The School of Educational Development and Outreach at the University of Cape Coast has held it first ever international conference on educational development, aimed at bringing researchers and educational practitioners to share knowledge on issues that help promote education in Ghana and beyond.
The conference was centered on 7 themes, namely, curriculum and teaching, quality assurance, Access, equity and inclusion and assessment in education.
The rest were, Development and management of educational practitioner, ICT integration in education and educational leadership and Management.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah in a speech read on his behalf by the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dora Francisca Edu Buandoh recognized the significant role of education in the socio-economic development of every nation and thus expressed his appreciation to the school of development and outreach for coming up with such an initiative that seeks to broaden the discourse on Ghana’s education development. “Globally, majority of the youth are located in the global south where social and economic conditions are poor. Thus, targeting education as a vehicle to prove their living conditions and that of their societies is paramount.”
Professor Ghartey Ampiah indicated that continuous research that target the country’s educational development must not be over emphasized but strengthened to enhance development.
The keynote speaker at the Conference, Emeritus Professor Philip Clarkson from the Catholic University in Australia speaking on the theme, “Promoting Innovative Educational Practices for Sustainable Development” said, though globalization holds an important place in the development of education, it will be important not to allow impinging western philosophies and principles override the values of the country. He said, educational development can only be achieved when the sector is fully embedded in the culture of the people.
He added that, teachers should be identified as key stakeholders in the educational development of every nation and must be given the necessary training and capacity building that will enhance their output.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS
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