From April 29-May 8, 2013, another Sister City delegation from Charlottesville will visit Winneba, Ghana. This will be the third official delegation from Charlottesville to Winneba since this Sister City partnership was inaugurated in 2009.
The purpose of trip is to continue building relationships and exploring collaborative opportunities with residents, community leaders and government and university officials between the two cities. There are three formal goals for this trip in particular: 1) break ground on the new Winneba Public Library, and continue discussions on plans for the library project; 2) finalize arrangements for an West African Artist-in-Residence Program in the Charlottesville City Schools (to begin Sept. 2013); and 3) continue work on crafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Virginia and the University of Education at Winneba to facilitate future faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects, etc.
In addition, participants will engage in a good variety of informal activities as well (sightseeing, attending Winneba's annual Aboakyer Fesival, shopping, cultural performances, etc.). Trip participants will include representatives from Charlottesville City Council, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, City of Promise, the Ghana Association of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia and more. For most of the travelers, this will be their first visit to Africa. Needless to say, they are all quite excited for the chance to experience Ghana and to extend the bonds of friendship that the Charlottesville-Winneba Sister City partnership has been building for the past several years.