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Spanish ambassador to Ghana pays courtesy call on the Minister for Education

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The Ambassador of Spain to Ghana, Maria J. Alonso, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in Accra today aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between Ghana and Spain.

She thanked the minister for receiving her and said a programme dubbed ‘Africa Plan’ is held twice a year but Ghana has never been part of that plan.

The ambassador also noted that Spain had not done much for the education sector except working through some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to put up teachers’ accommodation in some parts of the country and support for children in James Town, Accra to encourage them to go to school and stay there.

According to Ambassador Alonso, those who are able to complete primary school are given further support to the junior high school.

Continuing, madam Alonso said under ‘Ghana Wins’ programme, gender equality issues are discussed and scholarships for nurses and teachers  in collaboration with the University of New York, adding that about 230 Ghanaians gain admission to study in Spain every year.

 Madam Alonso disclosed that in a month’s time, she would be presiding over a meeting with her colleague Spanish ambassadors and would table any critical issues that the minister would raise for possible consideration and support.

She also promised to brief the commercial consular, who had traveled to Spain, on all the issues that her host would raise for her inputs.

Responding to her remarks, Dr. Opoku Prempeh, told his guest that leaving Ghana out of the ‘Africa Plan’ must change and the country made part.

He noted that Spain – Africa relationship was healthy but surprised that Spain was not doing much for Ghana in particular in the education sector.

According to him Ghana could be used as a showcase for Ghana –Spain relationship.

Touching on areas that Spain could be of tremendous support to Ghana, the minister said senior high, technical and vocational schools would need solar and biogas to supplement electricity supply to some of them to function effectively.

On other infrastructure projects, he told his guest that a list of schools that need that support could be made available to her, if requested for.

In that regard, he said the ministry could give her embassy details of all SHSs that need support in the areas of solar, biogas, technical and vocational teaching and learning materials for training in skills as well as youth and leadership programmes.

This, he noted, calls for partnership to allow the youth of both countries to engage in exchange programmes and pave the way for interaction.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh called on Spain to do more cultural exposition that is friendly and inclusive and not exclusive to the elite and located on university campuses.


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