Ghana and the United Arab of Emirates (UAE) are to collaborate on education development and delivery for mutual benefits.
The two countries will adopt the best international learning practices in the areas of Education, technology, school leadership, accountability and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to positively transform both economies.
The move aims to ensure that the two countries benefited from the best practices from each other.
This came to light when Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, led a team from his Ministry to embark on a 3-day educational tour of the United Arab of Emirates last week.
Both countries used the tour to deepen ties and their cordial relationships.
Dr Adutwum said the trip was part of efforts to improve and strengthen Ghana’s education system by learning from international best practices.
“I must say that I am very impressed with the state of educational infrastructure in this country, ” Dr Adutwum said after he had toured some educational facilities in Dubai.
He added that “it is my firm belief that Ghana needs to move from the routine rectangular structures for our school buildings and explore other cost-effective yet built-to-last, multipurpose and ultramodern structures.”
The UAE’s Education Minister, Mr Hussein Ibrahim Al Hammadi, on his part, lauded Ghana for the effort it was making in the development of its education sector.
He pledged to collaborate with Universities in Ghana in research and training for lecturers and other staff for the mutual benefit of the two nations.
The UAE Education Minister asked Ghana to submit the educational areas it needed help to position the UAE on how best it could contribute towards the success story of transforming the country’s economy through Education.
The two education ministers promised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding soon after agreeing to areas it was ready to collaborate quickly.
The UAE is known to have some of the world’s best architecture. This makes the country the first port of call when it comes to the best schools designs as well as quality infrastructure.
These unique architectural designs and quality infrastructure attract people to copy from them and affect the output of learning in the schools since a conducive learning environment also played a crucial role in teaching and learning.
Other members of the delegation are Mr Enoch H. Cobbinah; Reform Coordinator, MOE, Mr Solomon Tesfamariam; Country Director, Plan International, Madam Muniratu Issifu; Director of Partnerships, Plan International, Mr Daniel Agyare-Dwete; Special Assistant to the Minister, Mrs Catherine Appiah Pinkrah, Director, General Administration, MOE, Dr Hilda Haggar Ampadu; Executive Secretary, National School Inspectorate Authority, (NaSIA) and Nii Quarcoo Pome; Director, Funds and Procurement Management Unit, (FPMU) at MOE among others.