Queen Elizabeth II Receives Order of the Volta for Science Communication

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The Queen’s most recent visit to Ghana as a state guest prompted the country to take a major stride in its efforts to reduce the number of children from poor families sent to school for free in its international schools, where they usually receive no textbooks.

Queen Elizabeth II and President John Mahama share a moment on the last day of Ghana’s visit as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, April 3, 2013.

Ghana’s President John Attaa has been awarded the Order of the Volta for his services to science communication during the visit with Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth II has received the Order of the Volta from President John Attaa on Saturday evening. The award, given by President Attaa in honour of his country’s support for global science communication, came in recognition of the Queen’s recent visit to Ghana as a state guest.

The President visited Ghana on the Queen’s first state visit to Africa as head of state, and attended a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the first such visit by a Ghanaian head of state. Earlier this week, Ghana’s President John Attaa received the Queen’s award for Leadership in Science Communication for his initiative to promote science communication in Ghana, with Queen Elizabeth being presented with the award for science in society. During the visit, President Attaa visited the recently opened Nkwanta International School for Girls and the University of Ghana, where he was awarded an Honorary Professorship for his services to education.

President Attaa, the Queen and members of the diplomatic corps attend the investiture ceremony of Ambassador to the UK Ben Stewart, on Parliament Square on April 2, 2013 in London.

Queen Elizabeth II and Ghanaian President John Attaa sign the Royal Signoff on Ghana’s National Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Strategy to be launched at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew on January 7, 2013 in London.

Queen Elizabeth II and Ghanaian President John Attaa join in the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013 in the Redeemed City Hall, Accra.

Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Elizabeth II during the state visit in Ghana on January 14, 2013, during which Her Majesty received the Order of the Volta for services to science communication.

Queen Elizabeth II and Ghanaian President John Attaa and Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama

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