CoLANGE Celebrates Maiden Cultural Week
The month of March is observed as the month to promote Ghanaian cultures and products. In this regard, the College of Languages Education (CoLANGE) celebrated its maiden cultural week from 12th – 16th March, 2018 at Ajumako.
The week-long event was held under the theme “Our Language, Our identity” from Monday to Friday. The activities included Wearing of Traditional Attire (staff and students), Inter-Departmental Football Matches, Food Fair (showcasing traditional dishes), a Debate on the topic “The Relevance of Ghanaian Language Education in the Ghanaian Society” and a Grand Durbar (performances of traditional dances from language groups among others).
The Grand Durbar witnessed the presence of the Paramount Chief of Ajumako Enyan Essiam Traditional Area, Nana Kwabena Hammah Ababio II, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Rev. Ransford Kwesi Nyarkoh, College Registrar of Ajumako campus -UEW, Mrs. Wilhemina Tete Mensah, Dean of the Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education (FGLE), Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie and representatives from 12 local language groups (Nzema, Gurune, Ga, Gonja, Dangme, Kusaal, Fante, Dagaare, Twi, Kasem, Ewe and Dagbani).
In his Keynote Address and Purpose of Gathering, Dr. Owu-Ewie indicated that the Cultural Week celebration was the first of its kind and it has come to stay. He stated further that the purpose for the durbar was to showcase the uniqueness of the Faculty apart from the normal classroom teaching.
“Most people think that when they are coming to the Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education, they are just coming to learn Ghanaian Languages. They come and they are faced with Linguistics, Phonetics & Phonology, Measurement and Evaluation, Guidance and Counseling. So, we are training people who are very versatile.” The Dean, FGLE said.
The Dean hinted that the Faculty had created a second subject area where students could study Ghanaian Language in addition to English Language, German or French. He said “we have students here who can speak German”.
The DCE commended the organisers and promised to collaborate with the University to involve the Ministry of Tourism in subsequent celebrations. He pledged that the Cultural Week celebration would not just be an activity for the students but an activity for the entire Ajumako Enyan Essiam district.
The Paramount Chief who chaired the occasion thanked the University for the honour and recognition. He asked for the blessings of God upon the lives of the University management and also pleaded with them to move late evening lectures to early evening hours.