22 January 2013

Ghana: GAVA to Train Members in Advocacy

The Western Regional branch of the Ghana Association of Visual Arts (GAVA) with support from Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund is embarking on an action plan to train members of the association to understand and know how to advocate.

In an interview with Western File, Papa Kofi Kumi Essoun, the Western Regional Chairman of GAVA, said the association would also conduct research and use the results to sensitise stakeholders as well as form a coalition with other interest groups such as cultural workers, craft men in the region to achieve its objectives.

Papa Essoun believes advocacy action would create awareness about the plight of GAVA and stimulate stakeholder interest to push for a policy framework for addressing the challenges of GAVA in the Region.

According to him, the objective of the study is to investigate the contributory factors and effect of the non-completion of the Western Regional Theater which has been under construction for 22 years and is at 35 per cent completion, and the need for government commitment to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for speedy completion of the project.

Such, he said, would lead to the sustainability of traditional arts, which can support economic development by strengthening communities, stimulating demand for local products, and supporting the economic activities of other local businesses.

"Traditional arts will, therefore, represent an opportunity for Sekondi-Takoradi to capture a share of national growth, while preserving the cultural vitality essential to community quality of life, thereby creating more job opportunities and wealth," he added.

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