By Cecil Mensah
Ghana joined the rest of the world on Tuesday March 17, 2015, to celebrate the international year of light and light- based (IYL) technologies.
The event, was marked at the International Conference Centre in Accra and was proclaimed at the sixty- eight Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 20, 2013.
The process led to the proclamation of initiatives at the one hundred ninth Session of UNESCO executive Board in Paris by Ghana in partnership with the permanent delegations of Mexico, Russia and New Zealand.
The UN, in proclaiming the day as an international year on light and light -based technologies, focused on the topic of light and its applications.
The UN recognized the importance of raising global awareness on how light and light – based technologies can promote sustainable development and provide solutions to
global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health sectors of the economy.
Launching the day in Accra on behalf of the President, John Dramani Mahama, the Minister of Education, Prof Jean Nana Opoku-Agyemang, said light plays a vital role in everybody’s live and was an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science.
According to her, light has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communications via the Internet.
She said, light continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.
She said, Ghana’s initiative brings on board global partnership involving the optical societies, scientific unions and photonic giant industries around the world to harness the benefits of lights and light – based technology.
She said, Ghana intends to adequately inform the continent of Africa on some of its upcoming events which include the upgrading of the Laser and Fibre optics centre at the University of Cape Coast into a fully fledged institute for capacity building.
The rest are the establishment of a sub regional Laser Medical Application Laboratory (LMAL): a solar technology research centre to enhance the study and promotion of solar science and the use of alternative energy as well as the establishment of a museum of light based technologies she disclosed.
She said, the launch of IYL means Ghana was commemorating the beginning of a research collaborations among the cross -cutting fields of natural sciences, towards addressing numerous challenges in an interdisciplinary science manner.
The celebration was co- marked by the Education Ministry, Ministry of Environment, Science and Innovation, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO.