Accelerate TVET transformation — CSOs, FOSDA
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Foundation for Security Development in Africa (FOSDA) have called on the government to make technical vocational education and training (TVET) affordable and accessible to the youth across the country.
They believe that in spite of the current economic challenges, the government had to make investment in TVET a priority.
They made the call during the National Youth Technical Vocational Education and Training forum held recently at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
The forum was organised by the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) with the support of Oxfam and funding from DANIDA.
It was attended by representatives of youth groups, CSOs, government officials, TVET schools and other stakeholders.
The one-day event involved presentations, panels and plenary discussions.
The forum reviewed the implementation of Ghana's five-year strategic plan (2017-2022) and FOSDA’s report on the My TVET, My Report project, a youth-led monitoring of TVET schools nationwide.
The report focused on accessibility and participation, quality, infrastructure financing, and Adaptation of Green TVET.
The panel discussions explored the views and experiences of participants on the reforms of the TVET sector in the last five years
The communique issued after the event and signed by the Executive Director for FOSDA, Theodora W. Anti, called on the government to upgrade all existing TVET institutions across the country with state-of-the-art facilities such as practical rooms and laboratories within the shortest time possible.
“Make TVET more affordable and accessible to the youth by the free TVET funding structure to accommodate the realistic cost of practical work. Adopt and develop green TVET programmes and teaching methodologies.
“Strengthen the coordination and collaboration between TVET institutions and employers. Develop systems for consistently monitoring TVET institutions to enhance the culture of maintenance and sustainability of reforms,” she said.
Ms Anti said further that the government, through the Minister of Education, must develop more programmes and expand support for youth start-ups in the TVET sector
"Motivate industry players with tax incentives to support the TVET sector.
Increase domestic investment in TVET through the dedication of 30 per cent of the Communication Service Tax from the youth bracket and five per cent of the oil revenue from the education share of the Annual Budget Funding Amount to fund TVET education, particularly infrastructure, including accommodation, laboratory and tools,” it added.