On Saturday, 30th September 2017, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Accra with its German partner institutions in Ghana organized an open day to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Ghana, which focussed on the perspectives for Ghanaian youth.
The Minister of Education, Honourable Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the German Ambassador H.E. Christoph Retzlaff officially opened the event which was organized under the theme “Germany goes Ghana – Open doors, open minds” and took place on the premises of Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute in Accra. In addition to throwing more light on the many successes chalked over the past 60 years of bilateral diplomatic cooperation, the event aimed at sensitizing Ghanaian youth on various opportunities available to them as a result of the vibrant and divers German-Ghanaian bilateral cooperation.
More than 300 students from various secondary schools and universities and young professionals trouped to Goethe-Institut on the day to visit the various stands and take part in the many educational, interactive and entertaining activities prepared for them, namely the symposium on “Study and Scholarship opportunities in Germany”, the info session “Working for a German Organisation”, the “Mobile Reporting” and “E-waste recycling” training and a graffiti wall.
Ambassador Retzlaff met some of the young people for a face-to-face question and answer session. During the discussion he touched on matters like the role of the embassy in Ghana, challenges of climate change, the recent general elections in Germany, migration in Europe and its related crisis and the potentials and ways forward for Ghana.
During the panel discussion the panellists appealed to the youth to develop a sense of commitment toward their studies and works, to realise their talents and to have the courage of entrepreneurship. Moreover they encouraged the youth to go into areas where specialists are needed and to seek the chances provided in the technical sector. In the open discussion that ensued, the public for their part called for the creation of more opportunities for the well-educated young people.
Also as part of the celebration, a quiz competition was organised and with great éclat the winners of the ultimate prizes, a night and two lunches for two at the Kempinski Hotel, were announced.
Later in the evening the Ghanaian artists Nana Yaa and Cina Soul kept the participant dancing to the tunes of fine Ghanaian high-life, afro and soul music.
The German institutions that participated in the event are: the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK), the KfW Development Bank in Ghana, GIZ Ghana, DEG, Sparkassenstiftung (credit union foundation), the Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Swiss International School Accra, the Deutsche Welle Akademie in Ghana, PTB, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), and Goethe-Institut Ghana as host.