EDUCATION CRITICAL IN ACHIEVING GHANA BEYOND AID

The Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo yesterday said that education plays an integral role in governments much touted Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Addressing student’s engagement forum on the vision of Ghana   Beyond Aid at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.

The Senior Minister noted that education was a very important tool in achieving socio-economic mobility and building a country that was capable of providing its needs.

 ‘’No country has ever developed on the back of ignorant citizens. Education is the foundation of nation building, advancement of civilization and the surest way to ensure upward socio-economic mobility to create shared prosperity and inclusive society. As you listen to various resources and investments, it is obvious that this government has prioritised the need to develop the human resource base of the development of this country and there is no turning back. No cost is too high to develop the younger generation to become a globally competitive workforce,’’ he added.  

He said government would continue to develop plans and policies which reflect he aspirants of the youth and students so as to acquire skills and secure a future that was full of hope and prosperity.

The forum which was organized under the theme ‘’Education at the heart of attaining Ghana Beyond Aid – taking stock of our progress, looking into the future’’ brought together key stakeholders within the education sector to deliberate on how the country can achieve self-sufficiency through education.

Ghana has resolved to pursue the vision of Ghana Beyond Aid by maximising our resources. Our most important resource for the national development is the human resource.

In an address, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Mr Isaac Jay Hyde, commended the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, saying it was in sync with the global call for sustainable development which calls for active participation of young people in sustainable development which calls for active participation of young people in sustainable development at all levels.

He charged students to take centre stage in the socio-economic development of the country and contribute their quota in building a country that was capable of fending for itself.

The Secretary of the Ghana Beyond Aid Committee, Dr Eric Yeboah presenting the overview of the agenda said the Ghana Beyond Aid was a proactive call on Ghanaians irrespective of party affiliation to bring all hands-on deck to build a robust Ghana that was capable of creating opportunities for young people.

Panellists at the forum highlighted the need for the country to use education as an opportunity for the deeper introspection on how to build a resilient Ghana to wean itself off foreign aid.

The panellists included the Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education (COTVET) Dr Fred Asamoah, the Administrator of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), Mr Richard Boadu, President of the Greater Accra Regional Students Representative Council (GARSRC), Miss Sandra Boateng.

 The Deputy Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum who spoke on the topic ‘’Post COVID-19 and the future of education – Envisioning a new paradigm for the developing globally competitive youth’’ touched on a wide range of initiatives that government had implemented in the education sector to realise the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda. According to him, education was a very important tool that could be used to equip and harness the potential of the youth in the country.

He said at the back of the full implantation of the Free Senior High School policy, government plans on making education even more accessible by removing barriers to accessing education at all levels noting that government is working to make sure students at the tertiary levels noting that government is working to make sure students at the tertiary level can access funds through the Students Loan Trust Fund by using their national identification cards.

 On his part, Dr Asamoah expressed optimism of a Ghana beyond Foreign aid because employees were beginning to tap into the skills set of students who graduate from technical and vocational institutions. He said that was because in the last four years, there had been a considerable amount of investment in technical and vocational institutions by government which had made them He described TVET education as critical in achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda initiative.

At his turn, Mr Boadu described how his outfit had streamlined its operations to ensure value for money in the construction of educational facilities noting the value for money, leveraging on technology and expanding the educational infrastructure of the country to accommodate the growing population of students and teachers were key factors for such an agenda to Underscoring how the afore mentioned government interventions had translated into the lives of students, Miss Boateng said policies like the Free SHS was helpful to invest in students and commended government for putting education at the heart of national development because education was an important growth pole for national development.

Parliament approves tax waiver for Construction of TVET Centres of Excellence

Parliament has approved more than 10 Million Euros tax waiver on materials, equipment and services to be procured for the construction of five Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET Centres of Excellence.

Parliament’s approval follows a request by government for a tax waiver which covers Import Duties, Import and Domestic VAT, GET Fund Levy, NHIL, EXIM and Special Import Levy.

The project will involve the construction of prefabricated structures, provision of services including water and electricity in Anyinam, Pakyi-Number Two, Akomadan, Assin Jakai and Manso-Abore.

 

Source: GBCGhanaOnline

TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IS THE WAY TO DEVELOP GHANA – DR FRED KYEI ASAMOAH

The Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, has said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the way to go when it comes to any country’s infrastructural development.

He said, TVET has always been very important when we consider countries that have developed across the world– the likes of America, Europe, Japan, China and others.

In an interview with Kwabena Ahwireng Martin of Oman Fm, the COTVET boss advised parents to encourage their wards who have the passion and the interest to choose TVET since it has several advantages in our current dispensation. It is for this reason that the NPP government has taken a keen interest in it, by making TVET free for every Ghanaian child.

He further explained, TVET is not for people who are academically weak, “but rather those who are divine gifted mentally, to create good things out of something no other person can even imagine.”

Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah made these remarks at a 1-day workshop organized by COTVET under the theme, “Institutional Greening Plans Validation Workshop” held in Accra on October 27,2020.     

The workshop was to sensitize stakeholders to integrate greening philosophies into TVET under five main approaches namely: greening the campus, greening the curriculum and training, greening the research, greening the community and workplace and greening the culture. The workshop also sought to equip teachers, instructors and heads of the various Technical and Vocational Institutions across the country; on the sustainable use of natural resources in line with the SDGs, to develop Ghana and the world  at large.

COTVET, Makeup Ghana outdoor curriculum, certification for makeup artistry

As part of efforts to standardize the training and certification of practitioners in the Colour Cosmetics Industry, the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in collaboration with Makeup Ghana has developed two Competency-Based Training (CBT) training packages at levels three and four of National TVET Qualification Framework (NTVETQF) for the Makeup Artistry.

Currently, the makeup industry does not have any CBT programme dedicated solely to the training of its practitioners. This has forced makeup artists to either practice their art and craft-based on individual experience and standards or enroll in programmes which have a very minor focus on Makeup Artistry. The industry collectively clamoured for standardization in training and practice.,

In pursuit of this agenda, the regulatory agency for the TVET sector COTVET, gave technical assistance to Makeup Ghana with funding support from Skills Development Fund Phase two to develop accredited Makeup Artistry Programmes.

A curriculum development team consisting of experts from the beauty industry, Makeup Ghana, training providers and COTVET worked together under the National TVET Qualifications Framework (NTVETQF) and Ghana harmonized CBT approach.

Curriculum development which was completed this August, Level 3 (National Certificate 1) and Level 4 (National Certificate 2) in makeup artistry have since been registered on the National TVET qualifications framework and will be out doored collaboratively by Makeup Ghana and COTVET on November 13th, 2020 and will be available to all training institutions for the training and certification of practitioners nationwide.

Rebecca Donkor, CEO of Makeup Ghana believes these two Accredited Competency-Based Training Programs have a huge impact on the industry.

“It was time to bring sanity in the industry and Makeup Ghana decided to champion this to show leadership as the Industry Advocate for Beauty. Existing practitioners can regularize their accreditation to be compliant with the laws of Ghana. New Trainees can ensure the vocational programs they register for will lead to proper accreditation. Consumers can verify which Makeup Artists working on their faces are well-trained and accredited. Sanity can now prevail across the industry.”

Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah is delighted and proud of this major achievement during his tenure as the Executive Director of COTVET. “As part of our five-year TVET strategic plan, it is envisioned that by 2022, all TVET institutions will be using CBT curriculums for instruction and these two accredited training packages will be part of the many programmes we are developing to ensure quality in TVET training is achieved.”

 

Source: B&FT Online

H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo launches first-ever TVET Expo

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, says Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the surest path to equipping the Ghanaian youth with employable skills for the world of work.

Launching the first-ever TVET Expo in Accra, Mrs Akufo-Addo said having worked with young women as the Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation, she recognised the role of TVET in improving individual livelihoods and propelling national development.

“That is why when the Ministry of Education and COTVET approached me to be the Principal TVET Ambassador, I didn’t hesitate at all. So I am indeed honoured to be the Principal TVET Ambassador.”

The TVET EXPO aimed to throw more light on the reforms and achievements in technical education and to help change the negative perceptions on the sector.

It was on the theme: “Building a Robust TVET System to Transform Ghana”.

Mrs Akufo-Addo said for government to reduce unemployment it must strengthen the TVET arm of the educational system and encourage the youth to choose it to equip them with employable skills.

She also identified the need to work closely with stakeholders like teachers, community leaders and the public and private sectors who shape the decisions of the youth in choosing their career paths.

She said when well implemented, TVET would enable the country to create more professionals and increase participation in the world of work, thereby building the human capital and ensuring financial independence and psychological wellbeing of individuals.

It would also contribute positively to national revenue mobilisation through expansion of the tax net.

The First Lady said as the Government had so far spent 600 million dollars as part of efforts to strengthen TVET in the country, it was imperative that civil society and opinion leaders joined efforts in its promotion as the best means of skills acquisition and employment creation for the youth.

She said she had been working under her “Terema” initiative, a programme to equip out-of-school girls with skills, to set them up for life.

Mrs Akufo-Addo commended the Ministry of Education for appointing her as Principal TVET Ambassador and promised that together with her colleague ambassadors, they would do their best to support the Ministry and the COTVET to ensure technical and vocational education became the preferred choice.

The Expo was organised by the Education Ministry in partnership with COTVET and the GIZ.

It was addressed by the Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, who outlined the key reforms in the sector and called on the citizens to support the government in ensuring that the youth were well equipped with skills for the job market.

 

Source: GhanaWeb

COTVET TO DIGITIZE TVET INSTITUTIONS OPERATIONS

The country is to digitise its technical and vocational education and training (TVET)registration and accreditation system for the various institutions under the sector.

The move is to fast-track the registration and accreditation of TVET institutions in the country under a harmonised system being run by the council for Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).

The Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei   Asamoah, who made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic, noted that with the digitalisation system, it would make it easy to access information regarding the various training institutions and the industries they were linked with.

‘’We cannot continue to do things manually. As a country, we cannot go through a long process of doing things; we have to leapfrog. The world is moving towards digitalisation and so we cannot continue to use the analogue or manual system, ‘’ he said.

 

“The world is moving towards

digitalisation and so we cannot

continue to use the analogue or

manual system.”

Dr. Asamoah said the digitalisation system would formally be launched on Thursday, at the maiden TVET Expo in Accra.

TVET has enormous potential for moving Ghana’s economy forward. Unfortunately, till date, there is so much left to be done to make TVET skills development the driving force of the country’s economic growth. A functional TVET skills development system will improve the productivity and competitiveness of the skilled workforce and raise the income earning capacities of low-income groups.

TVET EXPO

The TVET EXPO, he said, which would be on the theme:  ‘Building a Robust TVET  system to transform Ghana’, was being organised to highlight the major achievements chalked up in the sector by the government so far. The event would be used to unveil the TVET ambassadors and role models as well as launch the 2021 National Skills Competition.

The TVET ambassadors are the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo, media personalities – Kwame Sefa Kayi and Berla Mundi, musician, Kwame Nsiah Apau; entrepreneurs–Mr. Daniel McKorley and Rebecca Donkor and actress, Martha Ankomah.

ROLE MODELS

The role models are the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of Accents and Art Company Limited, Ms Constance Elizabeth Swaniker; ICT and coding expert, Regina Honu; CEO of Kantanka Group of Companies, Mr. Safo Kantanka Jr; CEO of Sleek Garments Export Limited, Ms Nora Bannerman and the CEO of Nallem, Mr Gregory A. Kankoh.                                                                                                             The others are the CEO of mSimps, Ms Mabel Simpson; CEO of FC Beauty Group, Ms. Grace Amey-Obeng, Principal of the Dabokpa Technical Institute, Mariama Mahama; CEO of Uni-Jay, Mrs  Janet Abobigu and the CEO of the First Choice Hair and Beauty, Ms. Faustina Adofo Adjagar.

 

Source: Daily Graphic

First Lady appointed Principal TVET Ambassador

Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has been appointed as the Principal Ambassador of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) with the responsibility of promoting the preference of TVET among Ghanaian youth.

She is expected to hold various activities within various platforms to change the negative perception about TVET and to help increase enrolment in Technical and Vocational Institutions.

With the help of other TVET ambassadors, they will be expected to inspire world-class excellence in skills development and introduce the youth to a variety of skilled careers.

Rebecca Akufo-Addo indicated that TVET has served as a conduit for many to unearth and develop their God-given skills, which they subsequently applied, to make a living so Ghana must ensure an effective its development.

“Ghana must take conscious steps to make Ghana a center of excellence in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in West Africa and a competitive global player within the TVET ecosystem,” she said.

According to her, “my TVET campaign has come at the right time when the government is embarking on a drive to industrialize Ghana through the one district, one factory initiative.”

She rallied for massive support for the sector adding that “the challenges confronting the TVET sector are so huge that the government alone cannot possibly tackle them all and as such we must all join forces to ensure that TVET becomes the first choice for the Ghanaian youth.”

Composition of TVET ambassadors

The First Lady would be supported in her ambassadorial work by Ghanaian media personalities, Kwame Sefa Kayi, a broadcast journalist, and Belinda Addardey, popularly known as Berla Mundi.

Other personalities include Kwame Nsiah-Apau popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, a musician, songwriter, creative director and entrepreneur, Martha Ankoma, a film actress, Ms Rebecca Donkor, Founder and Chief Executive O of Makeup Ghana, and Mr Daniel McKorley, a Ghanaian business magnate and founder and Chief Executive Officer of McDan Group of Companies.

Source: GhanaWeb

Govt cuts sod for construction of new TVET Workshop Centre at Kukurantumi

Government has cut the sod for the construction of a new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Workshop Centre at the St. Paul’s Technical High School at Akyem-Kukurantumi in the East Akim District of the Eastern Region

At the groundbreaking ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Education in- charge TVET, Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, hinted that the Akufo-Addo led government will also begin the construction of new TVET Workshop Centres across the 6 new regions in the country.

Ms. Twum Ampofo who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abuakwa North Constituency said the contractor, Avic International, a Chinese firm, is tasked to complete and handover the fully furnished Workshop Centre in a spate of 18 months.

She explained that the project was scheduled to start in June this year but delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

She noted that with the six new regions set to get befitting TVET centres, the other three will take place in the Eastern and Central to complement Phase One, adding that, Technical and Vocational Education and Training is the priority of the government of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mrs Gifty Twum speaking further pointed out that the government has invested much in TVET which is about $1billion.

The Deputy Education Minister disclosed that her sector has funded for 32 states of the art TVET centres which can be compared to that of Japan, Singapore and other top countries.

Source: GhanaWeb

Allow BECE candidates to pick courses in TVET – COTVET Executive Director advocates

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), is advising parents to allow their wards to take interest in and select courses in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as students begin the BECE Monday, September 14.

The Council believes that technical and vocational training is as essential as education in other fields of study such as the General Arts and the Sciences.

Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, Executive Director for COTVET, told Captain Smart on Angel FM’s ‘Anopa Bofo?‘ morning show that, “as our children begin the BECE today, my advice to parents is not to force their wards to go to Prempeh College, Presec, Achimota and the rest. If the child has an interest in technical or vocational education, they should permit them to further in that field”.

According to Dr. Asamoah, previously, most people opted to be apprentices in various technical and vocational fields because they couldn’t afford the cost involved in going for formal education in TVET.

He, however, urged parents’ support towards children who choose to study and develop careers via technical and vocational education (TVET), since the government has now absorbed it fully under the free SHS policy and has become integral to Ghana’s economic growth and national development.

According to COTVET boss, “we need to uplift TVET to the highest standards if we wish to nip the cycle of unemployment into the bud. A cursory look around shows that we import technicians and experts from abroad to assist our country to achieve all the major nation-building works that require sophisticated skills including road construction.”

The COTVET director asserted that countries such as Germany and Switzerland owe their development to a strong foundation in TVET thus, the need for Ghana to equip the youth and the working class with technical and vocational skills.

While lamenting that TVET hasn’t gained much publicity though it is part of the free education policy, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah called for rebranding and reselling of technical education to students.

He further noted that the government’s policy of Ghana Beyond Aid cannot be achieved without a strong foundation in TVET.

Source: GhanaWeb

WORKFORCE RECOVERY PROGRAMME

Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority is providing 5,000 full online scholarships for Ghanaians to enrol on the Coursera Online Learning Platform with support from Commonwealth of Learning.

Interested applicants should apply on:

www.library.gov.gh/read2skill