By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo

As part of effort to help enhance quality education in the country, Baraka Policy Institute organized a day seminar which brought together stakeholders in the educational sector in order to cross-fertilized ideas and also to suggest concrete ideas that will help address the challenges hampering teaching and learning in the country.

UntitledSpeaking at the seminar which was held in Accra, the President of Baraka Policy Institute Mr. Alhassan Andani, noted that the Institute is a think tank established in January, 2014 with a special focus on promoting social justice and national development through advocacy and
research.
This he said, their core areas of advocacy are education with emphasis on access, quality and relevance as well as the promotion of the overall wellbeing of Ghanaians especially the vulnerable and the marginalized of the society.

According to him, education is the bedrock for national development; it is this regard the institute is working tirelessly to ensure that quality education is being made available to all Ghanaian children irrespective of where they might found themselves.

” It is through education that the daughter of the ‘trotro’ driver can become an architect , engineer , a scholar or a lawyer” he noted

He said to achieve all these , the child must be given equal opportunity and access to quality education that would enable he/she to attain such social mobility.

“Our intervention in these matters is to draw attention to the important details that might have escaped the attention of the government and policy makers. We will do this by offering suggestions and alternatives ideas which we hope will feed into government policy”
he said.
The Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education Professor Mahama Duwiejua, averred that the importance of higher education, especially for African countries, cannot be overemphasized.
This he said Ghana shared growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) which aims at transforming the economy through industrialization, especially manufacturing, based modernized agriculture and sustainable exploitation of the country’s natural resources.

According to him, the noble aspiration will remain an intention on paper if the people are not trained, mostly from higher education institutions with the appropriate knowledge and skills to transform the economy.

“These are the people who can lead the technological transformation and economic development. We cannot develop economically by depending on sales of raw cocoa beans timber, minerals and now Oil- knowledge drives economic growth” he stressed.

According to him, Countries that have invested in their scientific and technological capabilities have reaped great benefit in industrial
growth.

Adding that, a country that fails to develop its people intellectually is opting out the development race.

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