UEW Hosts Launch and Maiden National Conference of CEAG

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has hosted the launch and maiden national conference of the Communication Educators Association of Ghana (CEAG).

The association, founded barely a year ago seeks to promote scholarship, research, learning, teaching and training in communication in Ghana. It also aims at promoting professional development in communication education and industry, curriculum development in communication-related disciplines in Ghana as well as network and organic solidarity among members of the fraternity of communication educators.

Speakers during the CEAG Conference

CEAG also intends to facilitate relationships between industry and training institutions, cooperate with government in pursuit of quality communication education, develop affiliations with international communication associations and encourage cooperation with communication educators and professionals across Africa.     

The two-day conference which took place from Thursday, 27th to Friday, 28th June, 2019 was held under the theme “Communication education in a disruptive era: curriculum development and pedagogical issues”.

Keynote Speaker, Prof. Kehbuma Langmia

Presenting on the theme, the keynote speaker, Fulbright Scholar and Chair in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication, School of Communications, Howard University, Prof. Kehbuma Langmia brought to bear a number of unprofessional utterances that have hindered progress of communication education in Africa. He however, provided remedies to curb the situation.   

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Interim Management Team, Prof. Kwame Karikari indicated the Association’s readiness to uplift the standards of scholarship and promote critical and innovative ideas in members’ chosen field of education. He was hopeful of enriching and upgrading the values and qualities of professional practices in the industry for which communication educators train students.

Chairman of the Interim Management Team, Prof. Kwame Karikari

The Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni expressed fulfillment and happiness to host the launch and maiden conference of CEAG. “I wish to indicate that we are highly elated to host this conference of communication educators. UEW is the only university in Ghana with the core mandate of training professional educators to spearhead a new national vision of education which is aimed at redirecting the country’s efforts along the path of rapid economic and social development.

“The choice of this University as the host is therefore, a gratifying one and I know that the two-day conference will seek innovative ways of teaching and designing communication and journalism curricula to meet the demands of the millennium,” the Vice-Chancellor said.   

Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni being followed by Communications Specialist, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo

Among the high profile dignitaries present to grace the two-day conference were the Chairman, Board of Directors, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere and Dean, School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo.

The CEAG Local Organising Committee, Department of Communication and Media Studies comprised Mr. Kwesi Aggrey (Chairman), Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, Dr. Mavis Amo-Mensah, Dr. Christiana Hammond, Dr. Albert Agbesi Wornyo, Dr. Gifty Appiah-Adjei, Mr. Asare Okae-Anti, Ms. Abena Abokoma Asemanyi, Ms. Akosua Asantewaa Anane and Ms. Gloria Ahima Baffoe.

The two-day conference saw participants from several tertiary institutions in Ghana