Mr San Nasamu Asabigi, Deputy Northern Regional Minister, has and called on Ghanaians to pool resources to improve the educational sector towards national development.
He noted education formed the foundation for the development of every country, and commended non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for contributing to the improvement of the sector.
Mr Asabigi was speaking at a workshop aimed at improving education in the Region, orgainsed by the Northern Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international non-governmental organization, (NGO), in Tamale.
It brought together District Chief Executives, District Directors of Education in the region and representatives of NGOs including Campaign for Female Education, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and ActionAid Ghana.
Mrs Elizabeth De-Souza, the Regional Director of GES, opening the workshop, said: “The contribution of NGOs in the educational sector is so immense. However, some of them are not known to the Regional Directorate of Education, making it difficult to monitor and coordinate their activities. Also there is duplication of activities of NGOs because of lack of coordination of the operations’’.
She said knowing the operations of the NGOs would help the Education Directorate to ensure harmonization of their activities to ensure efficiency and value for money.
Mrs De-Souza said education was expensive and called on stakeholders in education to partner Government to improve the sector.
Mr Eric Duorinaah, Coordinator of Tackling Education Inclusively programme of the VSO, gave the assurance that the NGO would continue to support education in the country.