Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia

African countries must learn from each other and the rest of the world, specifically in education and skills acquisition, to prepare adequately for the changing dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.

Speaking at a World Bank-organised Ministerial Meeting on Education for West and Central Africa in Accra on Monday, Dr Bawumia said while individual countries were rolling out educational reforms, collaboration would scale up the rate of adoption of such reforms and have a greater effect on their quest to build a strong human resource base.

“We will not be able to deliver change without building and sustaining political momentum in the region. In many of the region’s countries, more efforts are needed to rationalize the governance of education systems to achieve greater coherence, cooperation and coordination.

“Indeed, the relationship between socioeconomic development and human capital is critical and Ghana’s policies on education access, quality, equity, relevance, skills acquisition and education financing reflect how Ghana is using 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 key findings of the World Bank Africa Western and Central Education Strategy 2022-2025, framed around the strategic themes of finance and governance, tackling learning poverty and foundational skills, technical vocational education and training, and tertiary education and skills.