Ghana’s Education Minister Hon. Yaw Osei Adutwum has inspected school buildings in the UAE since they are known for some of the world’s best architecture. This forms part of his 3day working day visit to the United Arab of Emirates.
The team was received by the leadership of Varkey Foundation; Dino Varkey and Jay Varkey.
In his welcome address, the CEO of Varkey Foundation, Dino Varkey expressed gratitude to the Hon. Adutwum and Ghana’s delegation for the visit.
Hon. Adutwum’s visit was amongst other things to respond to an invitation from the Varkey Foundation to observe and discuss school infrastructural planning, design, construction and maintenance.
According to Ghana’s Education Minster, it is his firm belief that Ghana needs to move away from the routine rectangular structures for our school buildings and explore other cost effective yet built-to-last, multipurpose and ultramodern structures.
He also provided a summary of progress over the past four years and highlighted the priorities in education over the next four years, to include Leadership and Management Training, Operationalization of new STEM Schools as well as Technology Integration for Teacher Professional Development.
The leadership of Varkey Foundation pledged their support in the conduct of a webinar on School Leadership. They also expressed their readiness to do a presentation on IT Support for our STEM Schools, based on their new IT platform. They discussed the importance of adopting an English Language acquisition and development strategy to help remove key bottlenecks which impedes improvement in learning.
This meeting goes a long way to strengthen the already existing camaraderie between Ghana’s Education Ministry and the Varkey Foundation through Plan International.
The delegation that joined the Education Minister were Mr. Enoch H. Cobbinah; Reform Coordinator, NERS, Solomon Tesfamariam; Plan International, Country Director, Muniratu Issifu; Plan International, Director of Partnerships, Mr. Daniel Agyare-Dwete; special assistant to the Minister, Mrs.Catherine Appiah Pinkrah ; Director GA, Ministry of Education, Dr. Hilda Haggar Ampadu; Executive Secretary NaSIA, Nii Quarcoopome; FPMU.