Foreign Ministry launches ‘Back-to-School’ campaign

Ms Ayokor Botchwey interacting with the students. Photo, Seth Adu Agyei

Ms Ayokor Botchwey interacting with the students. Photo, Seth Adu Agyei

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration yesterday launched a campaign to complement ongoing efforts to improve the quality and access to education in the country.


Under the campaign christened “Back-to-School”, being run in partnership with diplomatic missions, educational materials and other packages will be distributed to schools across the country.


In the first phase of the campaign, five basic and senior high schools (SHS) have been selected to receive English and Mathematics text books and other assorted stationery.


The beneficiary schools are Odorgonno SHS; Abeka Motorway School; Saint Justin Anglican School and Anyaa M.A Basic School; all in Greater Accra and Kibi School for the Deaf in the Eastern Region.


At the launch, attended by heads of missions, academics and school children, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the Sector Minister, said education had a correlation with socio-economic development and therefore required maximum attention.


She said the campaign, under the theme “Foreign Policy Mirrors Domestic Policy” aimed at leveraging the country’s foreign relations and policy towards the development of the country.


She said the campaign would cushion students whose parents were unable to provide their basic needs for schools and ensure than underprivileged students were given support to further their education.


Ms Botchway said the campaign was indicative of Ghana’s genuine commitment to meet the Sustainable Goal four which called for inclusive and quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities.


“Clearly, obtaining quality education for all, serves as a conduit for improving people’s lives and ensuring sustainable development,”  the Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom said.


Expressing gratitude to foreign missions who have contributed to the campaign and urging others to do likewise, she quoted author Victor Hugo, saying “He who opens a school door, closes a prison door”.


On other matters, she said the Ministry would organise a workshop for stakeholders to deliberate on how to improve the country’s competiveness and productivity on the global stage as the country pursued industrialisation.


The High Commissioner of India to Ghana, Birender Singh Yadav on behalf of the missions, commended the Ministry for the initiative and said it would help children to realise their dreams.


He underscored the importance of education to the development of every country and said the diplomatic missions would support efforts to improve education in Ghana.


Ms Denise Welbeck, Ga Central Municipal Director of Education thanked the Ministry and its partners for the campaign, stating that it would go a long way to improve academic work.


By Jonathan Donkor




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