The First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has said, Ghana must take conscious steps to make the nation a centre of excellence in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in West Africa and a competitive global player within the TVET ecosystem to make Technical and Vocational Education and training, the preferred choice for the youth in Ghana.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo made the comments when she was appointed Principal TVET Ambassador and met with other Ambassadors for the MyTVET campaign, launched by the Ministry of Education and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), to promote wide-spread preference for TVET among the youth.
The objective of the campaign is to change negative perceptions about TVET and to increase enrolment in Technical and Vocational Institutions in Ghana, inspire world-class excellence in skills development and to introduce the youth to a variety of skilled careers.
The campaign will target the youth, specifically, those in Junior High Schools and the basic level as well as parents, guardians and other stakeholders who shape the decisions of the youth.
In accepting the Ambassadorship, the First Lady said the MyTVET campaign has come at the right time, when the government is embarking on a drive to industrialize Ghana through the one-district-one-factory initiative, adding “there are immense benefits the country can gain from promoting TVET and as such we must all be committed to improving TVET in Ghana”.
The First Lady will be supported by other Ambassadors including, media personality, broadcast journalist and public speaker, Kwame Sefa Kayi, Ghanaian musician, songwriter, creative director and entrepreneur Kwame Nsiah-Apau popularly known as Okyeame Kwame , Belinda Addardey popularly known as Berla Mundi, a Ghanaian media personality, women’s advocate and voice artist, Martha Ankomah Ghanaian film actress, entrepreneur and brand Ambassador, Founder and CEO of Makeup Ghana Rebecca Donkor, and Daniel McKorley a Ghanaian business magnate and founder and chief executive officer of McDan Group of Companies.