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Tema ghana sister city presentation.2011


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Tema ghana sister city presentation.2011

  1. 1. October 27, 2011
  2. 2. What is a “Sister City?” Broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities. Becomes official with the signing of an agreement by officials of the two cities, after approval by city councils of each community. Allows citizen volunteers of both communities to get involved in international relations, citizen diplomacy & projects of mutual interest. 2
  3. 3. Why Have a Sister City? To increase understanding between cultures, through direct, friendly, personal contact As long term partners, to open dialogues with people of another culture who can share insights and perspectives 3
  4. 4. Columbia’s Current Sister Cities1. Cergy-Pontoise, France (since 1977)2. Tres Cantos, Spain (since 1990) Hundreds of high school students have gained global perspective, improved language skills through CA youth exchanges. CA has also sponsored adult exchanges, based on business, art and cuisine. Columbia International Day was created to celebrate the annual July Sister Cities High School Exchange, beginning in 1995. 4
  5. 5. New Sister City for Columbia Interest in developing relationships with non-European nations is growing. Community members began meeting in June 2011 to explore the possibility of a relationship with a planned city in Africa. Tema in Ghana was identified by community members as a planned city, with potential for a sister city relationship with Columbia 5
  6. 6. Selection Criteria Planned community, like Columbia Safe and welcoming for visitors Politically stable country Non-stop flight accessibility Near the nation’s capital Opportunities for cultural, educational & economic exchanges Reflective of a large segment of Columbia’s diverse population 6
  7. 7. Why Africa? 24.8% of Columbia’s population is African-American. Many have profound interest in Africa. Many Ghanaians and Nigerians live in Columbia  21044 is #77 on list of zip codes w/largest percentage of Ghanaian first ancestries  21046 is #83 on list with the largest percentage of Nigerian first ancestries (source: Columbia’s diversity should be reflected in CA’s international programs Our Sister Cities currently only involve European cities. 7
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  13. 13. Why Ghana? Diplomacy• 50 years of good relations with U.S.• Peaceful, stable democratic country• Well-respected, welcoming nation 13
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  17. 17. In June 2011, Ghana was selected as oneof four nations to continue to accessgrants under the MillenniumChallenge, given to nations workingtoward:• ruling justly• investing in people• encouraging economic freedom. 17
  18. 18. Why Ghana? Education Public education is free and mandatory English is official language; taught in all the schools 5 public and 12 private universities, and 10 public polytechnics offering British Higher National Diploma 18
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  20. 20. Why Ghana? Visitor-friendly 2010 Global Sister Cities Foundation International Conference held in Accra. First country to welcome the Peace Corps program; Former CA President Pat Kennedy accompanied very first Peace Corps group in 1961. Popular destination for Columbians: African Art Museum of Maryland and Columbia Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have organized several trips there. Students and faculty from Howard Community College’s Nursing Dept. have visited health clinics in Kumasi. 20
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  24. 24. Why Ghana? Business-friendly U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Accra includes…• Cargill • IBM• ADM • 3M• DHL • Motorola• FedEx • Star-Kist• UPS • PriceWaterhouseCoopers• KPM • United Airlines• Coca Cola • Delta Air Lines• S.C. Johnson • National Cash Register• Ralston Purina• Pfizer 24
  25. 25. “Over the last 20 years, politicalstability and economic growth hasbeen the long-term trend. Ghana is ontrack to meet the MillenniumDevelopment goal of halving extremepoverty by 2015.” – State Dept. background note 25
  26. 26. Reasons for Selecting Tema• Tema, like Columbia, began in the 1960s as a planned community• Tema has many different ethnic and language groups -- primary language is English• Only 16 miles from the nation’s capital, Accra, on the coast.• Population of Tema Township: 120,000 26
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  31. 31. Tema’s Current Sister Cities• San Diego, CA (since 1976):• Norfolk , VA (since 2010):• Greenwich, England (since 1990)Sister Cities International requires that Columbia signCooperative Agreements with Tema’s existing U.S. sistercities in order to develop a new sister city relationship. 31
  32. 32. Exploration with Tema To Date• Dr. Willie B. Lamousé –Smith hand- delivered letter from CA to Tema’s government to gauge interest – Dec. 2010• Tema Mayor, Hon. Robert Kempes Ofosuware, responded with letter of interest – Jan 2011• CA Program Manager Laura Smit has been in email contact with Frank Asante, officer in charge of Sister Cities relations for Tema 32
  33. 33. Potential focus for Columbia – Tema relationship• Cultural/historical• Visual and performing arts• Sports• Health• Education• Media• Technology• Environment, water management & sanitation• City planning• Business partnershipsYouth & Adult In-person Exchanges AND via videoconferencingand other electronic media 33
  34. 34. Committee Members with Links to Ghana Doris Ligon , African Art Museum of Maryland sponsors trips to Ghana and visits Tema Ken Jennings & David Barrett, Alpha Phi Alpha members regularly take Howard County teens to Ghana and visit Tema Kwaku Ofori-Ansa, Ghanaian, Howard University professor of Visual Arts Willie B. Lamousé-Smith, originally from Cape Coast, Ghana, with contacts in Tema Pat Kennedy – took first Peace Corps group to Ghana Harriet Lancaster – Peace Corps Director in Ghana – 5 yrs Jim Lancaster – President & Founder of African Literacy, Art & Development Association, Honorary Chief of Torgorme, Volta Region Gerry Maxwell-Jones, Ghanaian Arts & Crafts Gloria Paul born in Ghana. Bill Paul, Bill is grandson of a Paramount Chief 34
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  36. 36. Estimated Cost Tema, Ghana Sister City Program• Hosting of Ghanaian exchange visitors by community members in their homes – no cost to CA• Travel by Columbians at their own expense – no cost to CA• Miscellaneous expenses for Ghanaian exchange visitors, such as welcome dinner with CA staff/board, refreshments for participants in events• Administrative expenses, such as meeting refreshments, copies/printing, office supplies, postage• Airfare for one trip by Program Manager in FY13 - $1,200; some meals & hotel if not staying with local hostFY12: Under $500FY13: Under $2,000 36
  37. 37. Next steps• Gain approval from the Columbia Association Board of Directors to proceed with the Sister City partnership process with Tema, Ghana• Collaborate with Tema to develop a partnership agreement and organize signing ceremony• Research initial exchanges, activities, travel, etc. 37
  38. 38. Planning Committee Members (page 1) DAVID BARRETT, leads Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Ghana study tours ELIZABETH (Liz) BOBO, State Delegate BRITTANY DUNBAR, CA Camp Staff, former student at George Washington University, business project with Ghanaian street vendors KEN JENNINGS, leads Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Ghana study tours PADRAIC KENNEDY, former CA president; organized first Peace Corp mission to Ghana STACY KORBELAK, Assistant Professor at Howard Community College; Coordinator of its Global Distinction program WILLIE B. LAMOUSE-SMITH, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at UMBC HARRIET LANCASTER, former Director for the Peace Corps in Ghana JIM LANCASTER JR., served in senior positions with ACTION/Peace Corps 38
  39. 39. Committee members (cont.) DORIS LIGON, Founder and Director of African Art Museum of Maryland JOSEPH MASON , HCC professor GERRY MAXWELL-JONES, African art & crafts, former HCPSS educator VALERIE MONTAGUE, chair of CA’s International and Multicultural Advisory Committee; former cultural exchange program manager KWAKU OFORI-ANSA , Associate Professor African Visual Culture at Howard University; created its Ghana study tour program BILL & GLORIA PAUL, Columbia residents with strong family ties to Ghana JEAN TOOMER, Chair of board of trustees of the African Art Museum of Maryland Staff: Laura Smit, Program Manager, International & Multicultural Programs Katelyn Ely, HCPSS GT Intern 39