TVET is a significant driver in achieving SDGs
Sunyani, March 21, GNA – Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Sunyani Technical University (STU) said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a vital part of human resource development and a critical tool for socio-economic development.
According to Ing. Dr. Boakye, the TVET can be a significant driver in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as reducing poverty, expanding opportunities for lifelong learning and creating jobs and decent work for all.
He was speaking at the STU’s 15 graduation ceremony on Saturday in Sunyani, on the theme: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Skills Education for Sustainable Development”.
A total of 2,286 graduands of the 2021/2022 academic year were awarded with degrees and diploma certificates in B-Tech, HND and Diploma in Engineering, TVET, Applied Science and Technology, Built Environment and Applied Art, as well as Business and Management Studies disciplines.
Ing. Dr. Boakye charged Technical Universities across the country to play the leading role in promoting the practical application of Science, Technology and Engineering in Ghana to help make the country a modern and competitive one at the global level.
This is because Science, Technology and Engineering are undoubtedly critical drivers for the socio-economic development of any country and can help to transform societies to provide significantly improved living conditions.
Saying, “the objective of the establishment of the Technical Universities is to provide tertiary education in the fields of Engineering, Science-based disciplines, Technical and Vocational training, Applied Arts and related disciplines”.
Hence, Technical Universities are expected to offer students the requisite practical training in specific discipline that would mold them into resourceful innovators and entrepreneurs.
Ing. Dr. Boakye said the education is expected to be practical and forward-looking in approach, so as to train students who can create jobs rather than rely on the Government for employment.
He observed it is imperative that Technical Universities get involved in Ghana’s drive to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to boost intra-African trade, unleash the potential for Ghana’s economic transformation and accelerated development of the African continent.
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