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H.E. Akufo-Addo Commissions Kyebi Children’s Library.

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First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has identified the development of literacy skills through the provision of functional libraries across the country as critical in ensuring that the Free SHS policy by the government produces quality graduates”,

The First Lady made these remarks when she joined the good people of Kyebi on Saturday, to commission a new library, the “Kyebi Children’s Library” at the J.B. Danquah Memorial Centre.

Congratulating the Okyehene for the construction of the library, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said it was proof of His Majesty’s commitment to enhancing education in the country, a necessary ingredient for the success of the President’s vision of “Ghana Beyond Aid”.

She said, the importance of children’s libraries cannot discounted as they help to develop and improve children’s reading and writing skills which serves as the solid foundation for their future intellectual abilities, and enable them to function better in today’s technological age.

In contributing its quota to literacy improvement for children the First Lady said The Rebecca Foundation of which she is the Founder, has rolled out a Television reading programme called Learning to Read, Reading to Learn, to help encourage the culture of reading in children.

She said, The Foundation has also built four libraries, in Bia West in the Western North Region, Dafiama Busei Issah District in the Upper West Region, Wenchi in the Bono Region and Moree in the Central Region and will continue to constructing libraries in school clusters where they are needed most.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo also emphasised the need for particular attention to be paid to children with disabilities to ensure that they are not left behind in the quest for enhanced child literacy skills.
She called on parents to guide their children to take full advantage of libraries by patronising them frequently, stating “the library is a special place for our children, a safe place for them to acquire knowledge. It has a large collection of books and other resources covering a wide range of subjects for their benefit”.

The First Lady also cautioned on the need for management of libraries to regularly resource them with updated information to maintain their relevance.

To this end, she urged Foundations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), corporate bodies and individuals to step up to support the government’s wonderful works at improving our educational sector by helping to ensure that libraries across the country are stocked with current reading materials, in order to make them continuously attractive to children.

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Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings To Attend The ’30 Black Stars’ Awards Gala In Houston.

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On Friday, November 15, 2019, 30 distinguished African-American business leaders and professionals will be honored at the inaugural 30 Black Stars Conference and Awards in Houston, TX.

Launched earlier this year by Face2face Africa, the initiative seeks to advance diversity and inclusion by recognizing the cultural shift taking place in the country and how businesses and corporations can harness it for innovation and global competitiveness.

This year’s honorees represent over 15 nationalities and come from various industries including finance, technology, healthcare, media, law, entrepreneurship, and more

For the past 8 years, Face2face Africa has been a leader in celebrating black audiences with innovative platforms and events that connect, inform, celebrate and empower communities globally. ‘30 Black Stars’ is a continuation of our commitment, as we champion diversity and inclusion by highlighting the impact of black professionals and business achievers in this country.” said Sandra A. Babu-Boateng, CEO of Face2face Africa.

The event will include a D&I panel discussion, a cocktail/networking reception, and an awards ceremony honoring the 2019 30 Black Stars. Former First Lady of Ghana Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston are a few of the special guests that will be in attendance.

For more information about the honorees, program, and tickets, visit
www.30blackstars.com. or contact 30blackstars@f2fafrica.com

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Energy Minister, Mr. Amewu Collaborates With Stonebwoy To Help Budding Artistes In Volta Region.

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The Honourable Minister for Energy, John-Peter Amewu has in a meeting enjoins Stonebwoy to help up and coming artists in his constituency in the Hohoe Municipality.

In an exclusive meeting yesterday in Hohoe at the minister’s residence, www.asiwomewrites.com gathered the Energy Minister employed Stonebwoy to help develop and build the careers of promising stars in his constituency in the Hohoe municipality as part of his capacity building agenda.

“The message is simple, we need music superstars in the Hohoe municipality. Building capacity is my agenda,” the energy minister, Hon. John Peter Amewu emphasized.

The minister again reassured the youths of helping them attain their heights in their various endeavours.

Hon. John-Peter Amewu by acclamation was also declared by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Hohoe Constituency as the Hohoe Constituency 2020 Parliamentary Candidate.

(Source: asiwomewrites.com)

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J.A.K. Foundation Launches Giant Uplugged Charity Concert, Set To Build An Arts Theatre.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - The John Agyekum Kufuor (J.A.K.) Foundation, an independent, non-partisan development oriented institution inspired by the founder’s vision, has officially instituted a musical concert dubbed, Giant Unplugged Charity Musical Concert in honor of the Ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor and to raise funds for establishing an endowment fund to support the John A. Kufuor Foundation in completing its flagship leadership programs over infinite years, precisely the arts and theatrical projects.

The ultra- modern Kufuor center for Leadership and Governance, a facility under construction on the campus of University of Ghana Legon when completed would seat 500 people in its state-of-the-arts auditorium and other facilities such as conference halls, library, 15 offices plus a presidential suit, 5 seminars and mentoring halls, and recreational and restaurant facilities. This would be the center for all activities of the foundation. From the Kufuor scholars program to the annual lectures among others.

The launch which was hosted at the residence of the former president at Tetteh Quarshie, Accra will see the main event being stage on the 7th of December, 2019 at the Fantasy Dome, La, Accra. The concert is expected to raise funds to complete the project and also help produce leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavour. It is a program known for its excellence in grooming transformational leaders of tomorrow.

The event was attended by notable and illustrious creative and art pratictioners, including actors and musicians, thus, Prince David Osei, Kalybos, Bisa Kdei, Captain Smart, Lucky Mensah, Coach Kwesi Appiah, Salma Mumin, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, Bob Smith Jnr, Bismark the Joke, Fiifi Coleman, Harold Amenya, Legendary Kwame Ampadu etc.

The former president envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable society in Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the foundation -leadership, governance and economic development. H.E the Chairman of the foundation believes that “Good leadership results in good governance which leads to good socio economic development” thus the foundations focus to develop good leadership characteristics among the youth of this country through it’s programs.

Last year, in raising 80 million Ghana Cedi’s, the foundation plans to allocate amounts for its projects as follows; 5 million dollars will be used to construct an ultra-modern center for leadership and governance, while the remaining 10 million dollars will be invested into an Endowment fund. The returns on the investment in this fund will be used in the running of various projects of the foundation. These projects include: The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Groups, andThe Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.

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“Gov’t To Criminalise Bad Social Media Posts. – Ursula Owusu

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The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that government would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content.

Addressing stakeholders on the second day of the National week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019, being held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful cited sexual images as an example of inappropriate content, adding that all should comply with the domestic laws, when passed, to avoid being penalized.

The Minister said there would be sufficient provision in the law to protect children/adolescents from online abuse.

She, therefore, called on the public to be wary of such messages, delete as soon as they received them, and avoid passing them on.

“The Ministry is working with the Attorney General, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others to come up with the framework on child online development and welfare within the shortest possible time,” she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained that most children had become active users of the internet for learning but are unfortunately facing a lot of challenges, which affects their human rights and, therefore, the need to protect them.

She said most of the laws of Ghana were enacted before child online protection came up, as a result, sufficient laws should be put in place to protect children being abused on the internet.

“Government has increased awareness among children across all the regions and by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached,” she said adding that cybersecurity policy would be reviewed to meet international standards.

The Minister also called on corporate bodies to support government since it was in their collective interest to protect the children.

On her part, the second lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, said a collaborative effort was essential to protect children from online predators.

Quoting UNICEF's research done in 2016, she said four out of ten children had seen sexual images and half of the 2000 children used in the survey expressed online abuse by adults.

She, therefore, called on government, educators, civil society organisations, international development partners to come up with policies and legislation to protect young internet users.

Hajia Samira commended the Ministry of Communications for initiating channels whereby victims who feared reporting to the police could report to in order to seek redress.

“Parents have to be abreast with the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly were knowledgeable than them,” she advised.

Madam Afisah Zakaria, the Chief Director of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, called for the monitoring of service providers of sex sites to protect children from accessing those sites, stating that the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law.

The programme which was in the theme, “Demonstrating Ghana's Cyber Security Readiness,” brought together security agencies, heads of departments, school children and others to discuss Child Online Protection (COP) and develop a framework to curb the risk posed to young people for using the internet.

(Source: citinewsroom.com)

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