The Ghana Institute of Journalism launched its 60th anniversary celebrations last Friday at the school’s forecourt. The school which was formerly the Ghana School of Journalism, was officially opened on Monday, 16 October, 1959, by the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Kofi Baako. The school was established by the Kwame Nkrumah government to provide training in journalism toward the development of a patriotic cadre of journalists who would play an active role in the emancipation of the African continent.
Speaking to the audience at the event, the Rector, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, mentioned the need for an expansion of the school’s facilities, development of capacities of the faculties, and increased enrollment of qualified applicants. He also mentioned the need for all stakeholders to review the past events of the institute in order to strategize for the future. He also added that the significant role that the school has played in shaping the democracy and national development agenda in Ghana and beyond has been due to the fine journalists and communicators being churned out of the institution.
There were various calls to government and various stakeholders from distinguished guest speakers such as Prof. Ansu Kyeremeh, Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution; and Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Business Development. The calls was to draw attention on the need to support the institution in various forms especially towards contributions to the multimillion dollars endowment fund. This fund will help facilitate the set up a modern day Digital media hub, comprising a broadcasting studio, an audio visual center and an e-library, for the school. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal pledged GH¢50,000 to the fund. The 60th anniversary logo which was designed by a student, Destina Naa Deidei Mensa, was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Also in attendance were the Acting Deputy Rector, Faculty heads, lecturers, staff members, industry players, stakeholders, alumni, and current students of the school. The event was spiced up with several performances, including spoken word performance, saxophone music renditions, exhibition of 60th anniversary products, and fashion modelling.
The 60th anniversary celebrations will feature lined up activities starting from March through to October this year, including exhibitions, public lectures and an academic conference, health walk and fundraising events. It will culminate in October with an alumni homecoming grand durbar and gala night.
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