The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) has awarded GIZ Ghana for its overall contribution to the accomplishment of the Commission’s mandate as well as the general achievement of the National Strategic Goals of the sector set up by the government within the period under review.
GIZ Ghana through the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI), a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), has been supporting the Commission for TVET to develop and operationalize most of its programmes and interventions.
Presenting the award on behalf of the Minister of Education, the Chief Director of the Education Ministry, Benjamin Kofi Gyasi, lauded the significant contributions that GIZ Ghana has made towards the successful implementation of most of the TVET interventions implemented by the Government of Ghana through the Commission for TVET including the recently established Secretariat for the Sector Skills Bodies of Ghana.
Mr. Gyasi reiterated government’s resolve to continue to prioritize the TVET sector in its educational reforms to ensure that it becomes very attractive for young people to take up the option of TVET as a career choice.
He, therefore, called for deepened bilateral ties between GIZ and the Education Ministry through the Commission for TVET to continue to lead the way in the TVET Transformation agenda.
Receiving the award on behalf of GIZ Ghana, Country Director Madam Regina Barbosa explained that German expertise in TVET was a global known secret hence as a German Institution, GIZ Ghana is happy to continue to support the Government of Ghana to improve the TVET sector.
She explained further that GIZ through the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) has been partnering the Commission for TVET for about a decade now to help improve the conditions and structures necessary for the transformation of the sector.
Hence up to £36 million has so far been spent on the TVET sector through the GSDI project to improve various aspects of the TVET system in Ghana including improving the capacity and functioning of the Commission for TVET (then known as COTVET) as well as support various TVET training institutions across the country.
She hinted further that a new stand-alone TVET project is being designed which will be implemented up until 2026 when the current phase of the GSDI project comes to an end at the end of 2022. This will be expected to solidify the gains made by the GSDI Project.
The Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) seeks to support the Commission’s innovative approach to introduce competency-based training (CBT) standards and collaborative training models which combined both workplace-based training and school-based training modules at selected TVET providers as well as enhance skills and qualifications in Ghana.
Since its establishment in 2012, the GSDI has contributed significantly towards the achievement of the myriad of landmark transformational interventions introduced into the TVET sector within the period.
By Edmond Gyebi|Accra|Ghana