Africa’s participation in the 4th industrial revolution requires education reforms and shared learning – Dr Bawumia

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia

African countries need to learn from each other and the rest of the world, especially in education and skills acquisition, to prepare themselves adequately for the changing dynamics of the fourth industrial revolution, said the vice-president. President Mahamudu Bawumia.

Speaking at a World Bank Education Ministerial Meeting for West and Central Africa in Accra on Monday, Dr Bawumia said that while individual countries were putting in place education reforms education, collaboration would increase the rate of adoption of these reforms and have a greater effect on their quest to build a strong human resource base.

“We will not be able to bring about change without creating and maintaining political momentum in the region. In many countries in the region, more efforts are needed to streamline the governance of education systems in order to achieve greater great coherence, cooperation and coordination.

“Indeed, the relationship between socio-economic development and human capital is critical and Ghana’s policies on education access, quality, equity, relevance, skills acquisition and Education financing reflect how Ghana uses education as a lever for human capital development and socio-economic transformation,” he pointed out.

The meeting, which brought together ministers of finance and education from 22 countries representing West and Central Africa, will discuss the main findings of the West and Central Education Strategy for World Bank Africa 2022-2025, articulated around the strategic themes of finance and governance, addressing learning poverty and basic skills, technical and vocational education and training, and higher education and skills.