Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum (Middle) and the delegation from All-Africa Students Union
The leadership of All-Africa Students Union (AASU) on Thursday, June 3, paid a working visit to the Ministry of Education. They were received by the sector Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
The delegation, led by Secretary-General, H.E. Peter Kwesi Kodjie and AASU Vice President for West Africa, Varney A. Jarsey expressed delight at the opportunity to meet the sector Minister to discuss issues relating to education in Ghana and Africa generally.
Over the years, the AASU has led significant advocacy across several education policy domains with the aim to improve access and quality of education in Africa.
The visit by the leadership of AASU was in line with the goal to strengthen relations with state actors and government institutions in the collective efforts to promote education and youth development in Africa.
On his part, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum welcomed the team and expressed delight at the work of AASU.
He challenged them to do more. The Minister stressed the need for Ghana and Africa to continue to invest in education if the future of young people on the continent would be secured. He further reiterated the government of Ghana’s commitment to that goal.
Secretary-General of AASU, Mr Peter Kodjie thanked the Minister and Government of Ghana for their support to the operations of AASU.
The Secretary-General made a brief presentation on ongoing projects that AASU is undertaking. Specifically, he spoke about the SDG 4 Monitoring Project which assesses the progress of the implementation of inclusive and quality education by African governments.
He also noted that AASU has environmental sustainability as one of its strategic focal points and thus highlighted the ‘AASU Tree Planting Project’. This project incidentally aligns with a similar project the Ministry is currently rolling out, that is the ‘One Tree One Student Project’.
According to Mr Kodjie, this project continues to receive plaudits from the international community for its style of implementation and innovative approach.
After very fruitful discussions and reassurances from both the Ministry of Education and AASU, the delegation thanked the Minister, Dr Yaw Adutwum. Members of the delegation also promised to continue to work in the interest of the student movement in Africa.
The All-Africa Students Union is the largest student organization on the continent with membership in every country. The Union is headquartered in Accra under the African Union Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Ghana.
Founded in Ghana in 1972, the All-Africa Students Union has grown to be fully representative of students and youth of Africa with recognition from the African Union and United Nations as well.
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