Regional News of 2014-06-27

India proposes exchange programmes for Ghanaian, Indian students

The Indian High Commissioner in Accra, Mr K. Jeeva Sagar, has underscored the need for an exchange programme between media institutions in Ghana and those in India to help build the knowledge and skills of journalists in both countries.

According to him, India had a variety of institutions that provided various courses, and advised Ghanaian journalists to make use of them.

Mr Sagar made the proposal when he paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, in Accra.

Present at the meeting were the Director of Newspapers of the GCGL, Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, and the Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Ransford Tetteh.

Purpose of visit

The visit was to enable the High Commissioner to learn at first hand the operations of the GCGL and the media landscape in the country.

In particular, they discussed interventions that could create a favourable platform for journalists to perform their duties.

However, the Africa-India Summit had not been effective since 2011.

Mr Sagar said the duration of many courses offered by Indian institutions of learning made them very suitable for journalists, and advised the management of the GCGL to explore programmes that would benefit its workers.

He commended the Daily Graphic on how it reported the election petition and urged other countries to emulate Ghana’s practice of democracy.

He advised journalists to do away with sensationalism and be positive in their news writing.

GCGL’s perspective

Mr Ashigbey, indicated his appreciation of Mr Sagar’s proposal, underscoring that it was necessary for journalists to learn new things from other parts of the world.

He outlined some initiatives that had been taken by the GCGL, which included the publishing of a book detailing the coverage of the election petition.

Mr Ashigbey also briefed the High Commissioner on the Junior Graphic, one of the brands of the GCGL; stating that in deprived areas where there were inadequate textbooks, the paper served as a teaching guide for some teachers.

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