Tuesday 28 May 2024

The British Council in Ghana is commemorating its 80th anniversary with celebrations focusing on its significant contributions to Ghana's cultural and educational landscape.

Since 1944, British Council has sought to develop and improve relations between the United Kingdom and Ghana through programmes that showcase its expertise in sectors such as: pre-tertiary and higher education, TVET, Arts and culture, among many others.

Under the theme, '80 years of building connections understanding and trust; turning legacies and lessons into innovation and impact' the anniversary celebrations aim to honour the organisation's rich history and its impact on generations of Ghanaians.

Nii Doodo, Country Director of British Council Ghana, remarked: "As an organisation, we are very proud of our achievements as one of the organisations that have profoundly impacted the lives of young people in Ghana over the years. Through this anniversary, we seek to consolidate our gains, celebrate our successes, and continue the legacy of exposing young people to global opportunities."

To mark this significant milestone, the British Council Ghana has planned a series of events and initiatives in the month of June, including but not limited to:

  • Co-sponsoring the 'unsung category' in the upcoming Telecel Ghana Music Awards.
  • Hosting a music summit to dialogue on the state of the local music industry, introduce the British Council So-Creative Learning platform, and musical performances.
  • Holding a dissemination event to share insights from commissioned research on the contribution of UK Alumni to national development.
  • Hosting Masterclass workshops on music business for capacity building of music artists and industry players.
  • Organising an awards night to recognise partners and staff for their contributions.

Over the past 80 years, the British Council Ghana has achieved numerous milestones, including investments in developing Ghana's human capital through scholarship initiatives, support for entrepreneurial efforts of young men and women, and fostering best teaching and learning practices between schools in the UK and Ghana.

Through its various projects, such as Blazing Trails, the Challenge, the Innovation for African University (IAU), So-Creative E-Learning, VET Toolbox and the Investment Climate Reform Facility, the British Council has supported thousands of young Ghanaians with skills and resources to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavours. Additionally, initiatives like the then DFID Global School Partnerships and Connecting Classrooms have facilitated cross-cultural exchange and collaboration between schools in Ghana and the UK.

As the British Council Ghana celebrates its 80th anniversary, it reaffirms its commitment to support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust, and nurturing the next generation of leaders and changemakers in Ghana.

Notes to Editor

For media enquiries, please contact:

Susan Amu, Regional Head of Communications, British Council, Sub Saharan Africa: susan.amu@britishcouncil.org, +254 741573312

Phoebe Gyamera, Content Localisation Officer, British Council, Sub Saharan Africa: phoebe.gyamera@britishcouncil.org, +233 269024761

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. In 2019-2020 we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 14.5 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org