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20.07.2004 General News

UG to run C'wealth Diploma in Youth Programme

By GNA

Accra, July 20, GNA. - The Commonwealth Secretariat has assigned the University of Ghana, Legon, to run a distance education programme for Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia under its two-year Diploma in Youth Programme.

The first batch of 37 Ghanaians and 15 Sierra Leonians have completed under the programme and have been awarded Diplomas. Another 15 are currently writing their examinations in the Gambia and will graduate soon .

Mr Reuben Aggor, Programme Co-ordinator told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on Tuesday that the programme, which was started in 1971 by the Commonwealth Secretariat for the training of youth workers from Commonwealth African countries was on residential basis from the Africa Centre base in Lusaka until 1998.

He said the programme was converted into a distance mode following a decision by Commonwealth Ministers in Trinidad and Tobago in 1997 adding that, funding for the programme was provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Mr Aggor said in all 16 Universities in the Commonwealth were involved in the programme and that the University of Ghana, Legon would be responsible for delivering the programme to students in Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

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