The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) organized a working session on greening TVET for the heads of Technical and Vocational Institutes (TVIs) in Accra.
The workshop brought together 40 heads of TVIs to discuss the challenges and opportunities in practising Greening in TVET Institutions to enable them to develop Institutional Greening Plans (IGP).
What is greening TVET?
The greening TVET is new socio-economic idea and paradigm strategies of most countries specifically in Asia and the Pacific, which seeks to achieve economic development, while at the same time protecting the environment and achieving sustainable economic and social development.
It is one of the major pillars under the 5-year Strategic Plan for TVET Transformation.
In his opening remarks, the Acting Director-General of CTVET, Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, underscored the importance of strengthening the awareness and knowledge on greening to prepare learners for emerging jobs and the new opportunities that transitioning to a green economy will create.
"We need to train and equip these learners, our future labour force, to accept greening philosophies to change their thinking and mindset,” he said.
He charged the participants to be change agents and champion the path to “transforming the learning/training environments in their schools and the society at large, by developing and implementing effective green strategies.”
The Coordinating Lead for the Planning, Project, Research Monitoring and Evaluation (PPRME) Directorate of CTVET, Mr Samuel Thompson, in his presentation said: “There are various things we do that affect the environment negatively and these have consequences on future generations. Almost every sector has been affected by these negative practices and all the solutions to these negative practices are found in the TVET sector."
The President of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions (APTI) Mr Benjamin Adjabeng expressed satisfaction with the insights gleaned from the workshop.
“At our next meeting, we will come out with a policy that will improve upon tree planting, check erosion and encourage recycling in the schools,” he said.
The workshop explored green concepts, potential green job areas, SDGs and Greening TVET; how to green the campus, curriculum and training as well as research.