World Vision Ghana donates furniture to six basic schools in Nkwanta South

Nkwanta (O/R), Aug 18, GNA-World Vision Ghana has donated 276 dual desks worth GHC 64,000 to the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly to be distributed to six basic schools in the Municipality.

Mr Edward Owulah, the Krachi-Nkwanta Cluster Manager, who made the donation on behalf of the World Vision Ghana (WVG) National Director, Mr Dickens Thunde said the donation was part of WVG’s continuous commitment to the needs of most vulnerable girls and boys in the country.

“The donation of the 276 dual desks for use by a total of 552 girls and boys in six basic schools would enhance the school environment and teacher support for the increased reading performance of school children,” the Cluster Manager added.

Mr Bright Kwame Lenwah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), receiving the furniture on behalf of the Municipality expressed the Assembly’s appreciation to World Vision Ghana for the good collaboration and tremendous support to meet some of the needs of the people in the area.

The MCE reiterated the fact that the Assembly is responsible for the development needs of the people within the municipality, adding “I thank World Vision for supporting the Assembly to meet some of the needs of the people.

Handing over the dual desks to Mr Benjamin Kpevor, Municipal Human Resource Management and Development officer, the MCE assured the Municipal Education Directorate of the Assembly’s commitment to improving the school environment and teacher support for the increased reading performance of girls and boys.

He indicated the Assembly’s continuous partnership with WVG and other development agencies to help meet the needs of the education sector.

The Municipal Human Resource Management and Development officer, Mr Kpevor who received the donations on behalf of the Municipal Director of Education was full of praise for World Vision Ghana for the donation.

He recounted the numerous donations of school supplies and infrastructure the Ghana Education Service (GES) has received from world vision Ghana over the years.

He assured the Municipal Assembly and WVG that the GES directorate would ensure good maintenance of the dual desks to be able to increase the reading performance of the children.

Mr Kpevor advised the six (6) beneficiary school headteachers who were present at the handing-over ceremony to liaise with their respective school management committees (SMCs) to ensure the desks are made available for use by the most vulnerable girls and boys in their schools.

Like the proverbial Oliver Twist, Mr Kpevor hopes that WVG would continue to make more donations of school supplies including teaching and learning materials to improve the learning outcomes of the most vulnerable girls and boys in the municipality.

The beneficiary headteachers from the six basic schools also appreciated world vision Ghana for their support towards the improvement of teaching and learning in the various schools but pledge to keep the desk very safe for future generations to also benefit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Explore digital manufacturing in academic programmes to produce auto parts – Veep

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia Wednesday urged the Academic City University College to explore rolling-out a digital manufacturing programme to produce digital auto parts in 3D printing.

That, he said, would enable auto mechanics at the Suame Magazine and artisans in other parts of the country to use it in their operations.

Government will, therefore, support and partner the University to roll-out the Digital Manufacturing programme to help create jobs for the youth.

Vice President Bawumia made the call when he inaugurated the Academic City University College at Agbogba, a suburb of Accra.

It involves application of digital technologies to manufacturing and acquiring the right information in designing and production to improve manufacturing operations.

The Vice President lauded the University for being the first tertiary institution in West Africa to roll out the Bachelor-of-Arts in Artificial Intelligence and other forward-looking programmes like Biomedical Engineering and Robotics.

The University, which began its academic programmes with 45 students in 2018, runs Bachelor of Arts degrees in Entrepreneurship, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Accounting among other essential courses.

Through the Tertiary Education Commission, the Government was undertaking comprehensive education reforms to re-orient the critical mass of Ghanaians to transform the economy, Dr Bawumia said.

He said the newly created regions – Western North, Savannah, Ahafo, North-East and Oti – would have public universities with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Government, he said, recognised the significant contributions of private universities to the overall education system of the country.

Professor Fred McBagonluri, the President and Provost of the University, in his welcome remarks, said the University was creating an enabling environment for critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

It was raising a dynamic workforce that would solve complex societal challenges and positively impact the socio-economic enhancement of the nation, he said.

Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, a Deputy Minister of Education, said the Government was determined in raising scientists, inventors and engineers with 21st Century skills to solve very complex societal issues and better the lots of the citizens.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government must share the cost of education with parents – CAPCOE

Tema, Aug. 18, GNA – The Campaign Against Privation and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE) has called on the government to share the cost of education with parents to save the Free Senior High School policy from collapsing.

Mr Richard Kwashie Kovey, CAPCOE Convener who made the call said in order not to also compromise on the quality of education some parents capable of supporting the policy to complement the government’s effort of providing free and quality education to the citizens must be allowed to do.

Mr Kovey was speaking at the 15th edition of the Monthly Stakeholders Engagement and Workers’ appreciation day seminar organized by the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office.

The GNA Tema event also aimed at providing a platform for both state and non-state organizations to address national issues to enhance development as well as serve as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of reporters toward national development in general, growth and promotion of the Tema GNA as the industrial news hub.

Speaking on the “Impact of the IMF bailout on education in Ghana,” Mr. Kovey said at the basic level of education, parents, could support to cater for examination costs of their wards.

“If your child is in school for three months and you pay GHC10.00 for them to print papers to write an examination, what does it take away from you and those who will not pay, sometimes you balance so that they all write,” he added.

He expressed concern that the free education had been postured in a way that was making it difficult for other stakeholders to support the policy when there was the need.

The CAPCOE Convenor said, “not every Ghanaian is needy so if the definition of free education has been properly spelled out, if it has not been over politicized, I’m sure we would not have been struggling, the issue of food, test books, and the others will not come”.

He said the payment of fees for the academic year should be on a need basis so that those who come from poor background gets more to enable them to catch up with those of richer backgrounds.

Mr Kovey added that, there was the need to do review the free education policy to ensure the attractiveness of the plan to attain the long-term national vision.

Other speakers at the stakeholders’ engagement were: Mr Richard A. Quayson, a Deputy Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ); Mr. Edward Kareweh, General Secretary, General Agricultural Workers Union; and Mr. Papi-Paulo Zigah, Director of International Operations, Future Careers Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency