Delegates from 25 countries gathered in Kumasi, Ghana, for the opening of the second Commonwealth Students Conference last week.
Delegates from 25 countries gathered in Kumasi, Ghana, for the opening of the second Commonwealth Students Conference last week. Those attending represented more than 2 million student union members throughout the Commonwealth. Ahead of them was a six-day programme debating higher education, racism and political action by students.
Ghana's Chief Executive of thee Ashanti Region, Mr. Henry Annan, read out the opening address by Prime Minister Kofi Busia. In it, Dr. Busia appealed for richer nations in the Commonwealth to help develop poorer states, thus creating a greater sense of unity.
But a cause of disunity at the conference was the question of South Africa. The day after the conference opened, the representative of South Africa's all-white student union was expelled. It was felt his presence would be dangerous to the conference in view of South Africa's racial policy.
A communique issued at the end of the conference said that a dialogue with South Africa would serve no useful purpose. It also called on Britain to abandon the hope of further negotiations with Rhodesia, and to use, force to end the "illegal regime" there and establish majority rule.