41 govt officials graduate from Spanish Language Centre

Mohammad Habibu Tijani(seventh from right),Claudia Turbay Quintero(seventh left) with the participants.

Mohammad Habibu Tijani(seventh from right),Claudia Turbay Quintero(seventh left) with the participants.

FORTY one diplomats and public servants have graduated from the Colombian Spanish Language Course in Accra yesterday.

The  course  which is the  fifth  edition, had participants drawn from the Ministries of  Foreign  Affairs and  Regional Integration, Agriculture, Gender, Children  and Social Protection, Interior,  Defence and Tourism, Culture and  Creative Arts.

Participants  were also drawn from other governmental institutions like the Ghana Police Service, Immigration Service,  the  Ghana Broadcasting  Corporation (GBC),  Kofi  Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Narcotics  Control Board (NCB),  Ghana  Armed  Forces,  National Youth  Authority (NYA)  and the Northern Development  Authority.

Speaking  at the  ceremony, the  Deputy Minister of Foreign  Affairs and Regional Integration, Mohammed  Habibu  Tijani said the  course had trained  over 180  Ghanaian foreign  service officers and other public servants for the past five years.

He said the course was organised within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Ghana and Colombia in February 2014.

The Deputy Minister said many of the participants had improved in the language and were now capable of speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language.

“We can now engage more meaningfully with our friends from Colombia as well as the larger Spanish-speaking community,” he stressed.

Mr Tijani said Ghana’s bilateral relations with Colombia centred on key areas such as education, health, arts and culture and the successes achieved showed the immense contributions of the Colombian Embassy in Ghana.

He said the ministry would continue to deepen the existing relations for the mutual benefit of both countries.

The Colombian Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Claudia Turbay Quintero, said her outfit had observed that Ghanaians over the past five years had developed their language skills in Spanish and also had a deep understanding of the Colombian culture.

She said over the past five years, over 40 government institutions had benefitted from the programme at the beginner, intermediate and advance levels of the course.

She said the course had the capacity to further deepen the relationship between Ghana and Colombia thereby promoting tourism.

Ms Quintero urged Ghanaians to embrace and study other languages aside from English in order to boost bilateral relations.

She urged the government of Ghana to replicate the gesture by allowing Colombians to come and study English in Ghana.

A representative of the Northern Development Authority, Ms Eunice Abbal Safari, was adjudged the overall best student.

 BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

 

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