|The Role of Technical and Vocational Education in the Educational System in Ghana (UNEVOC, 1994, 46 p.)|
Friendly foreign countries and international organizations which have been giving support for improving the quality of technical and vocational education in Ghana and for expanding this kind of education include the following:
a) Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, India, France and the USA.
b) The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), UNESCO, UNICEF, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UNDP, ILO, The World Bank, The African Development Bank, The British Overseas Development Administration (ODA), The British Council and the various volunteer and non-governmental organizations, e.g. Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), British Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), American Peace Corps, German Development Service Volunteers (GDS), Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), etc.
Major components of the support from these friendly foreign countries and international organizations include the following:
- overseas study touts by Principals of public technical institutions and key technical and vocational education administrators to update their knowledge of trends and practices in the technical and vocational education systems in other countries to enable them contribute more effectively to the development of technical and vocational education in Ghana;
- education and training of staff in various disciplines abroad;
- practical training in industry overseas;
- teacher education and training abroad;
- provision of equipment, spare parts, handtools, materials, books, vehicle, etc;
- rehabilitation of existing buildings and replacement of obsolete equipment;
- provision of technical advisors for some given periods to help carry out some specific projects, e.g. development of various trade syllabuses into Modules of Employable Skills (MES) based on National Occupational Skills (NOS);
- conduct of short training courses;
- organization of conferences, seminars and workshops.
Normally the support given by the above-mentioned friendly foreign countries and international organizations is co-ordinated by the International Economic Relations Division (ERD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana.
Just as the Government of Ghana enjoys support from some friendly foreign countries and international organizations in many sectors of the economy, so does it co-operate with the United Nation's High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in supporting refugees in Ghana from all over Africa as well as educating and training a large number of them in various disciplines at various levels in educational institutions in Ghana.