The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ghana, Irchad Razaaly, has called for national education to focus on developing attitudes, skills and knowledge to enable system products to make informed decisions for their own benefit and that of their communities.
He commended the government for the efforts made so far to transform education in Ghana and pledged EU support in this regard.
Mr. Razaaly made the call when he addressed a networking event at the European Union Embassy in Accra last Thursday to promote the European Union-Ghana partnership on higher education.
The event brought together members of the European Union, representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations, former beneficiaries of Erasmus+ scholarships , student organizations and representatives of various universities.
He explained that “learning in centers of excellence in the European Union represents a huge opportunity for young people”.
The EU Ambassador encouraged more students and universities to join the Erasmus+ network and seize the exciting new opportunities offered by the new phase of the programme.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, for his part, commended the EU for supporting the country’s development, particularly in the education sector.
He announced that achieving the gross enrollment rate target of 40% by 2030 required the collective effort of all national education sectors and stakeholders.
The Minister of Education explained that although it was President Akufo-Addo who spearheaded the achievement of the 40% GTER, “there was a need for all education stakeholders in the country to contribute their quota to achieving the goal that could propel our development”. agenda”.
Dr Adutwum announced that from the next academic year, the country would start using the German dual education system which allowed students to study in school and also engage in industrial attachment alongside of different schedules.
This, he said, would ensure that “students acquire the right skills needed before graduating from technical and vocational institutions across the country.”
He said that every effort was being made to ensure good collaboration between industry and academia in view of the adoption of the dual student training system.
About the Erasmus+ scholarship
Erasmus+ is the EU’s largest flagship initiative to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.
Created in 1987, Erasmus+ has enabled the mobilization of more than four million students and staff from all over the world to Europe. Between 2004 and 2021, around 1,200 students and staff moved from Ghana to Europe on a short-term basis and nearly 400 students benefited from scholarships for joint master’s degrees.
Through a bottom-up program with annual calls for proposals, Erasmus+ offers a range of opportunities that have an international dimension, both exchanges and youth empowerment through education.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Erasmus and the launch of the new phase of the programme: Erasmus+ 2021-2027.
This represents an exceptional opportunity to highlight the successful partnership between the EU and Ghana in the field of education and to discuss the potential of an ambitious new partnership offered by Erasmus+.