Ghana will join the rest of the world to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity Dialogue and Development that has been set aside to provide the world with the opportunity to deepen world understanding of the values of cultural varieties and to learn co-operate on issues of international concerns.
The day brings to the fore the need for all persons irrespective of gender,status,educational achievements, have the right to express themselves and create and disseminate their work in the language of their choice.
The day is celebrated internationally on May 21 and will be launched in Ghana on May 23 at the W.E DuBios Centre with fanfare, theatre works, seminar and exhibition under the theme “Cultural Diversity, Cultural Expression for Peace and National Development.”
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Alexander Asum Ahensah, will deliver the key note address of the celebration organized by the Ministries of Chieftaincy and Culture, Education in collaboration with National Commission on Culture (NCC) and the UNESCO Office.
In statement issued to the press ahead of the celebration, the Director of Administration, NCC, Michael Attipoe, said the event was being organized to foster national unity among the diverse ethnic groups of the country by promoting cultural interaction and understanding conducive for national development.
He emphasized: “with the general elections scheduled for December drawing closer, there is the need for such programmes to be organized to create a platform where people in irrespective of their political, cultural, ethnic or religious persuasion will appreciate the need for peace and stability before, during and after the general elections.”
“Our cultural diversity as Ghanaians should be harnessed positively for national development and not as a tool for disunity and acrimony,’’ Mr Attipoe said in the statement.
He stressed the need for political tolerance to preserve the unity and stability of the country adding that “this is a shared responsibility.”