Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawunmia has appealed to faith-based organizations to support the government's efforts towards ensuring Ghana's education becomes the best in Africa.
He said faith-based organizations could support by helping to improve the infrastructure of existing institutions across the country, to supplement the public ones.
‘I am confident such initiatives will undoubtedly augment the government’s efforts towards the provision of quality education for every Ghanaian child, irrespective of their religious affiliation.
''We need to unravel and tackle all factors that hinder our progress in education so as to enable us to improve ourselves, our families our communities and to contribute meaningfully to the development of our country’ Dr. Bawumia said.
The Vice president said this on Friday in Accra, at the maiden national Muslim conference on the theme: Muslim Education in Ghana at the Crossroads-the Need for Concerted Actions’ attended by Members of Parliament, the Diplomatic Corp, and the Coordinator of the Zongo and Inner-Cities Development Secretariat (ZICDS), Alhaji Ben Abdallah Banda.
It was organized in collaboration with the Office of the National Chief Imam and the Muslim Caucus in Parliament, to among other things, strategize to achieve higher positive educational outcomes for Muslim children at the basic level of education.
The three-day conference brought together Muslim leaders and technocrats from across the country, to as well concretize an establishment of the annual Muslim Conference to tackle critical issues of education, health, and finance.
Dr. Bawunmia was confident that one of the surest ways to promote education in the communities was for faith-based organizations to come together and prioritize education in the development agenda.
He said education was the only realistic way to alleviate poverty in our inner-cities, and all communities which were peripheries to our development as a nation.
Dr Bawumia reiterated that education ensures social mobility, tackles social exclusion and underdevelopment, and overcomes self marginalization, stressing that, several studies had established a strong link between education and social mobility.
‘This was where the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy of the government draws its relevance.
The policy is designed to ensure uninterrupted schooling for every Ghanaian child irrespective of the child’s background from kindergarten to SHS.
This means that every Ghanaian child has the opportunity to at least attain a secondary education as a starter in life ‘ Dr. Bawumia said.
The Acting Chairman of the Muslim Caucus of Parliament, Mr. Mohammed Muntakaka Mubarak, said the Muslim Caucus of Parliament was troubled about the abysmal low representation of Muslims in competitive courses at the various public universities.
He said a study conducted by the Baraka Policy Institute revealed that enrolment in second cycle schools for Muslim children across the country, compared with the Muslim population, raised serious concern in respect of the future of the youth in Muslim communities
Source: Ghanaian Times