German Development Bank inspects €20 million projects in Ghana

A German Development Bank (KfW) has commended the implementation of Ghana's Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Voucher project by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).

With funding from KfW, COTVET has so far disbursed 5 million out of a 20 million Euro grant to some accredited institutions in four regions of Ghana to help equip the nation with the requisite skilled manpower to sustain industrial growth.

The Competence Based Training (CBT) project is being piloted in the Northern, Greater Accra, Volta and Ashanti Regions, where hundreds of beneficiaries have been trained, while others are undergoing training.

The CBT is under the German Ghana Government Development Corporation. Over 4000 participants have so far been trained and the Northern Region has recorded 933 beneficiaries in all five trade areas.

A fact finding team led by the KfW Head Office, Frankfurt, Project Manager responsible for Education, Health and Social Protection for West Africa, Dr. Elke Luedemann visited the Dabokpa Technical Institute in Tamale.

The team expressed satisfaction with the work done by COTVET. The team interacted with the school's management, visited some of the training departments and later met with leadership of the various trade associations in Tamale, where some bilateral relations were signed.

Dr. Luedemann, in an interview on the sidelines, described COTVET as a good implementation agency. She said the team in its assessment report will advocate for enough funding to sustain the TVET project at all cost.

According to her, the German government is much concerned about Ghana's industrial growth, hence the huge investment in the acquisition of manpower skills. She thanked the Dabokpa Technical Institute's management for the project's successful implementation.

She encouraged the Institute's management to put in place the necessary structures that will attract more youth to enroll in the available programmes needed to make them productive citizens

The Principal of Dabokpa Technical Institute, Mariam Mahama, told the team that her outfit was grateful to the KfW for the support.

According to her, the institute has enough resources as a result of the support they receive from COTVET, which has also heightened interest in the TVET project. She assured it of the institutes continued commitment to deliver quality technical education in Ghana.

The institute, she added, has applied for accreditation to formalize all the programmes they have mounted." Ghana's team leader of the Planck/GTVP, Collins Armah, reiterated the team's commitment to achieve the desired expected outcomes.

She told the team that, the institute long time plan was to established a technical university and also go into solar panel production.

He thanked the KfW for funding the project, which is geared towards empowering the Ghanaian youth to contribute to the realization of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Mr Collins Armah said his outfit was impressed by the output of the Dabokpa Technical Institute Management. He reassured the management that the school would be given the opportunity to produce the right workforce for industry players.

According to the GTVP Voucher Fund Manager, Emmanuel Bekoe, the project was officially launched in 2014.He said plans are afoot to implement the phase II to be upscaled to all accredited technical and vocational training institutions across Ghana.

The GTVP Program Coordinator in charge of Northern Region, Ibrahim Osman,the Regional Coordinator of the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI), Dr.Dujin Barmah and Madam Annastraub of the GIZ were part of the delegation.

The COTVET launched the TVET Voucher Project to encourage technical and vocational education in Ghana.As codenamed, "Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) role model programme," it is aimed at heightening awareness, particularly among female students.

The programme is to equip people with technical and professional skills needed for economic and industrial development.

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