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The series seeks to improve the regulation and governance of TVET within countries through the sharing of best practices. It serves as a stepping stone for ongoing exchange between the national bodies in the region to continuously improve their own work, taking into consideration the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. These peer-learning webinars have been developed with the aim of strengthening engagement among UNEVOC Network members as well as members of the BILT community.
The first webinar of the series was presented by the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Ghana. Ghana has undergone several reforms in its educational sector over the past seven years. Key amongst these was a reform in the TVET sector, specifically TVET governance. Before the reform, there were 19 Ministries running TVET programmes, thus making coordination challenging. There was a multitude of certification, infrastructural challenges and inadequate standardization. These structures had to be changed to provide an efficient and timely integration of new qualifications and competencies into curricula and training regulations.
Samuel Thompson and Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah spoke about how Ghana overcame these challenges and how training by TVET providers is being linked to the skills needs of industry. The role of Sector Skills Bodies in the TVET space was also discussed. They reported on lessons learnt during the reform process and drew conclusions on what TVET authorities from other countries can discover from the process in Ghana. Following the presentation, participants were invited to ask questions and to discuss possible adaptation of the Ghanaian approach to other local contexts.
Times are indicated in CEST.
31 March 2023
Moderator: Ms Natalie Ax, BILT Project Officer, UNESCO-UNEVOC
11:00 – 11:10: Opening and Welcome to the BILT Spotlight Series
Mr Fred Kyei Asamoah, Director General, CTVET
Mr Fred Kyei Asamoah is a pharmaceutical expert with a proven track record in achieving results in drug design, public health, regulatory compliance and enforcement, policy planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, corporate governance and strategic management. He has provided training strategies and performance coaching techniques that have featured in many development organizations across continents.
Since becoming the Director General of the Commission for TVET, Mr Asamoah has exhibited a high level of dedication to TVET development in the country. He was part of the team that developed a five-year strategic plan to restructure TVET delivery in Ghana and to align it with the government's vision of using TVET as a tool for job creation, industrial development, and economic growth.
Mr Samuel Thompson, Head for Policy, Planning, Projects, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPPRME), CTVET
In his position as the Head for Policy, Planning, Projects, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation as well as the Centre Coordinator for the UNEVOC Centre at CTVET, Ghana, Mr Thompson works with several stakeholders across the formal and informal sectors and across several Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), civil society organizations and development partners.
Mr Thompson coordinated the production of the report on the Skills Gap Analysis and Audit of Seven Sectors together with the skills directory and the profile of occupations of these sectors. He coordinated development of the 5-year Strategic Plan for TVET Transformation (2018- 2022) and is currently overseeing its implementation. Additionally, he coordinated the production of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and the Work Place Experience Learning (WEL) policies and the maiden edition of the Ghana TVET Report.
In addition to being the Head of the PPPRME department, Mr Thompson is also Project Director for the Orange Knowledge Project (OKP) Institutional Collaboration Project” and was the Project Coordinator for the “Ghana Skills for Employment Programme (GSEP I &II)”, all of which are projects under CTVET. Prior to this, Mr Thompson had worked as a Programme Manager and the Executive Director of a Foundation that focused on education and health. He also worked as a Teacher, a Head Teacher and a Community Facilitator. He was part of the team that organized the Green Champions training in Kenya for representatives from Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya as a facilitator.
Mr Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah, Deputy Director Standards, Curriculum Development and Enforcement, CTVET
Mr Theophilus Tetteh Zogblah is an educationist with specialisation in TVET with seventeen years of teaching experience in the Ghana Education Service as an Assistant Director. He joined the then Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, now Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, in January 2010.
Mr Zogblah is currently Deputy Director in charge of Standards and Curriculum Development. His role is to provide technical and administrative support for the development of competency-based training curriculum for the TVET sector. He works closely with various sector industry experts and instructors in academia on the development of demand-driven TVET curricula.
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