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UNESCO representative calls on Minister


The UNESCO representative to Ghana and Head of Office, Mr. Tirso Dos-Santos, has paid a visit to Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to congratulate him on his appointment and to brief him on the organisation’s programme.

According to him, UNESCO was undergoing reforms to transform its structures, announcing that the Minister is the chairperson of the Ghana Office and a member of the Executive Board. As a result, Ghana has the unique opportunity to contribute to UNESCO’S agenda.

Mr. Dos-Santos said his organisation was working on issues pertaining to girls’ education, focusing on capacity building, monitoring and evaluation.

He disclosed that UNESCO is involved with awareness creation about the need to develop a culture of peace globally, particularly the need to recognise culture as a vital ingredient in sustainable development and global citizenship.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh congratulated the Director-General of UNESCO for her unparalled stewardship to UNESCO amidst the organisation’s financial challenges.

He expressed gratitude to UNESCO for Ghana’s benefit of a $1.4 million UNESCO extra-budgetary resource funding from the government of Spain which was used for the ecological restoration of Lake Bosomtwi, which has eventually been passed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Minister was also grateful to the organisation and the Chinese government for selecting Ghana to benefit from the UNESCO/HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education project, which is aimed at developing national capacities for gender-responsive education.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh implored Mr. Dos-Santos to involve the Ministry when working on the girls education strategy document.

He pledged Ghana’s continued support for UNESCO to execute its mandate since Ghana believes strongly in the importance of UNESCO’s mission.

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