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Danish gov’t supports education sector with $15m

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The Government of Denmark has provided the Ghana Government with $15 million to enhance technical and vocational education.

 The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Tove Degnbol, disclosed this when she paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in his office in Accra.

During the meeting, they discussed Danish support for Ghana government towards the education sector, particularly measures to promote informal and formal education.

Their discussions also touched on mobilizing adequate resources to give quality technical and vocational training to as many Ghanaians as possible for national development.

Ms Degnbol acknowledged that her country has over the years, shown its commitment to the development of technical and vocational training, and would continue to make funds available for that purpose.

According to her, since the establishment of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) in 2010, the Danish government had been consistent with its $15 million annual support to the government of Ghana and promised to offer similar support as the years roll by.

Ambassador Degnbol explained that the decision of her government to continue to support Ghana was based on the excellent results recorded as well as good collaboration from the Ministry of Education since the inception of the fund.

In his remarks, Dr. Opoku Prempeh expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for the visit, and thanked the Danish government for assisting Ghana with the funds.

He acknowledged that the Denmark has demonstrated that it was a reliable partner of Ghana over the years through its constant support to the education sector.

The education minister called for stronger collaboration between the two countries and assured of Ghana Government’s commitment to strengthening relationship with the Danish government.

The SDF is the creation of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), brought into being by the COTVET Act of 2008 (Act 718).

The SDF is one of a series of new mechanisms to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the TVET system and to ensure sustainable funding for TVET.

 To achieve this objective, the SDF was designed to include responsive policy, attractive governance structures, safe institutional arrangements, strong institutional capacities, systems and procedures to support life-long learning in TVET.

 


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