A twelve-member Sierra Leonean delegation early this week visited Ghana’s Education Ministry to interact, share ideas and exchange notes on best practices for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
The delegation led by the Sierra Leone Minister for Education in charge of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr David Moinina Sengeh, also met the leadership of the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Teaching Council (NTC), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NACCA) and National School Inspectorate Authority (NASIA) with coordinating effort from Right To Play International (RTP), a child-centred International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
The Sierra Leonean delegation that spent four days in the country was accompanied by a nine-by-member team from Right To Play, which is currently supporting education development in some African countries.
Purpose of visit
The visit to the country and the interaction between the two countries was aimed at promoting integrated play-based learning to improve foundational skills and learning outcomes of students at the basic school level.
It was also aimed at comparing the education systems of the two countries and picking the best practices from them for the development of the other country.
Speaking during a meeting at the Education Ministry, the Sierra Leonean Minister for Education, Dr David Moinina Sengeh commended Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum for his effort at getting the best education for the people of Ghana.
Again, he was particularly happy with the ongoing educational development in the country which would soon position the country to be among the countries with the best education system in Africa and the rest of the world.
He recounted the relationship between the two countries which have similarities in their education system such as the Free Senior High School in Ghana which is similar to the Free Basic School Education in Sierra Leone.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on his part welcomed the delegation to the country and pledged to open his doors to them at all times and enumerated the various interventions the country was rolling out to transform the economy through education.
He mentioned the introduction of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) among others as the focus of the government describing the current effort as a ‘common sense’ reform for the 21st-century education to transform the nation.
He praised the RTP for facilitating the meeting between the two countries as it would help improve education development between the two countries.
Dr Adutwum was full of praise to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his support towards the education development in the country.
He pledged to do his best to position Ghana as among the nations with the best education in the continent as well as help improve the nation’s economy through training graduates with the right skills to meet the current needs of the country.
The Sierra Leone delegation and their Ghanaian counterpart later visited some Basic Schools in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality to look at some developments in the schools.
During the tour of the schools they monitored various methods of teaching, and resources for teaching and learning that have been provided by Right To Play towards making teaching and learning so easy for both teachers and the learners