Consult traditional authorities on education policies – Awadada tells government

Togbi Agbesi Awusu II, Awadada (Warlord) of Anlo State has called on the government and policy makers to consult with traditional authorities when drawing up educational policies.

This, he said would ensure the inclusion of their concerns as well as inculcating indigenous values and customs into student development.

Speaking as the special Guest of Honour during the 50th anniversary celebration of 1974 year group of Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO), Togbi Awusu said only through that could schools imbibe the cultural values of the communities in which they are found for a holistic development of the students.

‘It is imperative that government consults with the traditional authorities on important decisions regarding schools to ensure that its governance aligns with the values and aspirations of our people.’

‘It is essential to recognise that today’s education is not solely about passing examinations. It is equally about inculcating values in our children as well. The values of Anlo such as inte
grity, respect, honesty, hard work, and dedication are needed more than ever in Ghana today.

‘So, I urge the school to adopt and integrate these Anlo values into their education and upbringing of our children to nurture all round individuals, who are not only knowledgeable but also morally upright, and socially responsible,’ Togbi Awusu stated.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency after the ceremony and bemoaned the falling standard of education in the area citing KETASCO as example.

‘The recent academic performance of our schools in Anlo including KETASCO has not been the best and we cannot afford to let this trend continue so I am urging the school management to take immediate and decisive steps to address these challenges to even restore KETASCO to a grade A status.’

The Awadada, who is also an old student, then pledge their support as traditional authorities to the school management, government, and other stakeholders to create an environment to make students excel both academically and morally.

: Ghana News Agency

More than 1000 young people benefit from DTI, Mastercard Foundation’s TVET programme

More than 1000 young people across Ghana have benefitted from the Design and Technology Institute (DTI) and the Mastercard Foundation’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Livelihoods for Sustainable Jobs programme.

The Programme was designed to deliver precision fabrication training and work readiness skills to 1000 talented youth.

The three-year Transforming Youth TVET Livelihoods for Sustainable Jobs Programme, commenced from June 2020 to May 2023.

It aimed to increase access to quality employment-oriented skills training for women, and low-income and vulnerable groups.

The Programme rolled out precision quality training for master craftsmen, Small Medium Enterprises, corporates, and technical universities nationwide.

Ms Constance Swaniker, Founder and President of DTI, said it was important to be able to offer these opportunities to young people from all over Ghana to improve on their skills and contribute to the development of the country.

She said the institute sought to disru
pt the mainstream model of technical and vocational education and training in Ghana by changing the low perception young people have of TVET careers in Ghana and Africa.

Professor Alex Dodoo, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), acknowledged that the country’s biggest challenge was youth unemployment.

He said the country trained about 350,000 graduates every year into the job market for non-existing jobs.

The Professor in Residence at DTI said a lot of them have qualifications without skills to match them.

‘By skilling them and helping them create their own jobs we are helping them solve a big problem,’ he added.

Prof Dodoo said collaboration, with its focus on young people, would address the unemployment challenge.

Master Haki Asah, a participant of the programme, said he had some ideas but had no one to mentor him, coupled with training and financial support to help pursue his dreams.

He said he heard about DTI and Mastercard Foundation coming together to help young people and ind
icated it was an opportunity he wanted to develop his skill and improve his life.

Miss Matilda Adu Adjei, who learnt and improved her skills as a welder, said the brother informed her about DTI and Mastercard partnership to support young people and she took advantage of the opportunity.

Master Ishmael Lamptey said, ‘l wanted to gain some skills, especially in the field of working with metals, so when I heard about the opportunity I decided to enroll and take advantage of the opportunity.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Address challenges of free SHS before passing bill to Policy – CAPCOE

Mr Richard Kovey, the Convenor of the Campaign Against Privatisation and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE), says passing the free Senior High School (SHS) bill into law in its current form is not the best.

Mr Kovey told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that regulating the policy and ensuring its sustainability would require addressing the challenges in the sector, which included feeding, provision of learning resources, infrastructure, and payments of grants needed to purchase some items for the school, among others.

He added that the Government must also come clear as to whether the next leadership must partner with parents to ensure the smooth running of the policy and outlined the necessary steps needed to achieve that aim.

‘If you implement a policy that says everything should be borne by the Government in its current state and then, in the future, you don’t see the donor support that is being used to cater for some of the things, what it is going to mean is that schools would have to
close down. Because, by law, parents are not supposed to pay anything and the government too does not have the resources,’ he said.

He suggested that parents whose wards were in boarding schools be made to pay for feeding, utilities, and other minor things.

This, he said, would reduce the desire of people trying to send their wards to category A and B schools.

The convenor of CAPCOE said that resources obtained from Category A and B schools could be used to improve schools in the other categories.

He stated that basic schools were experiencing challenges because of the free SHS policy and called on the authorities to invest in the educational sector equally.

Source: Ghana News Agency

KETASCO 1974 alumni hand over refurbished clinic to alma mater

The 1974-year batch of Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) has handed over a refurbished and renovated clinic to the school to promote its health needs.

The handing over ceremony was done Friday to mark the 50 years Anniversary ceremony of the group at the school’s Assembly grounds.

The school clinic adopted by the year group in September 2019 was renovated and refurbished into a state-of-the-art standard to meet the health needs of students as part of their anniversary project.

Items procured included new beds, basic treatment kits, drip stands, double door refrigerator, pharmaceuticals, beds, bedsheets, and pillows cases, among others.

Renovation works done included repairing of all broken beds, changing of mosquito nets, electrical fittings, construction of disability friendly staircases and repainting of the entire structure.

Mr Siegried Sedziafa, Chairman, 1974 KETASCO Alumni disclosed to Ghana News Agency that they spent about GHS45,000.00 on the project.

‘It was a great delight for us to
touch the soil of our alma mater after 50 years and the training we had gave us the conviction to come and give back to the school.

‘We wanted to do something that could affect both students and staff and we chose the sick bay. That is why we raised the standard to a status that can even take care of staff and students as well.’

Mr. Innocent Augustt, KETASCO Headmaster, receiving the keys to the renovated clinic commended the Association for their support and promised it would be put to good use.

‘It is with joy we receive this clinic in this new condition, you cannot pursue academic excellence in bad health, so the decision to make our school clinic better will positively affect our academic performance very greatly ‚Ķ.’

The Association promised their continuous commitment to the school as they planned to work in other departments towards boosting academic excellence.

Present at the unveiling ceremony was Madam Bridget Katriku, Chairperson of KETASCO Past Students Association, Council of Elders, 1974 Ass
ociation members, staff of the clinic and entire student body

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO donates working tools to PWD students

The Africa Centre for Human Rights and Sustainable Development (AfCHuRSD) has presented sewing machines and weaving kits to six girls in the weaving and sewing department of the Wa School for the Deaf (Wa Deaf).

They included three sewing machines and three weaving machines.

Mr David Gaanye, the Upper West Regional Coordinator of AfCHuRSD, handed over the machines to the school on behalf of Madam Bernice Naah, the Executive Director of AfCHuRSD.

The items were received by the school authorities, led by the Headmaster, Mr Andreas Kormle Gbormekor, for onward presentation to the beneficiary school children.

The intervention formed part of the ‘Promoting Equal Rights for Women and Girls with Disabilities in Ghana (PERD)’ project, sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana.

It was jointly implemented by a three-member consortium-AfCHuRSD, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) and Women in Need (WIN).

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during the handing-over ceremony in Wa, Mr Gaanye said t
he machines were meant for the children to work with at home when they complete their training in the school to enable them make ends meet.

Similar support was provided to the vocational skills department of the Wa Methodist School for the Blind with the provision of camp bed frames and nylon lopes to ten girls.

The Schools for the Blind and Deaf were also provided with showrooms where their wares would be showcased to prospective buyers.

Mr Gaanye said they had also presented similar support to some women PWDs in the Nadowli-Kaleo District.

‘All these are in connection with the fact that we want these vulnerable women and girls in these schools and the entire community to feel at home and to be part of society,’ he indicated.

Mr Gaanye explained that some people looked down upon PWDs in society hence the gesture was to make the beneficiaries, who were the most vulnerable segment of society, live a comfortable life.

He said AfCHuRSD had been working with PWDs in the Jirapa and Wa Municipalities and Nado
wli-Kaleo District in the Upper West Region and Sanarigu in the Northern Region over the last three years to empower and support them to achieve a decent livelihood through entrepreneurship.

He advised the girls against engaging in acts including amorous relationships with men in the school and at home as that could jeopardise their lives.

Mr Andreas Kormle Gbormekor, the Headmaster of Wa Death, thanked the NGO for the support and expressed hope that it would positively impact the lives of the beneficiary children after school.

He said it would keep them busy after leaving school or during vacations and they would earn a living from it.

Madam Claudia Kyiileyang Viiru, the Head of the Vocational Skills Department of the school, expressed gratitude to AfCHuRSD for the support to the girls and advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the machines to reap the maximum benefits from them.

She also appealed for support to the male students in her department with the provision of sewing and weaving machines
to enable them to earn a living after school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UEW Graduates more than 9,000 students.

A total of 9,019 students are expected to graduate from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) during the second session of the 28th Congregation ceremony, which commenced on June 12 and will end on June 15 at Winneba.

The graduating students were enrolled on various programmers at the 44 study Centers of the College for Distance and e-Learning (CODel) across the country, who successful completed their programmes of studies and Students from the School of Graduate studies.

Of the number, 1, 379 students will be awarded diplomas, 6,171 first degree and 1,469 awarded various postgraduate degrees.

In the first-degree group, 545 (9 per cent) obtained First Class; 1,828 (30 per cent) had Second Class Upper, 2,178 (35 per cent), had 2nd class Lower, 1,284 (20 per cent) had 3rd Class and 336 representing 6 percent, obtained a pass.

On Wednesday, June 12, a total of 2,014 students from Atebubu, Axim, Bechem, Ejisu, Enchi, Jachie-Pramso, Sefwi-Debiso, Sefwi-Wiawso, Sekondi, Sunyani, Tarkwa and Techiman of the
CODel graduated.

On Thursday, June 13, 2,421 students from Kumasi AAMUSTED, Kumasi Islamic Senor High School (JHS), Tamale BATCO, Tamale-NOBSCO, Wa and Yendi study centers were presented for graduation.

Also on Friday June 14, 1,801 students from Accra academy, Accra College of Education, Accra St johns Grammar, Accra Wesley Girls, Dambai, Denu, Ho, Hohoe, Sogakope, Tema and Teshie Military Academy study centers graduated with diplomas and first degrees.

Saturday, June 15, the final day, saw 1,314 students from Asamankeses, Assin Foso, Cape, Kasoa, Koforidua, Nkawkaw, Odumasi-Krobo and Winneba study centers graduating.

Also 1,469 postgraduate students from the school of graduate studies made up of 17 PhD, 221 MPhil, 70 MSc, 64 MBA, 24 MA, 976 M.Ed, 133 PGDE and 27 PGDTLHE students will also graduate.

Prof Stephen Jobson Mitchual, Vice Chancellor of the University reaffirmed UEW’s steadfastness in its vision of becoming an internationally renowned institution for teacher education and research.

He provid
ed a brief overview of some of the university’s key accomplishments, showcased its exceptional graduating class and updated its stakeholders of its activities.

He mentioned the establishment of the College for Distance and e-Learning (CODel), Learning Management System Implementation, which is in progress, Introduction of master’s Degree Programmes and hosting of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) as some of its key achievements.

He congratulated the graduates for their hard work and determination to make those momentous achievements and added that they had reached that pivotal milestone not only for themselves but also for their spouses, parents, and guardians.

The VC reminded them that by their education, they had expanded their knowledge and reshaped their outlook on life, and therefore urged them to use the experiences gained as the launch pad for their future success to even greater heights.

‘We are confident that the education you have received will be immensely beneficial to you
and to our beloved Ghana,’ he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MTN Yellow Care extends digitalisation education to Christ the King School SHS

MTN Ghana ‘Y’ello Care 2024’ programme has extended digital literacy education to students at Christ the King Senior High School in the Cape Coast Metropolis.

The 30 days of Y’ello Care initiative, on the theme: ‘Education for Rural and Remote Communities – Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow’, reinforces MTN’s commitment to education and community support.

The project is aimed at enhancing and creating a lasting impact on the education and well-being of schoolchildren and students.

The intervention is part of activities to mark the 2024 edition of the group’s annual employee volunteer programme designed within the context of celebrating the 30th anniversary of MTN.

For a month, MTN and its staff would provide essential amenities and educational facilities to selected under-resourced schools across the country.

Mrs Regina Arkaifie, the Human Resource Manager, South, said the 2024 edition of 30 Days of Y’ello Care, would provide modern amenities and educational facilities in line with the company’s digital focus t
o bring innovation to deprived schools.

The initiative sought to demonstrate the limitless potential of technology and the opportunities it presents.

Additionally, she announced the implementation of a specialised programme dubbed, ‘Quench and Connect,’ where MTN volunteers would drill digital boreholes in schools facing water crises, including Academy of Christ the King.

‘We hope these boreholes will alleviate the burden on the school and allow students to focus on their studies,’ he said.

Mr Erasmus Mensah-Ackon, the Chief Executive Officer of Duapa Workspace, a tech company that facilitated the programme, schooled the students on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

He encouraged students to take advantage of the ICT space and pursue courses in this area to become self-employed even before leaving school.

He warned them against the emergence of a mobile money fraud that was sweeping through the country.

Explaining the mucus operandi of the fraudsters, he said, the criminals have resorted to s
ending texts to phones of victims claiming they have won a lottery, or their accounts have been credited with some money.

The fraudsters, he said, would proceed to call the mobile money user, claiming that he/she works for the telecommunication company and that their outfits have noticed an attempt to defraud the said user.

‘Based on this, the targeted victim is advised to proceed to a nearby mobile money vendor to get the scam attempts blocked. At the mobile money vendor, the fraudster requests to speak with the operator victim’s phone.

‘On the blind side of the victim, the fraudster authorises a cash transfer from vendor’s account to his. After the payment, the mobile money vendor asks the victim for the payment, only to realise they have both been defrauded.’

He therefore urged vendors to ensure that they took money before initiating any money transfer and cautioned victims against sharing their pin codes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We are implementing initiatives to ensure inclusive education-Minister

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, says the government is implementing policies and initiatives to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Dr Adutwum said the government was updating Ghana’s education curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st century, emphasizing critical thinking, problem-solving, and digital literacy.

‘We are expanding and modernizing our Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to equip students with the technical skills required in various industries,’ he said.

The Minister said this in Accra at the opening ceremony of the Africa Regional Conference on Education and Skills Development on the theme, ‘Unlocking Africa’s Youth Potential for Socio-economic Transformation.’

The conference was organized by the ESDEV Foundation Africa in collaboration with Accra Technical University (ATU).

It brought together policymakers, educators, industry leaders, and young aspiring professionals to enga
ge in meaningful dialogue, share best practices, and forge partnerships that will drive the future of education and skills development in Africa.

The conference’s objectives include, finding solutions to the challenges of unemployment and skills development for employability and entrepreneurship facing Africa’s youth population.

The theme, the Minister stated, resonated with the aspirations and future of Ghana and the continent, adding that Africa’s youth were not just the leaders of tomorrow but the dynamic force of today, poised to drive the nations towards greater socio-economic development and global competitiveness.

‘In Ghana, we have long recognized that the key to sustainable development lies in empowering our youth through quality education and robust skills development programs. It is essential that we provide our young people with not only the knowledge but also the practical skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving global economy,’ he said.

He called for effective collaborations with industr
y, civil society, and international organizations to enhance the relevance and impact of the country’s educational programmes to be fit for purpose.

Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth, the Minister stressed, would foster job creation and economic growth and called on development partners to provide valuable support and resources to complement government efforts.

Prof. Francis Owusu-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer, ESDEV Foundation Africa, said TVET was not merely an alternative educational pathway but a crucial vehicle for empowering the youth with entrepreneurial skills and practical knowledge required for sustainable development.

‘By advocating for and investing in TVET, we aim to unlock the potential of young Africans, reducing unemployment rates and fostering a culture of self-reliance and entrepreneurship,’ he said.

He said the Foundation would continue to deepen its collaboration with Technical Universities in Ghana and across Africa through its flagship projects, ‘Innovate
4 Employment’ and ‘Innovate Launch’, unveiled in South Africa and Nigeria.

The initiative, he stressed, was designed to empower student entrepreneurs by providing the resources, mentorship, and support necessary to transform innovative ideas into successful start-ups.

The programme will begin in Ghana with our Technical Universities in August 2024, and will target students with a passion for entrepreneurship and TVET, offering them a structured pathway to develop, refine, and launch their business ventures.

Prof Amevi Acakpovi, Acting Vice Chancellor, ATU, said the University had made significant strides in advancing TVET education and promoting entrepreneurial spirit among the students.

He said the institution had successfully launched a new Bachelor of Technology and Masters programmes, and established robust partnerships with industry leaders to provide hands-on training and cooperative education opportunities.

These initiatives, he stated, had laid a strong foundation for the students to develop the
skills and competencies needed to excel in the modern workforce.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s accord basic schoolteachers the required dignity-Paramount Queen-mother

A queen-mother has called on Ghanaians to accord basic schoolteachers the dignity they require to inspire them to work harder to enhance quality education in the country.

Nana Yaa Adanse Poduo II, the Paramount Queen-mother of the Odomase Number One Traditional Area in the Sunyani West Municipality made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Odomase Number Two.

She emphasised that teaching was not only a noble profession, but a divine call, and commended teachers for their immeasurable contributions towards the holistic development of the nation.

Nana Poduo II who was speaking to the GNA after she presented quantities of sanitary pads to some girls in the municipality, said the nation ought to do more to recognize and acknowledge the roles of teachers towards growth and development of education in the country.

She presented the sanitary pads to the form three girls of the Odomase Municipal Assembly and the Odomase Presbyterian Basic Schools to improve on their personal hygiene.

Poduo II also called on the Government to also improve the condition of service of teachers while urging teachers to redouble their efforts to improve the academic performance of pupils and students.

‘We can’t look unconcerned for the sacrifices of teachers to go unnoticed,’ she stated and advised parents to also support teachers to nurture the children in a more responsible manner.

Nana Poduo II called on wealthy natives of Odomase, both home and abroad to come back home and contribute their quota towards the renovation of the local Presbyterian school, saying, ‘we all passed through, and we must all assist to enhance the educational infrastructure of the school.’

Earlier, Mrs Mavis Afowaa, expressed worry about the dilapidated classroom blocks of the school, and appealed for assistance towards its rehabilitation.

She also appealed for support towards the construction of washrooms and places of convenience for the school children and the teachers.

Mrs Afowaa expressed appreciation to the queen-mother an
d the entire Odomase Number One Traditional Council for their continuous support towards improving the school environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Newmont organises ‘Read to Inspire’ to enhance literacy in community schools

Newmont’s Women and Allies Business Resource Group (BRG) in Ahafo has organised its ‘Read to Inspire’ outreach programme to improve literacy among basic school students in the Ahafo mine and Ahafo North projects’ host communities.

The Group distributed over 10,000 exercise books, textbooks, and other stationery to five schools, along with volunteers, who engaged in reading sessions with the students.

The schools included Afrisipakrom Roman Catholic Cluster of Schools, Susuanso Roman Catholic, Susuanso Presbyterian School, and the Methodist and Roman Catholic Basic Schools in Kenyasi No. 1.

This is contained in a press release from the Company and made available to the Ghana News Agency.

According to the statement, the Group since 2017, had supported schools in Newmont’s host communities through donations and mentoring of pupils and students.

It said it was one of the Company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at fostering a supportive and inclusive environment within the Organisation.

The state
ment said the Group focused on empowering women and their allies through various initiatives, activities, and programmes.

According to the statement, Mr. Peter Vaadi, the Headmaster of Afrisipakrom Roman Catholic Cluster of Schools, appreciated the gesture, saying, ‘We thank Newmont for its support to communities in this enclave, and we will ensure that the donation is used for its intended purpose. Considering that we just started a new term, this donation will greatly support teaching and learning.’

Also, Charlotte Baffour Awuah, Headmistress of Susuanso Roman Catholic School, thanked the BRG and highlighted the impact on students preparing for their exams.

Knowing the value of educational resources, Newmont Women and Allies BRG has continuously invested in such programmes to support literacy and child education.

Over the years, Newmont has driven various literacy and educational initiatives in its host communities, including the Newmont Gold-4-Gold Childhood Reading Literacy Programme.

Launched in par
tnership with United Way Ghana and the Ghana Library Authority in 2019, this programme aims to enhance literacy among lower primary children in targeted communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency