Romania Pledges Support for Ghana’s fight to Eradicate Child School Drop Out Through Free SHS

Romanian’s Education Authorities have given Strong indication that they will, going forward, develop a partnership with their colleagues in the Ghanaian education system to find sustainable ways through which they can assist in the fight to eradicate child school drop outs in Ghana through Government’s Free SHS Programme.

This pledge of cooperation came up at a foundation laying meeting between Ghana’s Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, and the Minister for National Education of Romania, Valentin Popa, at the Ministry of National Education in Bucharest, Romania, as part of her three day official visit to Romania.

The Pledge and Plan

In an interview after the closed door bilateral talks, Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey observed that her meeting with the Romanian Education Minister was preliminary and that the Minister for Education in Ghana will pick it up and develop the actual modalities to make the pledge a reality.

” There emerge one interesting area of similarity which is the fact that they have a very rigorous programme to ensure that they eradicate school drop outs at the Senior High School level and that is exactly what we are trying to do in Ghana with the Free Senior High School Programme to ensure that every child in Ghana has the opportunity not to truncate his or education at the Junior High School level. So what we have done is to just lay the foundation for the Ministry of Education to take it up” the Minister said.

Potential Romanian Education in Ghana

During the deliberations, the two parties discussed the possibility of Romanian Tertiary Educational Institutions establishing their presence in Ghana. The Foreign Affairs Minister indicated that the Romanian Education Minister and his team showed great interest in investing in the Ghanaian education sector. She was hopeful that the follow  up by the Education Ministry in Ghana will yield good fruits in that regard.

‘We have our areas of competence and they have theirs as well, so we are looking at how we can cooperate in terms of exchange programmes not just for students but also for lecturers and professors. It was even mentioned that some of their Universities could set up campus in Ghana,’ the Minister emphasised.
By: Ghana/