KETABUSCO boys sensitised on mental health

Boy students of Keta Business College (KETABUSCO) have been educated on healthy emotional management to ensure their mental health, an essential to their overall well-being.

This has become important because boys often faced societal pressures to exhibit toughness even in their vulnerable moments, which could potentially worsen their feelings of anger and aggression (which are issues of mental health).

The education forms part of activities in the school to mark the 2024 World Day of the Boy Child themed: ‘Cool Boys; Teaching Boys How to Manage Anger and Aggression.’

The event, organised by the Girls’ Education Unit of the Keta Municipal Education Directorate with support from Madam Matilda Dzotepe, Headmistress, and the staff of KETABUSCO, saw the boys walk through the principal streets of Keta carrying placards to raise awareness of the day.

A team from the Mental Health Unit of the Keta Municipal Hospital led by Mr Edem Afagbedzi took the boys through topics including understanding anger and aggression
and anger management strategies such as emotional awareness and expression, and developing coping mechanisms, to support them.

Mr Kenneth Blewudzi, Officer in Charge of Basic Schools at the Keta Municipal Education Directorate stressed the relevance of the theme for this year’s observance saying, aggression, if not well managed could have long-term implications like failed relationships, violent behaviours and mental problems.

He advised the participants to identify themselves, take these skills seriously and apply them to achieve their goals as students in school and for the benefit of their future.

Some of the students, touched by the messages from the various speakers, resolved to make the necessary changes to help them navigate the challenges of growing up in a complex world, where boys/men must not exhibit signs of vulnerability with others pledging to rededicate their time for the very purpose for their being in school.

Master Andy Nii Abbey, Assistant School Prefect, KETABUSCO in his vote of thanks
said they needed more of this programme during their time in school to shape them into responsible adults who their families and society would be proud of.

Madam Aurelia Tudzi, Girls’ Education Officer, Keta Municipal Education Directorate in an interview with Ghana News Agency said the event had been successful as the aim for its organisation was achieved.

‘We wanted at least one student should in future say, because of this day, he learnt something and changed from his old way(s). And from what the students themselves have said, we more than achieved our aim. A student said his academic performance has been on a downward trend because he’s joined a group of boys interested in sports betting and promised to change.’

The Girls’ Education Officer explained why she led the charge in organising an event for boys saying, ‘our vision is for all Ghanaian girl children and their brothers – the boys… So, we must care about their education as well.’

World Day of the Boy Child, founded in 2018 by Dr Jerome Teelucks
ingh in Trinidad and Tobago and observed every May 16, seeks to celebrate the contributions of boys as well as address their silent struggles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rainstorm damages Hohoe E.P. Senior High School building

A rainstorm on Thursday, May 16, caused serious damage to buildings and other facilities of the Hohoe E.P Senior High School (HEPSS) in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region.

The school’s garage, boys’ and girls’ dormitory, classroom blocks, school’s clinic, maintenance shed, siren and polytanks were among the damaged properties.

Madam Olivia Afua Agbezuge, Assistant Headmistress, Administration, briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after a tour of some damaged properties, said trees also fell as a result of the rainstorm but they were lucky no casualty was recorded.

She said the situation had plunged the institution into lights out since the incident until the time of the visit, adding that there were no preps for students in the evening.

‘Some classrooms are still dark and some students with eye problems find it difficult to learn under the present condition. Even teachers are affected because some of them have to use light during the day in their lessons.’

Madam Agbezuge said the siren, being the
source of information to students, had also been down which inhibited movement of students on their schedules.

She called for individuals and organisations for the school since they were now in danger.

The GNA has also learnt that water supply to the school, which is hinged on electricity power, could be affected.

Mr Foster Agbotse, Board Chairman of the School, after assessing the extent of damage, told GNA that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had been on the campus and it was the hope that power would be restored as soon as possible.

He said the security of the school was key and the breakdown of the siren was affecting the control of students although the school cadet came in handy.

Mr Agortse noted that if power was not restored, access to water would be a difficult situation to handle.

He noted that there was no plant to power the school and appealed to the Ministry of Education, old students, the church and philanthropists to help the school.

Mr Agotse said the dilapidated nature of the cl
assrooms affected needed urgent attention from government.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2024 National Global Action Education Week launched at Winneba

The Ghana Education Service (GES) remains committed to collaborating closely with its partners to foster synergy and learn from one another as well as share best practices towards a common vision of quality education for all persons in the Country.

Mr Emmanuel Essuman, Central Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), gave the assurance in an address he delivered on behalf of the Director-General of GES, Dr Eric Nkansah, at the launch of the 2024 National Global Action Week for Education, organised by Ghana National Education Campaign (GNECC) at Winneba.

The Global theme for the celebration is: ‘Transformative Education, and the national theme is, ‘ Strengthening the structures for Transformative Education.’

Among stakeholders in education who attended the function were basic and Senior High School students, Effutu Municipal Education Directorate officials, Teachers and Parents.

Mr Essuman stated that the event marked an important milestone in collective efforts at improving education in Gha
na and to promote collaboration between valued partners, adding that the themes for this year’s celebration was consistent with building a 21st-century education system to deliver improved learning outcomes to benefit all children of school-going age without discrimination in the country.

‘I am excited that this year’s celebration will complement on-gong government efforts to improve learning outcomes through improved and strengthened management structures’, he stated.

He applauded the GNECC for organising and bringing all the stakeholders together to deliberate on the issues, and also extended appreciation to the participants for their significant support and commitment to education in the country, particularly at the pre-tertiary level.

According to him, the Global Action Week for Education represented a significant investment in the country’s educational system, with focus on emphasising the importance of strengthening education management systems for educational transformation.

He urged all and sundry
to continue to assist in improving learning outcomes and ensure that every child in Ghana obtained quality education, no matter their geographical location.

‘Together we can create an educational landscape that prepares our students to thrive, excel and contribute towards the development of our great Nation, Ghana,’ he added.

Students in Effutu municipality in a statement called for a safer environment, enlightenment and development through education.

They said in strengthening the structures for transformative education and to improve gender access to inclusive education, there was the need for provision of textbooks to basic schools, provision of Information, Communication Technology, (ICT) tools, construction of accommodation for teachers among others.

‘We the students in Winneba are calling on education stakeholders to come to our aid to particularly renovate the existing classroom blocks to a standardised one and also help upgrade our ICT structure at the foundation level.’

‘Extend the help to all s
chools in Effutu with a focus on innovation and sustainable approaches to education, to drive societal change,’ he added.

The Effutu Municipal Education Directorate, Associates for Change, Action AID, GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU, Challenging Heights, Star Ghana foundation, Sabre Education, OXFAM and Right to Play are partners of GNECC who presented solidarity messages .

Mr Joseph Atsu Homadzei, National Chairman of GNECC, who launched the week, called for concerted efforts by all to augment government’s commitment at strengthening the structures for transformative education in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Deloitte Ghana promotes literacy education to mark Volunteer Day

Deloitte Ghana, as part of its volunteer day, embarked on an educational outreach to selected basic schools in Accra to inspire the students to take their lessons seriously.

The staff of Deloitte Ghana interacted with the students and engaged them in reading skills to inspire them to aim high in their career paths.

The gesture is part of Deloitte Africa’s journey to redefine corporate volunteerism in Africa, in which its executive committee adopted a volunteer policy that permits their staff to dedicate up to 40 hours annually to deserving causes.

The schools are Kotobabi Cluster of Schools, Adabraka Cluster of Schools, and Accra Newtown Cluster of Schools.

Mr Daniel Kwadwo Owusu, Country Managing Partner of Deloitte Ghana, speaking with students of the Kotobabi Cluster of Schools in Accra, underscored the importance of education to national development.

The initiative, he said, was part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility to achieve Sustainable Development Goal four, ensure Inclusive and Equit
able Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All.

‘Education starts with literacy, we are here to empower the students to read and learn to develop themselves,’ he said.

Education, Mr Owusu stated, was key to eradicating poverty in communities, hence the need to foster a culture of reading among the learners to improve learning outcomes.

He said the firm had collaborated with Spring-Up Global Network, an NGO under Deloitte’s WorldClass Programme to construct eight libraries across the country to improve reading habits among the students.

Mr Owusu emphasised the importance of technical and vocational education to enhance the skills set of students to be productive in the work environment.

He called for collaboration with the country’s educational system and industry to make the curriculum fit for purpose and meet industry needs.

Madam Abena Biney, Chief Sustainability Officer for Deloitte West Africa, said 7,000 employers of the firm’s in Africa were embarking on the educational
journey to assist students to tackle difficult subjects.

She said the firm, over the years, had contributed effectively through the donation of learning materials to promote literacy in the communities.

Mr Augustus Owusu Agyemfra, Municipal Director of Education, Ayawaso Central, commended the firm’s laudable initiative, adding that the Ghana Education Service policy on early literacy intervention, among others, had helped improve education in the country.

He appealed to the firm to assist the school in modernising its uncompleted library structure to serve the needs of the students.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NaCCA to embark on media workshop on Secondary Education Curriculum

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCa) under the Ministry of Education will hold a two-day seminar with selected media personnel across the country.

The event, to be held at Volta Serene Hotel in the Volta Region from May 14 to 15, would, among other things, solicit inputs into the Secondary education curriculum.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Reginald George Quartey, Acting Director, Curriculum on behalf of Professor Edward Appiah, Director General for NaCCA.

The statement indicated among other things that the reforms aimed to ensure that all secondary education graduates have the skills and competencies to progress and succeed in further studies, the world of work, and adult life.

‘As part of the curriculum development process, NaCCA wishes to engage journalists and media personnel to solicit inputs into the secondary education curriculum.’

The statement further revealed that NaCCA has initiated discussions around the development of a 3-year senior education curricul

It said it was in line with the National Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum Framework and the National Teachers Standards, following the development of the standard-based curriculum for basic schools.

‘The Ministry of Education is embarking on a set of reforms to secondary education, building upon the gains in access brought about through the Free SHS and improving quality and relevance,’ it added.

The event would host several media practitioners including Morning Show hosts and Education Desk editors among others across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prices of books to increase by 40 per cent next month

The Ghana Publishers Association (GPA) has announced that book prices will increase by 40 per cent effective June 1, 2024.

The association put the increase on the ‘difficult business environment’ and the 27.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) levied on a list of materials imported into the country to ‘support education, culture and lifestyles.’

Addressing the press in Accra on Tuesday, Mr Asare Konadu Yamoah, President GPA, said ‘exchange rate instability’ and the ‘blanket imposition’ of the tax was detrimental to their business.

He said though the VAT was to support the printing of books locally, it had not reduced importation and the cost of books in the country.

Mr Yamoah said that local publishers still needed to import some books that could not be printed in the country; therefore, the tax on local and foreign publications was unfavourable.

‘Most of the books for technical and vocational education, books for tertiary education and books to support the development of reading culture are mostly imported
and cannot be printed locally as they are not published in the country.

‘Therefore, categorising all of them and those that are indigenously published and printed overseas and imposing a blanket VAT to the levels currently being charged cannot be justified,’ he stated.

The Association, therefore, urged the government to reconsider the tax policy on books to ease the burden on parents and educational service providers.

Mr Yamoah noted that local book printing firms needed more incentives to remain competitive instead of the government imposing ‘huge taxes’ on books printed overseas.

‘…Taxes on printing inputs which are all imported have to be removed. Credit for the purchase of printing inputs should be favourable.

‘Even though the cost of importation has gone up, importers of printed books are likely to still import as the cost of importation will still be cheaper than the local printing,’ he stated.

The publishers said the association was willing to dialogue with the relevant government agencies on the
matter, but that until such a conversation was initiated, book prices would have to be raised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CCTU admits first batch of postgraduate students after 40 years

The Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has officially admitted its first batch of postgraduates for its new Master of Technology in Construction and Management programme after 40 years of providing technical education.

The school concurrently admitted its second batch of postgraduate students, numbering eight, for its Master of Technology in Civil Engineering programme at a brief ceremony at the university’s premises.

The postgraduates, 29 in all are all men.

Professor Kwaku Adutwum Ayim Boakye, Vice Chancellor of the university, indicated that the feat was a testament to the institution’s sustained progress and advancement in the fields of construction technology and management, and civil engineering.

He noted that the programmes had been designed to equip the students with the relevant contemporary knowledge, skills, and expertise through a combination of rigorous coursework, practical training, and real-world experiences.

He admitted that there was stiff competition from other institutions as the
programmes were not new in Ghana and acknowledged the need to introduce unique knowledge and skill sets to set their students apart on the job market and as entrepreneurs.

He, therefore, charged the academic directors of the programmes to infuse soft skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity into the curriculum to make the students competitive.

Prof Boakye said the postgraduate students were considered the primary source of expertise for future academic positions in CCTU and should therefore adopt an entirely different mindset.

He encouraged them to embrace every opportunity for growth, challenge themselves to reach new heights, and keep focused on their goals and aspirations.

He cautioned that postgraduate training was not just an upgrade of undergraduate work but a transformational experience to refine their thought process and value system.

‘Seeing postgraduate as merely a higher level of undergraduate academic work is therefore not only narrow but mediocre.

‘We th
erefore expect you to be well-rounded not only in your academic work but in your social relations, diplomacy, your dressing, your values, your speech and thought patterns. You must set yourselves as apart as a special breed of students,’ he said.

The Vice Chancellor assured the students of a supportive and inclusive system which would guide, mentor, and empower them every step of the way to ensure they excelled academically, professionally, and personally.

Some of the students shared their reasons for enrolling on the programme with the Ghana News Agency.

Mr Gabriel Nyope, Master of Technology in Construction and Management student, explained that he signed up for the postgraduate programme to enhance his employability after several failed attempts to find job after school.

‘My motive is to become a lecturer in this school because this is my Alma Mater and so I wish to learn and prepare so that when there is any opportunity, I can be picked,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Youth receive mentorship training to advance their career in journalism

A total of 53 young media students from some tertiary institutions and other youth groups in Tamale, have participated in a mentorship programme targeted at enhancing their professional capacity on ethical media reportage.

The programme attracted some media and communication students from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Nyankpala Campus; Tamale Technical University (TaTU), Institute of Business Management and Journalism, Tamale Learning Centre (IBM and J – TLC), Oxford School of Journalism and other young people from Activista Ghana, among others.

They participated in an eight-week long intensive coaching and mentorship training under some renowned and experienced media practitioners in the region on news broadcasting, reporting, production, graphic designing, editing, photography and videography.

The training was facilitated by Media Mentor Academy, an NGO committed to equipping young media professionals to become responsible and ethical practitioners, and supported by Twillium Industrial Co
mpany Limited, Indomie, Promasidol Ghana, amongst others.

The event was to climax the training of beneficiaries under its cohort two programme on the theme: ‘Empowering Truth: Elevating Ethical Journalism Across Northern Region.’

Ms Aisha Mohammed, the Executive Director of Media Mentor Academy, said it was meant to celebrate the resilience, dedication and achievement of the participants and reflect on the prospects and challenges in the quest to promote excellence and impactful journalism.

She said, ‘The training has been incredible, with moments of triumph and challenges that tested our resolve. We have seen participants excel in their projects, demonstrated exceptional skills, among others.’

Ms Mohammed said the Media Mentor Academy was committed to harnessing the journalistic prowess of the youth and urged beneficiaries to put into practice the skills acquired for maximum impact on communal development.

Ms Abdul – Samed Khadija, the Gender and Communication Officer for the Savannah Women and Integrat
ed Development Agency (SWIDA – GH), an NGO, highlighted the importance of fact checking and verification by practitioners, adding that it was the backbone of ethical and responsible journalism.

She said media practitioners must endeavour to ensure accuracy and truthfulness in channeling out information to the public to avoid incidences of attacks on media houses and practitioners.

Ms Khadija appealed to owners of media houses to prioritise investment in the training of their employees, especially in the run up to the Election 2024 to ensure fair, balanced, and accurate reportage.

Mr Abdul-Muhsin Mohammed Saani, the Executive Director of Empowerment Centre for Peace Building, said ethical journalism plaid a key role in promoting peaceful coexistence and sustainable development.

He urged them to use the knowledge acquired to advocate for peace and justice, community development and the general wellbeing of Ghanaians.

Ms Hamdiya Abubakar, a beneficiary of the training, commended Media Mentor Academy, and it
s partners for investing in the participants’ growth and development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Collapse of Zamboree school building: 20 pupils narrowly escape death

Twenty pupils of Zamboree D/A Basic School in the Assin North District of the Central Region narrowly escaped death following the collapse of their school building during a rainstorm on Monday.

The heart-rending incident befell the pupils in the farming community at about 0900 hours when classes were in session.

The structure, built with mud and supported by wood hung loosely, exposing the children to the vagaries of the weather.

Opinion leaders in the community and surrounding areas have for many years appealed to the government for support to no avail.

Mr Jacob Tetteh Agbeko, the School Management Committee Chairman (SMC), told the Ghana News Agency that pupils in Classes Two and Three were the only pupils affected.

He said the building had, for years, been in a dilapidated state due to neglect and the situation was exacerbated by the onset of the rain, opening more cracks and weakening the structure.

As a result, the SMC Chairman said when the teachers observed the danger associated with the windstor
m, they instructed the pupils to leave their classes and immediately after, the building collapsed trapping their books and bags.

At the moment, various classes have been combined to accommodate the affected pupils.

He, therefore, called for urgent assistance from the government, the District Assembly and corporate Ghana, to as a matter of urgency support the school.

Some parents and pupils appealed to the government to complete an abandoned six-unit classroom block which started in 2013.

They said the abandoned building has been left to rot in the bush, making it a prime habitat for reptiles and other creeping animals, endangering the pupils.

Mr Thomas Yogarim, the Assemblyman for the area, said the National Disaster Management Organisation and the District Assembly had been informed, and that they were waiting for assessment and assistance.

Source: Ghana News Agency