The Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) has officially commenced project activities in the Eastern Region with a launch in Koforidua. This is part of the project’s bid to extend to other regions of Ghana. After receiving co-funding from the European Union, the GSDI is expanding its activities to a total of six Regions, introducing three additional trade areas, and starting to promote agricultural education training. The Eastern Region is one of the new regions. This is to complement the existing four regions and five trade areas.
The launch which was held at the GNAT Assembly Hall in Koforidua was attended by Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Regional Minister for Eastern Region, Paolo Salvia, Acting Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to Ghana (EU), Robin Cordes, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy Accra, Dr. Fred Asamoah, the Executive Director of COTVET and other GSDI partners.
After the launching event, there was an open forum which allowed the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trade associations and training providers in the Eastern Region to engage with the GSDI team to become better informed about the project and its activities in the region.
In his key-note address, the Hon. Minister for education commended the work of the German government and the EU in skills development. He also reiterated government’s commitment to introducing TVET reforms in the country.
The European Union supports GSDI III through the Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) with EUR 7.0 million. The German contribution to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana through the Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED) amounts to more than EUR 5.5 million.