Mr Vincenzo Morlini, President of AFS-Global, has said the intercultural promotion-organisation would continue working with its Ghana partner to sell Africa?s cultural diversity to the rest of the world.
He, therefore, urged AFS-Ghana to develop programmes and create more avenues and opportunities that would feature adults into their programmes to promote more links to Africa.
Mr Morlini was speaking at the AFS-Ghana Awards night to honour Reverend Allan Okomeng-Mensah, a ?Galaxy Award Winner?, who is the board chairman of AFS-Ghana, and a volunteer of the programme since 1977. Other hard working volunteers of were also recognised.
Formerly, the American Field Service, AFS is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, non-profit AFS Organizations.
With a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board, AFS-Global has been exchanging students throughout the world for 60 years.
Mr Morlini said AFS-Ghana was among the most successful organizations in the network and urged volunteers and host families to do more to attract more volunteers into their fold.
Mr Morlini said AFS-Global currently had about partners in about 59 countries and aimed at increasing the partnership countries to 100 by year 2020.
?We also have about 13,000 volunteers and host families and also aim at increasing the number to 20,000 by year 2020?, he said.
Mr Kwame Otchere, National Director of AFS-Ghana, said it was important to promote the ideals of the organization, which focused on promoting a peaceful and just world, with reliability and credibility, through international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities.
High ranking officials and politicians in Ghana, he said, were among the beneficiaries of the programme.
He said AFS-Ghana worked toward a more just and peaceful world.
Rev Okomeng-Mensah thanked AFS-Global for the award and urged other award winners and non-award winners to continue to serve the organization to successfully achieve its goals.
Mr Philip Addison, a leading legal practitioner, who won an award, told the GNA in an interview that AFS-Global had broadened his outlook and exposed him to the cultural lives of different countries.
He said his membership with AFS-Global started in 1976, and this had given him the opportunity to travel to different countries to stay with ?unknown? families who were partners of AFS-Global.