UNESCO honours long-serving Ghanaian official

Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO Wednesday honoured the Secretary General of Ghana's National Commission for UNESCO, John Kusi Achampong, for his commitment and devotion to the service of the UN agency.
Achampong was decorated with the Einstein Silver Medal by UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura Matsuura during the UNESCO Executive Board meeting, which ended Wednesday.
The Ghanaian retires next year after serving UNESCO for 25 years of his career.
In his tribute, Matsuura hailed the leadership of the Ghana UNESCO Commission, which has supported UNESCO activities in the country.
According to him, the Ghana Commission for UNESCO, established in December 1953, is one of the oldest and most active in sub-Saharan Africa.
A graduate educationist, Achampong is commended for bringing his vast experience to the service of Ghana's education sector.
He joined the Ghana National Commission as a Programme Officer in 1976 and became its Secretary General in 1978, and has participated in many UNESCO general conferences and other activities.
Achampong expressed gratitude to UNESCO for the award, saying the recognition would encourage his continued service to Ghana and Africa in general.
He told PANA that Africa today faced many challenges including education.

13 june 2001 21:28:00




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