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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University of Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 5. 1961

Cultural Affairs

Cultural Affairs

Arts Festival

The celebrations for the opening of the building are still in the initial planning stage, and the activities in many cases have to be confirmed with the clubs concerned. The Drama Club is not certain whether Amtigout will be ready in time or even whether actors can be found so soon after their production of "Much Ado About Nothing." This latter production in the new Little Theatre will cause some confusion with the official opening of the whole building, but is unavoidable. Arts Festival functions will be open to the public. Miss Jill White, c/- Office, may be contacted for inquiries re the Arts Fesitval.


Mr Mel Stout has been appointed to organise a display of past student publications. Some debate, as to the feasibility of club displays, was held. Spike, which will be on sale during activities, will give the public an idea of club activities. It was decided to mention to clubs that their notice boards in the new building would be empty for the opening function and public inspection, and that any displays they cared to produce for these would be welcome. Larger displays if suitable would be placed in one of the committee rooms. It was resolved that the House Committee would look after all displays and possibly have them continuously throughout the year.

Because there was such a poor response to the advertisements for displays when the building was to have been opened in February, some hesitation was felt in organing anything. However, if students produce suitable work, steps will be taken towards putting it on view for the public and fellow students.


In connection with a comprehensive reform in education, which provides above all for the esablishment of public schools with universal compulsory education until age 15, the government is planning to raise the number of students at higher institutions from, 345 (1960) to about 3,000 in 1970. In order to attain this goal, culture agreements were made which allow a growing number of Guinea's students to study at foreign institutions of higher learning. Also, the founding of a University of Guinea is provided for 1962-63. (L'Etudiant de France, Paris).


3,000 Ghanesian students will go to the U.S.S.R. and other countries of the Eastern Bloc to study in 1961, President Nkrumah announced at the Technical College of Kumasi on December 10, 1960, where he opened a study centre of the majority party Ccp. (Unipresse, Brussels).