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Monday, September 24, 2012

Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world

 Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world. Ghana is a stable, democratic country with a free press, an independent judiciary, an apolitical military, and an active civil societyPeace Corps Ghana traces its roots back to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy sent the very first 52 Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ghana. There are currently 106 Peace Corps volunteers working in Ghana.


Ghana’s completion of free, fair, and open elections five consecutive times since 1992 is a testament to its stability and economic progress in a troubled region. The Government of Ghana and the business sector are said to be among the least corrupt in West Africa. A process of political liberalization has culminated in political rights and civil liberties indicators higher than some high middle-income countries. Civil society is active and potentially a key driver for political governance reforms.
School children from Ghana
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The Government of Ghana announced on November 8, 2010, that it had achieved its goal of reaching middle income status. The economy is shifting from an agricultural base toward services but agriculture is still a major source of employment in the North. To accelerate economic growth and consolidate democratic gains, Ghana is working to modernize agriculture, strengthen citizen participation in local government, improve citizen access to quality education, and strengthen delivery of health care services.


The United States and Ghana have excellent relations based on shared commitments to democracy and human rights, and collaborate on a range of regional and global issues. The U.S. is one of Ghana's principal trading partners. Peace Corps Ghana traces its roots back to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy sent the very first 52 Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ghana. There are currently 106 Peace Corps volunteers working in Ghana. Volunteers learn to speak local languages, including: Buli, Dagaare, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Fanté, Ga, Ghanaian Sign Language, Gonja, Guruni, Hausa, Kasem, Kusaal, Likipakpaalu, Likpakpaln, Mampruli, Nzema, Sisaali, Taleni, Twi and Waale. More than 4,410 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Ghana since the program was established in August 1961.Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world and the program has never been suspended.

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