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Diasporian News of Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Source: Dan Sowah

Nzema Association in Paris initiates Driving Lessons

Nzema Association in Paris initiates Driving Lessons & Computer classes in French, English and Akan The Nzema Association in France has initiated a challenging programme comprising Driving lessons,English language and Computer classes. The idea of embarking on this important programme emerges from the Pertinent Education Orientation Programme (P.E.O.P.).

This is a programme which seeks to help children choose appropriate subjects which will lead them into ventured careers and professions as well as offer them a vast worldwide job market. Also, it will help Ghanaians break the language barrier that prohibits them from taking driving lessons and passing the test here in France especially the road signs, and the computer classes which is very expensive for most to afford. The association has created a periodic forum which discusses with participants and parents for their unyielding support which is paramount for the success of the programme.

Children are restricted only to the English and Computer classes. The Driving lessons are open to adults in addition to the English and Computer classes. The Association sought permission from the Mayor and the Interior Ministry through a letter which was granted without difficulty because to them it was the first in its kind amongst the Ghanaian Community in France.

Just 2 months after the Association initiated this programme, it has already on its record more than 15 participants who are taking their driving lessons seriously and about 20 people registered on their waiting list for the next session. As everything is being thought in English and French and explained in detail in the Akan language, Ghanaians who have heard about this programme have welcomed it with exuberance as this will enable them pass their driving test and become Computer literates consequently increasing their chances in the job market.

After a participant has sufficiently taken the driving lessons, and mastered the road signs and assured him/herself of passing the test, the Association will then register the fellow with the (Prefecture) the Driving/Licensing authorities and a date will be given for the fellow to come over for the test.

The President of the Association Mr. Sammy Appiah and his Vice, Mr. Francis Kodwo Nyann have put every thing in place to make the programme a very big success. The Association have pruchased 20 new computers, printers, a video projector and other IT equipements necessary for the computer classes and all is set for the classes to begin on the 4th of November 2006.

Mr. Sammy Appiah (The president) whose inclination is to promote the welfare of Ghanaians in France is the teacher for both English and the Driving lessons, whilst Mr. Dan Sowah, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer working with a world reputed IT consulting company takes on the Computer classes.

The venue offered to the Association is Hall ST. JUST at Val d’Argenteuil 95 (Paris). The programme is held every Saturday and Sunday. English classes start from 14H.00 – 16H.00 and the Computer classes from 16H.00 to 18H.00 all on Saturdays. However, the Driving lessons begin at 10H.00 – 13H.00 on Sundays. Additional lessons are held for willing participants on Sunday afternoon from 15H.00 to 18H.00 on request.

Interested Ghanaians of this programme should contact Mr. Sammy Appiah and Mr. Kodwo Nyann on 0622303561 and 0627498205 respectively for detailed information and registration.