The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that his government is determined to ensure that Ghana’s youth acquire skills that would put them at par with their peers anywhere in the world.
According to him, the 21stcentury is both competitive and a century of science and technology stressing that the youth in the country must be educated and equipped with the requisite skills to enable them compete in today’s world.
Delivering an address at the inaugural inter-generational dialogue in Accra on Monday, May 6 , he said “today, in Ghana, I am delighted to be able to say that education in the public sector is now free from Kindergarten to Senior High School, with the adoption of my government’s Free Senior High School policy.”
Investments in Ghana’s educational system, according to him, are a key priority for his government and has ensured that a third of the nation’s budget is dedicated to educating young people.
He told the gathering that a new standards-based curriculum, which has mathematics, science, reading, writing, and creativity at its core, is being rolled out from kindergarten to Class 6 in primary schools this year.
“All is set for the construction of 21 state-of-the-art Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Centres this year in the regions of the country. Ten Science, Technology, Engineering andMathematics (STEM) centers are also being built around the country to provide support for the introduction of STEM into basic education, after the completion of a successful pilot phase,” he added.
The Accra dialogue is the first of one hundred inter-generational dialogues to be held in one hundred cities across the world, to establish a platform for the youth to interact with leaders, to reach a consensus on the best approach towards developing our respective countries, to bring the views of the youth to bear on developmental issues, and to help create a better and prosperous future for us all.
President Akufo-Addo was firm in his conviction that of the urgent, critical need to involve young people in decisions that affect them, adding that “we cannot talk about sustainable development without the active involvement of youth.”