The Network for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation Ghana (Nespag-Ghana) and the Tamale Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote technical education in Ghana.
The mutual corporation between the NESPAG and the Tamale Poly will attempt addressing some of the major difficulties polytechnics face in the discharge of their core responsibility of providing without hindrance, quality and practical technical education to the citizenry.
The main objectives of this collaboration are to help remove the erroneous perception about technical education in Ghana, establish and strengthen institutional collaboration between Tamale Polytechnic and key actors in industry, reduce unemployment by encouraging entrepreneurship and also help in minimizing some of the difficulties faced by the Industrial Art Department of the polytechnic.
The Secretary of NESPAG, Mr Adam Samed said, the Memorandum of Understanding is a three 3 years agreement with the Polytechnic which will end on 31ST December 2019 but however will be renewed yearly depending on the satisfaction of both partners.
He said, as part of the agreement, NESPAG-Ghana will organize seminars and workshops for students on the relevance of technical education and its related areas for at least two seminars per semester.
NESPAG-Ghana will organize symposia for students to help expose their unique talents to the outside world and arrange for students to undergo Industrial Skills Training which helps with practical field knowledge.
Mr. Samed noted that, the organization will provide financial support to students with unique talents in creative art to start on their own, adding that, NESPAG-Ghana will directly support the Industrial Art Department of Tamale Polytechnic on their priority needs.
The NESPAG-Ghana Secretary said, the MOU is in three areas including, Publicity, Skill Training and Financial Package, saying there is a need to diffuse the perceptions of people technical and vocation skill training and provide the necessary impetus for students to acquired skills training for the job market. “By doing this, we will be solving the unemployment problem in the country” he said
Mr. Samed Adam hinted that, the NESPAG-Ghana have already started its publicity program to sensitized and disabused the minds of people about technical and vocational skills training, “We have visited several second cycle institutions to educate about the importance of technical and skills training and its already going down with students”.
The Tamale Polytechnic in the agreement will provide the needed qualified teaching staff that will make the programme succeed and provide conducive learning environment in terms of space, classrooms, furniture, equipment, marker board, and ventilation.
The MOU signed by the Rector of the Tamale Polytechnic, Dr. Abdulai Asuro said, the NESPAG program will further enhance the quality of technical and vocational training courses in the institution.
The Polytechnic will again provide consultancy services in technical, vocational, institutional, and academic needs and jointly source for funding to sustain the Technical Collaboration.
The head of Industrial Art Department of Tamale Polytechnic, Mr Baba Albani said, technical and vocational training is the way forward if the country want to industrialize.
He said, the collaboration with NESPAG especially in the area of publicity and sensitization will help clear the perceptions about technical and vocational skills training.
By: Hamza Lansah Lolly