UNESCO General History of Africa Regional Conference ends in Ghana

Accra – A 5-day regional conference on the Use of the General History of Africa in Higher Education Institutions in Africa has ended in Elmina, the Central region of Ghana. The conference was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with support from the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education.

UN RC ai addressing participants

Ms Sharon Cooper addressing participants

The over 80 delegates included vice-chancellors/presidents of universities, heads of academic programmes and history departments, deans of social and human sciences institutes and history teachers were welcomed by the Minister of Education and Chairperson of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Hon. Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at the official opening of the Conference. She said more education is needed to deconstruct the negative concepts of African history especially when the victims of the wrong concepts are the very ones expected to make the changes.

In his keynote address, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur said Ghana will share lessons learnt from similar works such as that of the Historical Society of Ghana, to make the teaching of history more effective and efficient. He added that strong political will at various levels of government and the educational sector would go a long way to revise the teaching and learning of history.

Group photo of particpants

Group photo of particpants

There were also statements by the UN Resident Coordinator a.i, Ms Sharon Cooper, African Union Representative, Mrs. Alice Sena Lamptey, the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida and the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the GHA Project, Prof. Elikia Mbokolo.

The conference was preceded by a pre-conference workshop that sought to revise, deconstruct and redefine the terminologies, concepts and paradigms used and applied to African history.