As Ghana’s representative of the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Education Minister, Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh, has addressed fellow representatives on Ghana’s educational policy position in France.
He set out Ghana’s proposal to upgrade the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) of the University of Cape Coast to a category II status.
This is in line with UNESCO’s collective efforts to achieve the UN’s Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) 4 .
According to him, the IEPA intends to expand its work of educational planning and research, policy formulation and training for educational leadership to the West Africa region and beyond.
The government, he said, will contribute a total of $3.4 million annually towards the operations of both the proposed IEPA Centre and the AIMS – Ghana Category II Institute under the auspices of UNESCO.
The Education Minister called on all member states to support this proposed initiative which will transform educational planning and address human resource and systems needs of countries in the region.
As a strong advocate of the basic sciences, Ghana participated in the observation of the first global celebration of International Day of Light culminating in the opening of the first Museum of Light in Ghana.
Ghana is also co-sponsors of the proposed International Day of Mathematics.
In that context, Ghana’s delegation supports the proclamation of the year 2022 as the International Year of the Basic Sciences for Development.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh, therefore, called on all member states to join in this endeavour.
He expressed Ghana’s gratitude to UNESCO and partners for the support received in the celebration of the 2019 ‘Year of Return’ in Ghana.
The ‘Year of Return’ is in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in the English Colony of Jamestown in the United States.
He added that Ghana remains committed to the ideals and vision of UNESCO as she seeks re-election to the Executive Board of the global body.