A Visit to the Dabokpa Technical Institute.

A KFW mission and staff of GTVP with representatives from COTVET paid a familiarization visit to the Dabokpa Technical Institute on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 to gain first-hand information on the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project. KFW sends missions to Ghana periodically to monitor the progress of the implementation of the project.

The principal of Dabokpa Technical Institute Mrs. Mariama Mahama gave an update on the implementation of the Voucher Project. She indicated that they offered Competency Based Training in four (4) trade areas under the Voucher Project i.e. Software Development, Garment, Welding and Automobile.

According to Mrs. Mahama, the first batch of CBT trainers who totaled 180 have already completed their training and they were all master craft persons. She reiterated the point that they appreciated the Competency Based Training model under the project and that they had started incorporating it into their mainstream mode of teaching.

The specific benefits of the project to the institution according to her includes; providing needed resources for the school for both project leaners and regular students; the school has purchased 28 industrial sewing machines from the funds from the project for the school’s personal use; and finally, the school has also managed to purchase its own vehicle using its own funds supported with funds from the project for driving school lessons under the automobile department.

The principal conducted the team around the school to inspect facilities and witness training in action. The team interacted with the automobile students at their workshop and the Mission was interested in the number of females studying automobile because it is generally a male-dominated field.

The team also interacted with the welding students as well as the garment making students. The mission wanted to find out firsthand what the challenges of these students were as well as how attendance was taken electronically using the tablets.

A demonstration was done on how the attendance is taken and uploaded to the VMS software by a facilitator. The team finally interacted with the software development students and here again wanted to know the benefit of the project to the students as well as the challenges they were encountering.

The team then met with officials of COTVET and the Executive Director of COTVET Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah on 21st March 2019, to discuss phase two of the project and other concerns they had before departing the country

Launch of Ghana TVET Voucher Project, Eastern Region.

Ghana TVET Voucher Project (GTVP), Eastern Region, was launched at Koforidua Technical University on Friday 10th May 2019.

Among the dignitaries to grace the occasion were the Deputy Minister for Education (TVET) Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah and the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Mrs. Smile Dzisi Gavua.

Honorable Gifty Twum Ampofo indicated that, trends in the global labour market indicate that, persons with skills or vocation are on high demand but much attention was not given to TVET in the time past and has resulted in Ghana importing craftsmen from other countries to serve the country’s needs at a high forex exchange cost so the need to adopt major reforms to turn the table around for socio-economic development of Ghana. She therefore urged all TVET students, master craft-persons and their apprentices to take advantage of the GTVP to build their capacity for national development.
She further stated that, Parliament has approved a loan of €127m to be used to train teachers on modern technology and modern courses and to build modern infrastructure with state of the arts laboratory and equipment to improve TVET in Ghana.

The Executive Director of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, On his part said, it is the vision of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, therefore, TVET as the component of that agenda, remains high among the priority lists of the President.

According to him, as of March 2019, 5,000 people have benefited from the Ghana TVET Voucher Project with 454 out of the number completing fully the MP1 Level.

He said, skills are a major component of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda and therefore the country will continue to sustain the progress with the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project by learning from Malaysia which now export equipment and or machinery to Germany.