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01.06.2005 Education

High Commissioner stresses importance of education

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Accra, June 1, GNA - The importance of education for the rapid socio economic development of a country has been highlighted by Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Isaac Osei, Ghana's High Commissioner to UK has said.

In a statement issued by the Ghana High Commission in the UK, Mr Osei was quoted as saying, in line with this belief the government had since it assumed office, made human resource development the cornerstone of the nation's development agenda.

He said the government's acceptance of some of the far-reaching proposals contained in the education review committee report was indicative of its determination to bring the country's education system at par with other developed countries.

Declaring that education was the answer to all the nation's problems, Mr. Osei called on all Ghanaians irrespective of social standing and status, to ensure the highest possible education for their children.

In a speech at a special event organised in London by the Kwahu Towns Association to raise funds for the Presbyterian University, Mr. Isaac Osei praised Kwahus for embracing the appeal fund project and expressed the hope that proceeds to be realised would help transform some of the university's facilities at Abetifi.

He expressed optimism that the success of the appeal for funds would galvanise other Ghanaians to support the development of educational facilities in their communities, thus reducing the burden on the central government.

Mr. Osei said the government was determined to ensure access to education for all Ghanaians at various levels, which would not only enhance development but would give them the creative ability to examine issues critically.

"Education should open our eyes, ears and minds to enable us to be able to arm ourselves in order to discern the truth from falsehood." Mrs Ana Frimpong, Chairperson of the occasion, urged Kwahu citizens and friends of Kwahu to support the appeal funds project.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Sam Prempeh, ex-Moderator of the Presbytarian Church of Ghana, thanked citizens of Kwahu for willingly accepting to support the University project.

The fund-raising event was attended by a cross section of Ghanaians including representatives of various Kwahuman groups in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany who made generous donations to the fund.

The Kwahu University Project is expected to raise A350,000.000 made up of proceeds from the fundraising event and a levy of A320.00 each from every Kwahu citizen in the UK.