Africa’s participation in the 4th industrial revolution requires education reforms and shared learning – Dr Bawumia
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia
African countries need to learn from each other and the rest of the world, especially in education and skills acquisition, to prepare themselves adequately for the changing dynamics of the fourth industrial revolution, said the vice-president. President Mahamudu Bawumia.
Speaking at a World Bank Education Ministerial Meeting for West and Central Africa in Accra on Monday, Dr Bawumia said that while individual countries were putting in place education reforms education, collaboration would increase the rate of adoption of these reforms and have a greater effect on their quest to build a strong human resource base.
“We will not be able to bring about change without creating and maintaining political momentum in the region. In many countries in the region, more efforts are needed to streamline the governance of education systems in order to achieve greater great coherence, cooperation and coordination.
“Indeed, the relationship between socio-economic development and human capital is critical and Ghana’s policies on education access, quality, equity, relevance, skills acquisition and Education financing reflect how Ghana uses education as a lever for human capital development and socio-economic transformation,” he pointed out.
The meeting, which brought together ministers of finance and education from 22 countries representing West and Central Africa, will discuss the main findings of the West and Central Education Strategy for World Bank Africa 2022-2025, articulated around the strategic themes of finance and governance, addressing learning poverty and basic skills, technical and vocational education and training, and higher education and skills.
It will also create an education coalition and movement for increased focus on quality education to promote human capital in the West and Central Africa region and call for action from finance and education ministers.
Presenting a long list of ongoing reforms in the education sector in Ghana, ranging from the revision of the pre-tertiary education curriculum, to the reform of secondary education focusing on access to free high school, to the creation of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) and TVET Service to operationalize the TVET space, raising the minimum qualification of teachers from diploma to diploma as well as providing of access to funding for higher education in Ghana through the ‘non-guarantor policy’, Vice President Bawumia called for the cross-pollination of ideas on ways to further improve these reforms.
“As is the case with several other countries in West and Central Africa, Ghana has introduced several key policies and reforms to strengthen the quality and management of education across the education sector. …Ghana’s education reform agenda can benefit from collaboration and synergy with our regional partners and this is what this conference must explore to spur the collective growth of the continent because, as has been said one day Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.
Congratulating Ghana on the successes recorded so far in its education reforms, World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa, Ousmane Diagana, said the education strategy 2022-2025 was designed to meet the needs of the continent’s youth, and ensured his organization’s continued support for reducing learning poverty – the proportion of 10-year-old children unable to read and understand a short text.