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Building the capacity of ATVET’s and Farm Institutes in Ghana

28-07-2022

Progress is continuing to successfully complete the Nuffic OKP project in Ghana called “Reviving Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Ghana by integrating Farm Institutions (FI’s) in the wider agricultural education system with public agricultural colleges and universities”.

One part of the project is improving the beneficiary institutes curricula, which MSM together with its consortium partners is revising and updating curricula in order to provide better education to students. The revision of these curricula included amongst other topics on gender, green growth and entrepreneurship, which are central topics to gain knowledge about in the agriculture sector. Out of 6 revised curricula, 2 have been completed and approved and the first students will be enrolled in September 2022.

Another part of the project is the so-called enforcement unit. Also, here progress has been made where MSM’s expert David Dingli, closely collaborates with Prof. Humphrey Danso.This enforcement unit will not be a separate admin unit within CTVET but rather draw on the capacity of CTVET and outsource inspection activities to local administrative officers in the districts. This unit will help with supporting the quality of TVETs by helping them restructure and meet certain set standards in the future.

Workplace programs and certifications
The beneficiary institute Adidome FI has been training students at certificate level I and II. As part of these educational courses, students are learning how they can technically and management wise be able to manage a small farm or be active in the operations of the farm. To support the theory the students learned, workplace programs have been set up where students can put theory into practice. The project team was happy to hear the confirmation of the students, that during their workplace program at agribusiness Amphlix, they were able to connect the newly gained knowledge towards the real farm activities.

To continue the workplace program, multiple MOU’s have been signed and businesses have been involved in providing input and feedback for this important training component for the students.

The teachers of Adidome have successfully taken part in training sessions on topics of green practices, gender and entrepreneurship. These are the topics that are included in the revised topics and the teachers will get a certificate to show their competence to teach these courses.

Small business development training
Another interactive training is already lined up for small famers to take part in a 5-day small business development course. Each day one sector will be covered, being vegetable crops, poultry, and agri mechanization services. Agribusiness is the crosscutting theme of this training and will be going through the course as a guiding treat. During the course the participants will be trained to get better business insights, by learning how to develop a business canvas and how to turn this into a concrete business model. In order for the participants to gain organizational and financial skills, they will learn about business development and how to organize their finances.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This Institutional Collaboration Project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This project is part of MSM’s Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The department is an is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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