Bow Valley College introduces an English proficiency exemption

Removing barriers for newcomers and international students

Calgary, March 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bow Valley College is announcing an exciting change to its admissions process for many international students and newcomers to Canada. Applicants from almost 50 countries around the world are now exempt from taking an English language proficiency test.

“Bow Valley College prides itself on removing barriers to learning. This landmark change provides students from countries where English is the primary language of education the opportunity to realize their academic dreams with a more seamless entry,” says Kara Mott, Dean, Enrolment Management and Registrar, Bow Valley College.

To qualify, applicants must provide transcripts that show completion of required secondary (high school) or post-secondary education. The change applies to virtually all Bow Valley College programs.

“As a former international student, I know firsthand what preparing for an English language proficiency test is like. An exemption for some of our prospective students means one less step, saving them time and money. It will be a game changer,” says Trisha Choudhury, Manager, International Student Recruitment, Bow Valley College.

Please visit our website for a list of countries now exempt from the English language proficiency test and details about the requirements.

About Bow Valley College 
Calgary and region’s only Comprehensive Community College — with 14,000 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College helps Open Doors – Open Minds to in-demand jobs in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our graduates contribute to the digital economy, careers in business, TV & film production, and serve on the frontlines of healthcare and social services. Bow Valley College invests in three applied research pillars: educational technology, social innovation, and health.

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Shannon van Leenen, Senior Media Relations Specialist
Bow Valley College
403-671-3274
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Ghana commemorates 53rd Anniversary of International Organisation of La Francophonie

Ghana on Monday commemorated the 53rd Anniversary of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) with a flaghoisting ceremony at the forecourt of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra. Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration hoisted the flag of Ghana, while that of the OIF was hoisted by Mr Maher Kheir, the Ambassador of Lebanon to Ghana and President of the La Francophone Ambassadors Group. The Francophonie is an institution, dedicated since 1970 to promoting the French language and political, educational, economic, and cultural cooperation among the 88 member countries of the OIF. This year, Ghana has taken the commemoration of the Francophonie Week a step higher to enhance the visibility of La Francophonie in Ghana. The week-long celebration is from 18th March to 25th March. Speaking at the flaghoisting ceremony, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Government and People of Ghana, extended felicitations to Madam Louise Mushikiwabol, the Secretary General of La Francophonie and her staff for their hard work in moving the Organisation forward despite the numerous global challenges and political crises that had beset the Francophone space. The Minister congratulated her, especially for her able leadership, which had invigorated the Organisation to provide adequate responses to the myriad 21st Century challenges facing humanity ranging from security, environmental, technological, and digital revolution to gender equality issues. She said Ghana applauded the flagship projects that she had initiated to enhance the visibility and relevance of the organisation, ‘La Francophonie avec elle’ which was a poverty alleviation initiative to assist women in distress situations. Adding that it was a worthy cause which Ghana supported and made modest contributions to the seed fund. ‘I hope the fund grows and serves more women in the French speaking world in this difficult post- COVID era,’ Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said. She said the Youth Development programmes aimed at involving the youth in governance issues as well as the Francophone games were laudable programmes that would change the narrative of the Francophone world, if well implemented. On the founding fathers of the OIF, she said as Africans, it was with extreme pride that they paied tribute to the founding fathers of this all-important Organisation, which was born on 20th March 1970, exactly 53 years ago by four Heads of State, three of whom were Africans and one Asian. She said the International Organisation of La Francophonie boasted of 88 Member States and other Non-State Actors, thanks to the visionary leadership of President Léopold Sédar Senghor of Senegal, President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia, President Hamani Diori of Niger, and Prince Norodom Sihanouk, ‘King Father’ of Cambodia. ‘Our delight in belonging to this robust Organisation founded on such noble principles as the promotion of the French language, cultural and linguistic diversity, the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights, which are at the core of our constitution, cannot be over emphasised,’ she said. ‘We share in the need to support education, training, higher education and research as we are committed to enhanced economic cooperation between us and the five continents of the Francophonie world, in pursuit of sustainable development’. Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said considering that La Francophonie accounted for over 1.5 billion people, representing one third of UN member countries, and Africa had the largest number of French speakers accounting for 55 per cent of the continental population; saying ‘we are happy to say that Africa holds the key to the future of La Francophonie’. She said since 2006, when Ghana was admitted into this rich Francophone world of cultural diversity, the country had remained active and engaged. The Minister said various Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding signed between Ghana and the OIF had afforded Ghana the opportunity to enjoy fruitful collaborations with the Organisation and its member states. She said the Linguistic Pact signed in May 2018 and the Teacher Mobility Programme signed between both sides in November 2021 were notable examples of their engagements. She said within the context of the Teacher Mobility Programme, Ghana had played host to over 20 French teachers drawn from various Francophone countries, who were helping to improve the quality of teaching and learning of French in all the regions of the country across various sectors. ‘Ghana is therefore excited to become a full member of this essential organization, whose relevance to the socio-economic development of our country cannot be overlooked,’ she said. ‘We are well on our way to achieving full membership and we fervently hope that the 2024 summit will see Ghana transition to this status.’ On his part, Mr Kheir said President Akufo-Addo had on many occasions given his support to La Francophonie and the French Language, which proved the fraternal relations Francophones shared with Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ho Diocesan Youth Council honours Prosper Bani and others

The Ho Diocesan Youth Council has honoured some key persons of its community with plaques, to appreciate them for their immense support towards activities of the youth in the Diocese. They included Mr Prosper D. K. Bani, the Former Chief of Staff, Mr Edmond Kudjoe Attah, the North Dayi District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Charles Agbeve, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Agortime Ziope, as well as Mr and Mrs Jerry Agala, also prominent benefactors. Other recipients were Mr Peter Awume, Mr Peter Kpiebiamame, Mr Dela Herman Agbo, the Chief Executive Officer of Eco Capital Investment Mgt. Ltd, Mr Sekle William and Rev. Fr. Fidelis Kumado, the immediate past Diocesan Youth Chaplain. The awards were presented to them during the climax of the Council’s 2023 Annual Youth Pilgrimage to the Sacred Heart Shrine at Fodome Helu which was on the theme: ‘Do all things without grumbling or questioning (Phil 2:14).’ Mr Fred Adzakpa, the Diocesan Youth Chairperson, said the plaques would serve as a reference to their children and future generations of these recipients to emulate. He stated that the Council was working to deepen the faith of the youth in God and their love for the Church and cautioned them about the dangers of drug abuse, advising them to stay away from negative social vices. He urged all people of goodwill to join hands to support the Diocese and the Council in the training of the youth for employable skills. Mr Jerry Agala, on behalf of Togbe Agbefle I, the Asafofiaga of the Fodome Traditional Area, donated some money to support the youth in the Diocese. Mr Wilberforce Norbert Senyo Kporku, who received the plaque on behalf of Mr Bani, expressed gratitude for the recognition. He made a cash donation on behalf of Mr Bani to the youth, while other individuals also made similar contributions towards the enhancement of the youthful generation of the Diocese. Mr Andrews Adugu, the General Secretary of Volta and Oti Branches of the Ghana Bar Association, encouraged the youth to maintain a high sense of humility no matter their statuses in society. The climax Mass was presided over by the Reverend Fr. Edbert Doh, the Diocesan Youth Chaplain, while Rev. Fr. Prosper Agbosu in a Homily, encouraged the youth to be proud of their Catholic identity and hold on to God in the face of all challenges.

Source: Ghana News Agency

People with down syndrome can be trained to be independent – Pediatrician

People with down syndrome can be educated and trained to contribute to societal development, ‘they can be trained to be independent,’ Dr. Amma Benin, Head of the Pediatric Department at the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) has stated. She said although they experienced learning and developmental delay as well as some health problems, ‘people born with down syndrome can grow up to be independent’. Dr. Benin stated at the weekly ‘Your Health! Our Concern! A Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office initiative aimed at promoting communication on health-related and setting the medium for the propagation of health information to influence personal health choices by improving health literacy. Speaking on the topic: ‘Child Defect,’ Dr. Benin explained that down syndrome was a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division resulted in extra genetic material from chromosome 21. ‘Down’s syndrome causes a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability, and developmental delays,’ she said. She said some features of down syndrome included a flattened face, small head, short neck, protruding tongue, upward slanting eyelids, small ears, and short hands with a single crease in the palm among others. Dr Benin said early intervention programmes with a team of therapists and special educators who could treat each child’s specific situation in managing their down syndrome. She added that there had been a series of articles on people born with down syndrome attaining higher education and breaking stereotypes in society. She said those with mosaic down syndrome had a milder form of down syndrome because they did not have the tresome in all their cells which made them have mild effects of the syndrome. Dr. Benin said with love and care, those with milder types were able to attain higher education, while others were trainable; the untrainable were those with severe abnormalities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Finance Minister leaves for China for debt negotiations

The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to arrive in China on Wednesday for debt negotiations, a source close to the finance ministry told the Ghana News Agency. The Minister is leading a high-level government delegation for bilateral talks on debt restructuring and financing assurances on Thursday and Friday, the source said. The delegation includes other government officials as well as technical teams from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Members of the delegation will meet with representatives of the Chinese Government and counterparts from the Chinese Ministry of Finance. Mr Ofori-Atta’s visit is seen as a crucial step towards securing IMF board approval for the country’s economic programme. The delegation will update the Chinese Government on Ghana’s ongoing debt restructuring process, with negotiations towards a sovereign debt treatment scheduled to continue from where they started with the Chinese Government Delegation that visited Accra in early March.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaians must help attain SDG Six for safe water and sanitation-Executive Secretary

Madam Dorcas Adwoa Paintsil, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission has called on Ghanaians to mobilise efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goal Six on access to safe water and good sanitation. She said: ‘Looking at the target set by the UN to be achieved by countries globally at the end of 2030 and where we have reached as of 2023 globally, we may not be able to meet the goal six globally, and even Ghana as country, hence the need for all hands to be on deck.’ Madam Paintsil made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency when the Commission organised a Webinar in collaboration with the National Planning Committee and partners as part of series of activities to mark this year’s World Water Day. The Day, which would come off on March 22, 2023 is on the theme: ‘Accelerating Change.’ The Webinar brought some experts in the water sector to share knowledge on the topic: ‘How Safe is the Water in your Home?’ The panellists were Madam Francisca Frimpong, Chief Scientific Officer with the Ghana Standard Authority, Engineer Frank Teye Oblim, Principal Technologist, CSIR – Water Research Institute, Madam Edna Mamle Tetteh, Water Quality Officer – Ghana Water Company Limited, and Mr James Obeng Gyedu, Head of Sales and Business Development – Poly Tank Ghana Limited. Madam Paintsil said the World Water Day had been designated by the UN to raise awareness on how to use water and to bring to the fore the SDG six. She described this year’s theme as appropriate because it is requesting everybody to be the change they want to see, saying ‘There is the need for all of us to mobilise our efforts to support the attainment of the goal so that everybody can have access to clean water and sanitation.’ Mrs Theodora Adomako-Adjei, Head of Extension Services Community Water and Sanitation Agency and the moderator of the discussion said according to a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey that was undertaken in 2017 and 2018 in Ghana, the data indicated that 79 per cent of the population have access to water. ‘But the same data indicated that 48 per cent of the population are at risk of drinking contaminated water and the worst aspect is even at the point of use,’ she stated. She said the SDG 6.1 expected that by 2030 the countries all over the world should have achieved universal and equitable access to safe water, and that the emphasis was on safe drinking water for all. Mrs Adomako-Adjei explained that the criteria for safely managed drinking water service means that households must use an improved source that is accessible on the premises, available when needed and free from contamination. She advised that the illegal activities around the country’s water bodies must be ceased forthwith to prevent water crisis. Mr Oblim in his presentation said rainwater harvesting helped to prevent erosion and flooding and could be used for domestic chores such as washing of cars and gardening, but for drinking it must be properly treated. Madam Tetteh on her part said the GWCL always ensured the supply of potable water to the citizenry and advised the public to put a stop to illegal water connection, avoid laying pipelines through drains, and engage professional in their plumbing works while cleaning their water containers regularly to avoid contamination. Mr Gyedu entreated the public to engage the service of the Poly Tank Ghana Limited in the cleaning of their overhead water tanks at least twice a year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Current economic difficulties require concerted efforts by all – Asantehene

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has stressed the need for all Ghanaians irrespective of political affiliations, to work together, to resolve the current economic challenges. The challenges facing the nation should also serve as a wakeup call to individuals, organizations and government institutions to work to reduce wasteful spending and direct resources to economically productive areas to improve the livelihoods of the people. These, according to Otumfuo Osei Tutu, were necessary, as the country moved to negotiate with external creditors to position and make meaningful economic strategies. Addressing the 56th congregation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, also entreated the government to be transparent in the management of the economy to earn the trust of Ghanaians. ‘Government should be more accommodating and reach out to those who may even oppose them politically, the interest of the country is paramount, and we must all work together to prevent the collapse of the economy. No one can pretend not to see the difficult times that we find ourselves in. But at the same time, I want to encourage all of us to keep hope alive’, the Asantehene advised. He entreated the management and staff of the KNUST to manage the limited resources available judiciously and eliminate waste. This is the time the University must innovate and come up with appropriate solutions to resolve challenges within and those of the nation, he stated. Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged institutions of higher learning to prioritize equipping students with the necessary employable skills to succeed in the labour market. The Universities should include business development and career counselling in their curriculum to produce well-rounded graduates who could hire others to start their own businesses. He commended the KNUST for establishing the Kumasi Business Incubator Project and the Career Services Center, where graduates were guided to create, innovate and develop abilities. Professor Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice Chancellor said the University had not relented on its efforts to achieve its mandate as a lead scientific and innovation research institution in the country. The university, she said had upgraded its research laboratories, acquired new pieces of research equipment and committed an amount of GHS 1,000,000.00 to the KNUST research fund. Again, a total of GHS 995,882.00 was awarded as grants from the fund to 33 academic staff for research purposes.

Source: Ghana News Agency