Modern Ghana

Capital:  Accra


Official Language: English (79 local languages)


Government:  Constitutional presidential republic


Motto:  "Freedom and Justice"


Anthem:  "God Bless our Homeland Ghana"


Gross Domestic Product:  $2,931 per Capita


Currency:  Ghana cedi


Modern Ghana is an ethnically diverse country of about 24 million people.  It is home to over 100 different ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Ashanti, Fantic, Akyem, Kwahu, Ga, Ewe, Mamprusi and Dagomba cultures.  Christianity is the main religion in southern areas while Islam remains most populous in the northern regions.  Christian-Muslim relations in Ghana are peaceful, tolerant and bilateral.  The official language is English, however most Ghanaians speak at least one of the 79 local languages of the country.


Cuisine, arts, sports and clothing all are important elements of Gnanaian culture.  The celebration of festivals is an essential part of Ghanaian culture as well.  Several rites and rituals are performed throughout the year in various parts of th country, including childbirth rites, rites of passage, puberty, marriage and death. 


Textiles are very important both as modern and traditional attire.  Different symbols and different colors mean different things.  Kente, an Ashanti ceremonial hand-woven cloth, is probably the most famous of all Ghanaian clothes  In cultural terms, Kente is more important than just cloth.  It is a visual representation of history and also form of a written language thorugh weaving.  The first kente weavers used faffia fibres to weave cloths that looked like a basket, and thus were referred to as Kenten ntoma, meaning "basket cloth.".  Football (soccer) is the most important sport.  The national men's football team is known as the Black Stars with under-20 team known as the Black Satellites.


Education is important in Ghana.  with 83% of its children in school, Ghana currently has one of the highest school enrollment rates in West Africa.  That said, over a half-million children still remain out of school because of resource constraints.  The Cardinal Dery Foundation's efforts in education focus on reducing that deficit.  The adult literace rate is 65%, with mailes at 71.7 and females at 58.3.  There are 21,530 primary schools, 8,850 junior secondary schools, 900 senior secondary schools, 52 public training colleges, 5 private training colleges, 5 polytechn ical institutions, 4 non-university public tertiary institutions and over 45 private tertiary institutions. Teaching is done in English.

The Cardinal Dery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charity devoted to significantly improving the physical, spiritual and intellectual lives of the people of Ghana by providing these basics: clean water, education and health care. Please contact us if you would like a speaker to address your organization, or if you are interested in making a donation.  Our contact information is: Phone: 414-278-0170   Fax:414-278-1169   Address: 7127 N. Green Bay Avenue, Glendale, WI 53209
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