GIZ Ghana has been awarded by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), an agency under the ministry of Education as an outstanding Development Partner during the 2021 TVET Awards which was held as part of the Closing Ceremony for the 2021 National Skills Competition and TVET EXPO.
The award is in recognition of GIZ’s overall contribution to the accomplishment of the Commission’s mandate as well as the general achievement of the National Strategic Goals of the sector set up be the Government within the period under review.
GIZ Ghana through the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI), a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has been supporting the Commission for TVET to develop and operationalize most of its programs and interventions.
Presenting the award on behalf of the Education minister, the Chief Director of the Education Ministry, Mr. Benjamin Kofi Gyasi lauded the significant contributions that GIZ Ghana has made towards the successful implementation of most of the TVET interventions implemented by the Government of Ghana through the Commission for TVET including the recently established Secretariat for the Sector Skills Bodies of Ghana.
MR. Gyasi reiterated Government of Ghana’s resolve to continue to prioritize the TVET sector in its educational reforms to ensure that the sector becomes very attractive for young people to take up the option of TVET as a career choice.
He therefore called for deepened bilateral ties between GIZ and the Education Ministry through the Commission for TVET to continue to lead the way in the TVET Transformation agenda.
Receiving the award on behalf of GIZ Ghana, the Country Director Madam Regina Barbosa explained that German expertise in TVET was a global known secret hence as a German Institution, GIZ Ghana is happy to continue to support the Government of Ghana to improve the TVET sector. She explained further that GIZ through the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) has been partnering the Commission for TVET for about a decade now helping to improve the conditions and structures necessary for the transformation of the sector.
Hence up to 36 million Euros has so far been spent on the TVET sector through the GSDI project to improve various aspects of the TVET system in Ghana including improving the capacity and functioning of the Commission for TVET (then known as COTVET) as well as support various TVET training institutions across the country.
She hinted further that a new stand-alone TVET project is being designed which will be implemented up until 2026 when the current phase of the GSDI project comes to an end at the end of 2022. This will be expected to solidify the gains made by the GSDI Project.