“Investing in Girls Education is the most effective measure to improve standard of living”—-Prez. Akufo Addo
Sunday March 26, 2017. GMT 18:19
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said education is the tool to reducing poverty, ignorance and putting the country on the path of progress and prosperity.
According to him several studies conducted across the world have indicated that investing in girls’ education is arguably the most effective measure any developing nation can employ to improve its standard of living.
He also indicated that research has proven that educating girls produces considerable social and welfare benefits, such as lower infant mortality and fertility rates, adding that “the mother’s level of education has a direct influence on economic productivity of both her family and the nation.”
Education, the President said, is the key to the development of Ghana and her democracy, and stressed that “my government, therefore, regards education as a public good to which our youth, in particular our girls, must have unfettered access.”
President Akufo-Addo made the remark when he visited Krobo on Saturday (yesterday) and delivered a speech at the 90th anniversary celebration of Krobo Girls’ School, at Odumase Krobo, on the theme “Achieving Excellence in Girls’ Education: The role of Stakeholders.”
The President noted, therefore, that political leaders, teachers, parents, communities and students have a major stake in ensuring that “we achieve excellence in our educational system, and by extension excellence in the education of the girl-child.”
Akufo-Addo further noted that his government has committed itself “to using the proceeds from our natural resources, as captured in the 2017 budget, to help educate the population to drive our economic transformation.”
“Instead of the revenues from our mineral and oil resources ending up in the hands of a few people, I am of the firm belief that the most equitable and progressive way of using these revenues is to educate and empower our population. It is for this reason that my government has indicated that it will fund the cost of Senior High School for all, beginning with the intake of the 2017/2018 academic year.”
Free SHS, he reiterated, will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level, as the policy will ensure that “more and more of our girls get access to affordable and quality education, which will, in turn, speed up the development of our country.”
The were a lot of Krobo musical performances and a display of the Krobo culture. In attendance were Nene Sasraku IV, Divisional Chief of Manya-Aklomuase, Manyɛ Aplam II, Paramount queen and a number of other Chiefs and traditional leaders
Picture Credit (Some): Lower Manya Krobo
Source: Kloma Hengme