President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo praised the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) for its contribution to the development of Ghana over the past decades.
“Since training science teachers for our schools in 1965, UNESCO has helped shape many policies in Ghana’s education sector, including the most recent National Teacher Policy, the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, and the inclusion of biosphere protection plans in the national development agenda.”
“At the time when there was only one state-owned media company in Ghana, UNESCO helped set up private, independent newspapers and radio stations and thus contributed to the emergence of lively and free media that are now envied by many the continent and even in the world, “he said.
President Akufo-Addo made these remarks last Friday at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) in Paris, France.
In his speech at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that UNESCO is arguably the pre-eminent global organization that emerged from the creation of the United Nations.
Ghana, said the President, was not present at the landmark ceremony in London as it was at that time in the active phase of its struggle for freedom from British colonial rule.
“Twelve (12) years later, in 1958, one year after our independence, we have taken our rightful place as members of UNESCO. Since then, it has been 63 years of fruitful, cordial collaboration, and the benefits are obvious. “,” He said.
According to the President, Ghana is the unfortunate location for 75% of the slave dungeons built on the west coast of Africa to facilitate the barbaric, inhuman transatlantic slave trade, and Ghana has been able to preserve a significant number of these World Heritage sites with assistance of UNESCO.
In the present day, he found that UNESCO has been able to redefine and reposition itself to meet the urgent needs of the world.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it helped several countries, including Ghana, to ensure that the education of hundreds of thousands of children was not cut off,” the president said.
Just as UNESCO believes that education is a lifelong human right, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that Ghana “through the Free Senior High School Policy” is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian child has access to a minimum of high school education Has. .
Higher education, he added, has also seen a significant boost in infrastructure development, with around sixty (60) public universities now able to accommodate our rapidly growing student body.
With UNESCO’s mandate going well beyond what the founding members might have envisioned, President Akufo-Addo stressed the importance of ensuring that their niche competencies are not compromised.
“UNESCO is its member states, this anniversary is also ours. It has been seventy-five (75) years of multilateral solidarity and we must continue for the next seventy-five (75) years to deepen our cooperation even further in the areas of education, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, culture, communication and information, around those we seek Reaching the future and leaving no one behind, “added the President.