Yaw Ansah/ Evelyn Anane, GNA
Accra, March 26, GNA –
Mr Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, has described Ghana’s
Free Senior High School Policy (Free SHS) as an initiative that will give girls
the chance to acquire employable skill sets before reproduction.
He said such
empowerment would better prepare them for motherhood, reduces high birth rate,
maternal mortality and boost the Human Capital Index (HCI).
The HCI according to
World Bank, consist of the knowledge, skills and health that people accumulate
throughout their lives enabling them to realise their potential as productive
members of society.
Mr Kerali said this at
a teleconferencing to launch a quarterly Africa Civil Society Organisation and
Parliamentary Development Dialogue on Tuesday in Accra.
The dialogue, which
would be a quarterly interactive programme among 16 African Countries, seeks to
promote social inclusion, accountability and advocate for greater voices.
Under the theme:
“African Human Capital Challenges and Opportunities”, was used to also discuss
highlights of World Bank Africa Human Capital Project (WBAHCP).
He recounted that the
Bank as part of effort to improve human capital index of Ghana was implementing
programmes including social protection, skills, community water and sanitation
to help enable Ghana to catch up with its peers such as Rwanda.
Mr Kerali gave an
assurance that the Bank would support Ghana’s developmental programmes such as
giving second chance to people who could not get access to education to be
equipped with knowledge and skills to push the country up to the HCI to be the
best in Africa.
Out of 100 per cent,
Ghana achieved 44 per cent ranking 116 out of 157 countries in the HCI report,
released in 2018 ranked.
The HCI report
revealed that 95 out of 100 children in the country, survived up to age five
while a child who started school at age four was expected to complete 11.6
years of school by their 18th birthday.
It noted further that
across Ghana, 76 per cent of 15-year olds would survive until age 60.
It said although Ghana
had enormous natural resource potential, the country had not been able to
sustainably developed, because of the weak capacity of her human resource.
To reverse the trend,
it suggested the need to invest in its human resource to imbibe the right
innovation and technology that would help make the best use of the natural
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