US Ambassador swears in 35 Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Mrs Stephanie Sullivan, the United States Ambassador to Ghana on Thursday swore-in 35 Peace Corps Volunteers in Accra.

The new volunteers, who would be serving for two years, join nearly 5,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana over the past 58 years.

Of the 35, 15 would be taking up postings in the agriculture sector of the economy, while the rest would be deployed into the health sector across the country.

Peace Corps came to Ghana in 1961 when President Dr Kwame Nkrumah embarked on his Accelerated Development Plan in Education.

US President John F. Kennedy’s goal of establishing the Peace Corps was to build the capacity of host nations and to promote international peace and friendship through the exchange of culture.

In Ghana, through the decades, Peace Corps expanded its activities to include environment, health, enterprise development, water and sanitation.

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