|Chinese Government to build three model schools for Ghana|
The Chinese Government is to build three model basic schools in three regions of Ghana to prompt quality education.
The schools would be set up at Assin Nkran in the Central Region, Weijia in the Greater Accra Region and Mpohor in the West Region.
Mr. Wang Lushan, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, made this known at a sod-cutting ceremony at Assin Nkran in the Assin South District of the Central Region to symbolically commence work on the three projects.
He said the projects were part of follow-up activities of the Beijing Summit of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation held in 2006, which, he said, agreed to strengthen co-operation between China and Ghana in all fields including education.
Mr. Wang said two Chinese teachers would be also dispatched to the University of Ghana to support the teaching of the Chinese languages.
He said more than 300 Ghanaian professionals and officials would attend various training courses in China this year while 52 students had also been awarded scholarships to study in China next academic year.
He noted that other areas of co-operation between the two countries included the Bui Dam Project, Office structure for the Ministry of Defence and the Kumasi Youth Cntre, adding that all these were moving on smoothly.
He said by the end of this year, senior agriculture experts, a medical team and youth volunteers would be in the country to render services to the country and expressed the hope that co-operation would further grow in the years ahead.
The Minister of Education, Sport and Science, Prof. Dominic Fobih, said the government recognized that education was the single most significant avenue that would propel the drive for growth and development.
He said to this end the government had put in place the new educational system that was tailored to produce highly skilled, technologically advanced and dynamic workforce required to carry through the nation's development agenda.
Prof. Fobih said the ministry had put in place relevant initiatives meant to create and improve access to education at all levels through the expansion and improvement of physical and academic infrastructure.
He said the construction of the model schools was evidence that the government was committed to an inclusive educational strategy, which aimed at the development of the Ghanaian child from the early years through the formal school level and thanked the Chinese government for the gesture.
The District Chief Executive, Ms. Millicent Kuranchie, said the School Feeding Programme had significantly increased enrolment at the basic level, adding that the school had come at an opportune time to help ease pressure on educational infrastructure in the area.
Source: Shirley Asiedu-Addo, Assin Nkran, Daily Graphic