Ghana One calm autumn day while at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, I passed a restaurant called "Afrodish," that seems to catch my eye over and over again. Ralph Sarpong, the owner of the appealing eatery, is a native of Ghana – a country located in West Africa. After inquiring, I learned that he was an alumni of Georgia State University with a concentration in finance. Intriguing me, I questioned and wanted to explore the country of Ghana and what it had to offer. Focusing on three general areas: socioeconomic status, government economy, and citizen opinions; focusing on education – I hope to find supporting reasons on why Mr. Sarpong may have left his home country of Ghana. Being able to show the challenges lesser developed countries face, may be able to make other more appreciative of the country we live in today. To give a little background on the country of Ghana, it's a prominent place in African history and culture. A country which is immensely culturally diverse, with a population of roughly 25 million people. Sadly, there's a strong North-South divide within the country. Their literacy rate is one among the lowest, at 23 percent. Younger people within the ages of 10 and 24 years old represent a little over one third of Ghana's population. Infant and maternal mortality rates are continuously increasing along with teenage pregnancies, with girls between ages 10 and 24 responsible for one third of all births in the country. Ghana is bursting at the seams with things like poverty, hunger, poor governance, etc. Corruption has had devastating effects on not only the individual citizens, but also on the country as a whole. To say the least, Ghana is one of the least developed countries in the entire world. More than half of Ghana's labor force is involved in agriculture or fishing as their primary occupation. Both industries increased between the late 1960's and 1990's, but is now in a period of decline; due to over-harvesting. Small businesses form the bulk of the service industry, providing repairs for almost anything one could possibly think of. While there have been modest gains and relatively decent economic growth, the severest impact has been on the huge majority of Ghanaians with declining wages, higher prices and expensive goods, fewer jobs, less government involvement, and deteriorating health care systems. Ghana has a democratic republic type of government which was influenced by a parliamentary system based on that of the British. President John Dramani Mahama was elected in July 2012 to take this country under his wing. Even so, since the early sixty's – the gap between governmental policies and their results has continued to widen. The real problems began earlier in Ghanaian history with the first prime minister and president, Kwame Nkrumah, being what we call "impeached". After that, the next 14 years saw a continued deterioration of the economy and consequent political upheavals. But, since 1981 – the political scene has been somewhat stable, yet the economy still tends to show signs of weakness and dependency. One economic topic that seems to resurface time and time again is the resource-rich land that Ghana is built upon. Unfortunately, it's facing what many economists call the, "Natural Resource Curse." This problem alone strongly affects the economic growth Ghana could one day obtain. The myth is that most countries with hefty sums of natural resources, including oil and gas, seem to be lacking in the areas of development and governance. With everything from mineral deposits, natural gases, timber, rubber, and gold; Ghana has proven the stereotype. The lack of development in Ghana can be seen when referring back to the statistics of the country. For example: life expectancy, poverty rates, HIV and literacy rates, teenage pregnancies…
Jun 17, 2013
Attitude about Education
The education system in the United States has been placed on the backburner and is in need of fundamental changes. Education is the most important and lasting parts of who we are as individuals in society. I have been fortunate to have experienced both the good and the bad of the educational system in the United States, and because of that truth I can differentiate what works and what is missing in today’s educational system…
December 9, 2012
Seasons’ Greetings from Augusta Georgia,
As another year draws to an end (unbelievable) we are thankful for the many blessings we have received from our families, friends, and colleagues. Kevin and I are still working at Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia and soon to be Georgia Regents University. Two name changes in 2 years wreak havoc with e-mail addresses. This past April, I completed my work at The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry…
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February 27, 2015
Tarleton State University
Attention getter: How many of you love attending Tarleton State University know the history of our school? Well today I am going to inform you of John Tarleton, his journey in life and about Tarleton State University.
A. I am a sophomore here at Tarleton State University and I feel that tradition and knowing about your school is a key to loving it more than you could imagine.
B. Thesis: Tarleton State University has a long history full of…
Name of College | Kennesaw State University | University of Georgia | Georgia Southern University |
Physical Address | 1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591 | Terrell HallAthens, GA 30602 | US Highway 301 South Statesboro, GA 30460 |
Website Address | www.kennesaw.edu | www.uga.edu | www.georgiasouthern.edu |
Type of School | Public, co-ed 4 yr | Public, Co-ed, 4 yr | Public, Co-ed, 4 yr |
Degree(s) Offered | Associate, Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral | certificate, bachelor's…
Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education.52.14 (Nov. 25, 2005):
Document Type: Letter to the editor
To the Editor:
"How Much Is Too Much?" (The Chronicle, October 21) and other recent articles in your pages discuss the increasing cost of education, the inability of many students to keep up with the rising cost, and the loss of federal and other grant funds that have been used to offset the increases. ...
Most of higher education believes these…
Governor- Nathan Deal
Georgia State Senator was Barry Loudermilk (R) District 14 but he resigned so there is an run-off election for his position
U.S. Senator- (R) Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator- (R) Johnny Isakson
District One- U.S. Representative - Jack Kingston (R)
District Two- U.S. Representative - Sanford Bishop Jr. (D) represents my city Columbus, GA
District Three- U.S. Representative - Lynn Westmoreland…
that university education plays a key role in our lives. However, the issue of whether practical skills are significant to university students has aroused heated debate. Several individuals believe that students only need to study theoretical knowledge while others indicate university should provide students with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. In my view, I agree with the second opinion.
On the one hand, there is no doubt that practical skills are necessary for university students…
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Introduction, Expectations, and Ice Breaker
Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dean, University of West Georgia
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Group Communications and Conflict Avoidance
Dr. Leanne DeFoor, Administrative Director, Georgia WebMBA
10:00 – 10:15 AM
10:15 – 11:30 AM
Dr. Robin Cheramie, Kennesaw State University
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
Keynote Speaker – Ray Ingersoll
State of Georgia for Reinstating Driver
Education Funding in High Schools
Governor Nathan Deal Renews Commitment to Reduce the Number of Crash Related Deaths
and Injuries Among Georgia Teens
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education applications, commends the state of Georgia for reinstating the collection of funds
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