Patience Gbeze, GNA
Accra, Aug. 10, GNA - The fifth edition of the Colombia Spanish Language Course opened in Accra with a call on participants to take their studies seriously to achieve results.
The course was a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Government of Colombia to further deepen the bilateral relations between the two.
Participants made up of Foreign Service Officers and other Public Servant, would participate in the course for four months.
Ambassador Morgan Brown, Supervising Director, Political, Economic, Legal and Diaspora Affairs, on behalf of the Foreign Minister, extended the Ministry's appreciation to Claudia Turbay Quintero, Ambassador of Colombia to Ghana, for her commitment to, and effective collaboration with the Ministry.
He also acknowledged the Language Centre of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivarana, the coordinating institution of the Spanish Language Course, for its invaluable contribution towards the learning of Spanish.
Ambassador Brown noted that the bonds of friendship between Ghana and Colombia have been growing from strength to strength and the successive running of the Spanish Language Course since 2014 attested to that.
He said in today's era, the competitive advantage of multilingualism could not be over emphasised.
"It is therefore, our anticipation that participants would remain committed throughout the programme to ensure that they fully benefit from the Course as it was a requisite proficiency for their career advancement and other future opportunities. Your success requires perseverance and discipline, a lot of which l believe you all have," he added.
He, therefore, reiterated the Ministry's appreciation to the Government of Colombia for instituting the Course, and to the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation - APC Colombia for funding this year's edition.
"It is a laudable initiative, the results of which l believe will spur us on to continue to work together for the mutual benefit of our two countries and people.
"I would also like to use this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous contribution Colombia continues to make in different sectors of the Ghanaian economy," he added.
Ambassador Turbay said the Colombia Foreign Ministry launched the Language Course five years ago with selected Colombian Universities to teach foreigners Spanish language to foster integration, tourism and exchange of culture.
She said since then, 360 participants, including those who enrolled in the fifth edition have benefited from the programme.
She said the programme would open up Ghana to the Spanish world for effective collaboration.
She announced that the Course would be held at the premises of the Foreign Ministry and would be opened from Mondays to Thursdays for the four months period.
The overall best student for 2018 will get fully sponsored scholarship to go for a study tour in Colombia for one week.
Professor Estella Agudelo Sanchez, Lecturer at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and the Course Instructor, also urged participants to be committed to achieving more at the end of the programme.
The institutions participating are Ghana immigration Service, The Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Defence, Research Department of the Ministry of the Interior, and the Narcotics Control Board.
Others are the Ghana Armed Forces, the National Youth Authority, the Northern Development Authority, and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, and the Ministry of Agriculture.