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01.07.2019 General News

MyTVET Campaign Officially Launched

Deputy Minister for Education, Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo Launches MyTVET Campaign
JUL 1, 2019 GENERAL NEWS
Deputy Minister for Education, Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo Launches MyTVET Campaign

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education have launched a campaign dubbed ‘MyTVET’ to help change negative perceptions about TVET in Ghana.

The Campaign was launched by the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET on behalf of the Minister for Education at the Accra International Conference Centre on 12th June, 2019.

MyTVET campaign launch marks a milestone in our drive to make Technical and vocational Education and Training (TVET) the bedrock of the country's educational system. The campaign will seek to raise public awareness of TVET opportunities in Ghana, particularly among youth, enhance the employability of TVET graduates, improve the capacity of management and instructors of TVET institutions and highlight the prospects of TVET as a precursor to economic development.

MyTVET campaign comprises of Career guidance and Counselling, Skills competitions, TVET roadshows, TV/Radio programs, TVET ambassadors and Role models and TVET clubs in Junior High Schools, these activities are intended to reverse the negative attitudes of society towards TVET, make TVET more attractive to the youth, thus, increase enrolment in TVET institutions in the next five years. The campaign under the theme 'skills for Jobs and National Development' is to help the country hasten its quest to be beyond aid and also reduce the rate of unemployment.

The occasion was graced by dignitaries and among them were; Hans-Helge Sander, Chargee d’affaires of Embassy Republic of Germany to Ghana, Matthias Feldmann Chargée d'affaires from the European Union in Ghana, Nana Osei Bonsu (CEO of Private Enterprise Federation), Development Partners, Executive Directors, Representatives from the Ghanaian Industries, Heads of Institutions, among others.

‘MyTVET campaign’ is a development project which is part of TVET reforms to revamp TVET in Ghana and make skills acquisition aspirational. The Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah in his welcome address, indicated that “the time has come for us to leapfrog to catchup with the rest of the world who have made TVET their first option. He said, “globally, strong emphasis is being placed on equipping learners with competitive skills to achieve the expected human capital for development and countries all over the world are turning to TVET to achieve this objective. For us in Ghana, it has become imperative to train and make available to the industry, highly skilled human resources to serve as the key drivers of the economy.”

In a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister for Education, The Minister for Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, mentioned a few things that are being addressed by Government to improve TVET. These include; improving infrastructure of TVET institutions, establishing a TVET service, Upgrading of Colleges of Education specialized in Technology, among others, just to mention a few. She also added, “Let us strive to build ourselves and add value to our skills using the Ghana TVET Voucher Project as the springboard”.

The successful outcome of the program brought forth the actualization that indeed; success is the sum of small effort day in day out. Over and above that, there was a panel discussion moderated by the Board Chairman of COTVET, Mr. Francis Awuah Kyeremateng and consisted of a delegate each from the German Embassy, Swiss Embassy as well as the Private Enterprise Federation of Ghana. The overview of this discussion was to find out if the commitment towards TVET in terms of resources, policies and work plans are enough to propel the country to become an industrial hub in West Africa.

The program surceased with an amazing and heart-warming performance of ‘Yen Ara Asaase Ni’ by, Maame Adwoa Antwiwaa through a solo performance, the whole crowd stood and yelled in agitation. It was just a wonderful performance and enough to get the crowd talking the whole day and glooming with smiles.

The campaign launch is a testament of COTVET's resolve to make TVET the first option, and to propel the country to become an industrial hub of West Africa. We at COTVET plan to make the campaign successful, impactful and would not sleep on the job after this successful launch.

We have committed resources to the implementation of the campaign, and it is our hope that together we can transform nation through TVET. This, coupled with other measures is what will help put TVET in its rightful place in the development path of our country.

LONG LIVE GHANA,

LONG LIVE TVET,

MYTVET. MY SKILLS. MY FUTURE.

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