Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom, the Director-General of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, has emphasized the significant investments being made in the country’s education sector, highlighting its potential to shape the future of education in Ghana.
He believes that transformative education is crucial for eliminating poverty and driving socioeconomic development.
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom spoke at the 8th International Conference on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Seoul, South Korea, hosted by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU).
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He stressed the importance of understanding GCED within the context of national cultural values, norms, and aspirations.
The ultimate goal of GCED, according to him, is to develop globally-minded and locally engaged citizens who appreciate diversity, inclusivity, and transformative learning.
Under the theme “Unpacking GCED: Transformative Learning for Critical Empowerment,”
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom highlighted the Complementary Basic Education program, which provides literacy and numeracy skills to out-of-school children, preparing them for enrollment in the formal school system and equipping them to become better citizens in the future.
He also mentioned that children who do not attend school receive support in the form of life skills and vocational training.
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom noted that even though these children might struggle with basic literacy and numeracy, through Global Citizenship Education and other forms of support, they can still become better citizens. He emphasized that waiting for them to acquire literacy and numeracy skills before introducing them to GCED is unnecessary.
The goal is to integrate GCED alongside efforts to address numeracy challenges and empower children to become better citizens in their communities.
The Director-General proposed extending GCED to the family and community levels to promote peaceful coexistence and a shared vision. He believes that by incorporating GCED into these spheres, Ghana can foster a more inclusive, just, and peaceful society.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to be transformative by equipping learners with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary to contribute to a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world.