The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso East constituency, Dr Major Ahmed Mustapha (rtd), has called for a practical paradigm shift in the educational system to make graduates self-employed.
Addressing a leadership workshop in Accra, Dr Mustapha noted that his suggestion would relieve the government of the burden of providing jobs to the teeming graduands.
80 students from 26 selected second cycle schools from the Greater Accra region are attending the three-day workshop. It was organised by the Greater Accra Regional Branch of the Ghana Youth Muslim Students Association (GYMSA) to equip them with the necessary leadership skills.
Dr Mustapha said a private sector-led economy must not be mere rhetoric, “this should reflect in what we teach right from the basic school to tertiary level.”
He said: “Once you complete schooling, the only place to work is not in government or public cycle, working in the private sector is as good as contributing to the national agenda,” he said.
He said statistics available showed that quite a number of Ghanaians were engaged in the private sector and were doing well to improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
Dr Mustapha said as Ghanaians, they were lucky to have been united in diversity, adding: “let this diversity be our strength and let us resolve to push the country forward.”
He advised the students to portray the virtues of Islam by being truthful, honest, humble, sincere, disciplined in all their endeavours in order to become good leaders in their communities and in public life.
Dr Mustapha touched on the girl-child, noting that the development of the girl-child was relevant to Islam, adding the Prophet Mohammed entrusted a lot of responsibilities to women because they played important roles in holding the religion together.
The Greater Accra Regional President of GYMSA, Mr Kamal Mohammed, said survey among Muslim students showed lack of leadership skills among them, hence the need for the workshops.
He said the Muslim communities needed good leadership skills to move their communities and the nation forward and urged parents to inculcate in their wards leadership skills.
Source: The Ghanaian Times