The Country Director of the British Council in Ghana, Nii Doodo Dodoo, has affirmed the British Council’s desire to renew an existing relationship with the Education Ministry to improve education development in the country.
He explained that the relationship between the two institutions, which dates back several years, was being renewed to promote the development of education in the country and the rest of the world. He revealed that the leadership of the two institutions would soon meet to have a thorough discussion on areas of collaboration.
Nii Doodo Dodoo announced this when he paid a courtesy call to the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum. He commended Dr Adutwum for his role in the ongoing education reforms in the country intended at transforming the economy.
Nii Dodoo said his outfit would have a critical look at areas to support so they could put in engineer the right and best ways of partnering with the Education Ministry to come out with the appropriate ways of getting things done for the country.
The Minister of Education described the role played by the British Council as very critical.
He enumerated the various reforms and initiatives being introduced into the nation’s education space to support the national transformation agenda. He added that “the focus now is looking at the loopholes in the various policies and finding solutions to them”.
Areas of collaboration
Dr Adutwum disclosed that his outfit would need the British Council’s support in the training of English teachers in the country “on how to teach the language as a foreign language and not to English-speaking countries”.
This, according to him, would help sharpen the skills of the English teachers to ensure improvement in the teaching of the subject.
The Education Minister also called for partnership with the British Council to ensure that all schools in the country pursuing international curricula add some local content into their curriculum. That, he indicated, would help their students know and understand their host countries.
“For instance, that the British Council could bring its experiences to bear when it comes to the establishment of the National Education Leadership Institute (NELI). I call on the institution to come on board towards the training of the leaders in the education sector,” he entreated.