparatory School
12 years

I didn't really value friendship until a friend helped me when I was in need. I wanted a game pad very badly but my parents didn't have enough money to buy it for me. My friend told his parents and they bought a game pad alongside other games and books for me. That day was the happiest day of my life. I will forever be grateful to them. He has been a good friend ever since.



Emmanuel Adjakor
New Abossey Okai Basic School
13 years

I have one friend I cherish. He has helped me a lot academically. I find it difficult to study and was always at the bottom of the class. My friend realised it and made sure I paid attention in class and explained everything afterwards. He comes to my house to help me to study. He has made a tremendous impact on my life. Now I can proudly say I have improved academically and no longer at the bottom.