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Ho polytechnic in partnership With Loud Voice In Aid Foundation and Step Education China commissioned the first ever Chinese Inter-Cultural Centre in the Volta region on Wednesday, 29th April, 2015 at Ho polytechnic. The official opening of the centre was marked with a well-attended ceremony in the G.M. Afeti Auditorium of the polytechnic.
Prof. Emmanuel Sakyi, rector of the polytechnic in his welcome address stressed the importance of learning different languages and that the Center was not just for learning languages alone but also for education in diverse ways which he believed can help individuals to acquire other skills. Prof. Sakyi advised the students and the general public to take the opportunity to enroll in the Center. He said Ho Polytechnic was happy to Partner Loud Voice In Aid Foundation to establish the centre because it was in line with the internationalization of the polytechnic. He further noted that it was about time that as a country, we looked beyond the English speaking countries and look to Asia.
Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Zhou Youbing, the Political Counsellor of The Chinese Embassy in Ghana expressed his excitement about the establishment of the centre. He thanked Ho polytechnic for agreeing to partner Chinese organisation to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture here in the polytechnic and Ghana. Mr. Youbing elaborated on some of the collaborations between Ghana and Chinese government which brought so many projects and infrastructural development to the country, (Ghana) such as Bui dam project, Kpong water supply expansion projects, as well as the perceive Chinese goods. Also, China-aided ICT labs commissioned for Philip Akpo memorial school in Volta region, Ho, and Juong junior high school in Upper West Region e.t.c. Besides, the Chinese government offers Ghana scores of scholarships and more than 360 training opportunities each year and always organise donations to local schools. Mr. Youbing said Chinese is one of the oldest languages in the world. He admitted that Chinese language is very difficult to learn just as Chinese also find learning the English language difficult.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Francis Ganyaglo, was grateful to management of Ho polytechnic, Loud Voice In Aid Foundation and Step Education China for deepening the relationship that exists between Ghana and China for bringing The Inter- Cultural Chinese Center to Ho polytechnic and added that the polytechnic should bring more such COLLABORATIONS. He also pledged the government’s commitment for such collaborations.
The programme was chaired by prof. Mawutor Avoke, the chairman of the governing council of the polytechnic. Other dignitaries at the ceremony were Council Members, Directors, Deans and Heads of Department/Division/Section and Units of Ho Polytechnic, Heads of Departments and Organisations in Ho, Staff and Students and some members of the general public.
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