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12.04.2008 General News

Ghana National Commission For UNESCO Launches 50th Anniversary.

By ISD (Samuel Sakyi)

The Minister of State-In-Charge of Tertiary Education, Ms Elizabeth Ohene, has reiterated that good governance and democracy are the key to the realisation of developing intellectual and moral solidarity to support the mainstream policies and programmes of the government.

She made this known when the Ghana National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO) launched it's 50 years of partnership and development anniversary, yesterday, in Accra.

According to her, cultural programmes are an aspect of socialisation which develops good governance through the mingling of diverse ethnic groups to promote good values and moral supports among citizens in the country. She said this move guarantees peace among the citizens on good governance.

Secretary-General for UNESCO, Mrs Charity Amamoo, disclosed that, 'it is in the minds of men that war is formed, and it is that same mind that peace have to be created.' She reteirated the need to be quick to acknowledge the challenges ahead in sustaining the ideals and tenets of UNESCO in Ghana.

She, therefore,called on key stakeholders, Parliamentarians, traditional rulers, District Assemblies, Civil society partners, foundations and similar institutions to liaise to assist UNESCO to make greater impact in the country after the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO.

Furthermore, UNESCO under its international Programme for the Development of Communication has contributed immensely towards the establishment of community radio stations at Ada, Apam, Asankragwa, Bisease, Pokuase, Sogakope, Winneba and swedru, adding that this media projects have aided the decentralisation of government policies and programmes through the dissemination of information channeled through the inky fraternity.

The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Alfred Oteng Yeboah,stressed that, to strengthen its capacity as leaders and pace-setters, UNESCO has over the years contributed towards the founding of the centre for Distance Learning and the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration at the University of Cape-coast.   Similarly, the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa and the Book Industry Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST) in kumasi, have all benefited from UNESCO.

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