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22.01.2005 General News

Foundation pledges $10bn yearly to develop African

By GNA

Winneba (C/R) Jan. 22, GNA - The Golden Brown Foundation of Great Britain has pledged 10 billion US dollars annually for ten years for the general development of Africa.

Among areas to be given priority attention are general the improvement of higher educational institutions, manpower resource development, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and managements and projects.

The General Secretary of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Mr John S. Rowett announced this when he met the authorities of the University Of Education Winneba (UEW) at Winneba on Friday.

They included Professor Jophus Anamuah Mensah, Vice-chancellor, Professor Jonas Apkanglo-Nartey, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Mr. Christopher Mensah, Acting Registrar and Mr. Benjamin Kpodo, Finance Officer, all of the University.

Mr Rowett told the authorities that his visit was to acquaint himself with some of the problems at the University and also to map out areas that the ACU could assist.

He said: "The education for all policy will not succeed if an educational institution like the UEW is not properly resourced to enable play its principal roles of establishment."

Professor Anamuah Mensah briefed Mr Rowett about the history and function of the University and said it was the only University in the sub region that was responsible for the training of all categories of teachers.

According to Professor Anamuah Mensah about 7000 teachers were undertaking degree and diploma courses through the University's distance education programme.

He said despite government's assistance to improve facilities at the University, it still needed assistance to expand existing structures and facilities to meet the increasing number of candidates wishing to enter the University.

The Vice-Chancellor said that programme had been put in place for more women to enter the University "to gender balance" it's programme.

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