African nations need to examine first-class practices from every different and the rest of the world, particularly withinside the areas of schooling and skills acquisition, for you to put together correctly for the converting dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.
Speaking at a World Bank-organised Ministerial Meeting on Education for West and Central Africa in Accra on Monday, June 27, 2022, Dr Bawumia stated whilst individual nations have been rolling out academic reforms, collaboration could scale up the rate of adoption of such reforms and feature an extra impact on their quest to construct a sturdy human useful resource base.
“We will not be able to deliver change without building and sustaining political momentum in the region. In many of the region’s countries, more efforts are needed to rationalize the governance of education systems to achieve greater coherence, cooperation, and coordination.”
“Indeed, the relationship between socio-economic development and human capital is critical and Ghana’s policies on education access, quality, equity, relevance, skills acquisition and education financing reflect how Ghana is using education as a lever for human capital development and socio-economic transformation”, he pointed out.
The Meeting, which delivered collectively Ministers of Finance and Education from 22 nations representing West and Central Africa, will discuss key findings of the World Bank Africa Western and Central Education Strategy 2022-2025, framed across the strategic topics of finance and governance, tackling studying poverty and foundational competencies, technical vocational schooling and training, and tertiary schooling and competencies.
It can even construct a coalition on schooling and a motion for multiplied attention on excellent schooling to promote human capital withinside the Africa Western and Central region; and issue a call for motion by Ministers of Finance and Education.
Outlining an intensive listing of ongoing reforms in Ghana’s education sector, from reviewing the pre-tertiary schooling curriculum, reform of Secondary Education that specialize in get entry to to Free Senior High school, via established order of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) and TVET Service to operationalize the TVET space, to elevation of the minimal qualification for teachers from degree to diploma in addition to provision of access to financing of tertiary schooling in Ghana via the ‘No Guarantor Policy’, Vice President Bawumia called for cross pollination of thoughts on approaches to make such reforms even better.
“As is the case of several other countries in West and Central Africa, Ghana has introduced several key policies and reforms to strengthen education quality and management across the education sector… Ghana’s education reform agenda can benefit from collaboration and synergy with our regional partners. That is what this conference must explore to spur up the collective growth of the continent because as Helen Keller once said, “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
Commending Ghana for the successes chalked so far in her education reforms, the World Bank Vice President for Western and Central Africa, Ousmane Diagana, said the Bank’s 2022-2025 Education Strategy was designed to meet the needs of the youth of the continent, and assured of his organisation’s continued support for, among others, reducing Learning Poverty – the share of 10-year-olds who are unable to read and understand a short text – which affects more than 80 percent of children across the region, the highest rate in the world.