Communication Educators Association of Ghana (CEAG) has been launched and its maiden conference was organized in the Central Region at the University of Education, Winneba.
The two days conference, which was under the theme “Communication Education in a Disruptive Era: Curriculum Development and Pedagogical Issues” saw professionals in communication across various Universities in the country come to discuss aspects of communication education and how this influences the growth of learners in this particular field.
Speaking at the conference was Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee of the Communication Educator Association of Ghana, Mr. Kwesi Aggrey, who spoke about the journey so far.
“CEAG at last, I say this because some efforts have been made to make this day a reality. In November 2018, coming closely on the heel of International Communication Association held in Legon, The Department of Communication and Media Studies here at the University of Education, Winneba was commissioned to host to this historic event.
In fact, we embraced this great commission and immediately set ourselves to the task. Let us emphasize that it has been quite challenging but also fulfilling,” he said.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, also addressed the conference pledging his support for the Association.
“Six months ago when delegates of CEAG indicated their choice to hold this meeting on our campus we truly welcomed the idea and the honor done to our Institution and we promise to make out facilities and resources available for this two-day conference. Let us make sure we grow CEAG to greater heights and I personally want to indicate that if you need my support in my personal way especially financially, I will be there to support you.” Prof. Afful-Broni stated.
Giving the Keynote address at the launch was Professor Kehbuma Langmia who is a Professor of Communications at Howard University, USA advised for communication in the continent to be Africanized.
Communication education in a disruptive era means that we have to Africanize our communication cultures and as Prof. PLO Lumumba said “We are not children of a lesser god”, it is time to Africanize our communication cultures in the continent.” He added
He further advised for Africans to be players and not pawns in the field of communication.
Conscientisation is key, the concept of decolonization and I may add, de-westernization are the only safety valve for us. … in a disruptive era of communication, we have to be players and not pawns in the chess game of communication in the world. Prof, Langmia stated.
Other keynote addresses were by Ms. Esther Cobbah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of Stratcomm Africa and Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Former Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC).
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi|universnewsroom.com