British Council Ghana Launches 70th Anniv. Activities

1The British Council in Ghana has launched its 70th anniversary activities in Accra on Tuesday.

Activities for the month-long celebration include public lectures, awards night, musical show and an anniversary cocktail dinner.

Launching the anniversary, Moses Anibaba, Director of British Council, Ghana, said the forebearers who first opened the doors of operation in 1943 would never have imagined the scope, scale and longevity of the Council’s activities and its influence in Ghana and beyond adding that the prime objective and purpose was then to advance cooperation between the United Kingdom and Ghana through culture and its people.

“Fast forward it 70 years later and that core intent remains unchanged with the purpose to build a relationship between the people of UK and Ghana by creating opportunities for them,” he said.

He said opportunities had been created to exchange ideas, learn from each other’s culture, develop capacities and knowledge and to be heard on various platforms and make a difference in the various communities.

Mr. Anibaba said over the years, the Council had positively made a difference in Ghana by impacting on the lives of millions of people.

“Today, our work in education, arts and providing professional development to people is unrivalled and legendary,” he said.

He said the Council had provided and continued to provide training and emerging leaders in every sector of the economy.

“Every year, over 6,000 Ghanaians achieve professional and academic qualifications of international standard through our examination services,” he said.

Mr Anibaba said there were over 500 schools in Ghana that were in partnership with schools in other parts of Africa and the UK to exchange ideas, knowledge, visit each other and have the opportunity to develop professionally.

“Our partnership with agencies and the private sector in Ghana and the UK to build the knowledge base and provide access to international studies is without match,” he said.

He said for decades, the Council had acted as a launch pad in thriving careers for many Ghanaians both home and abroad, through many flagship educational programmes such as the Challenge Reality show which allowed young graduates to benefit from quality UK postgraduate studies in the UK.

The British Council is the UK’s organisation for educational and cultural relations which is independent and non-political with a global mission to connect people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas in the UK. – Lawrence Markwei

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