Online learning is the key to inclusive education

Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says e-learning is the key to inclusive education.

He said he has become the protagonist of change in the education sector and a means of providing education to populations who otherwise would have been limited to education due to geography, status or of a physical disability.

Dr Bawumia, who made the remarks at the launch of the Leyden-Alison Integrated e-Learning Program (IOLP) for Skills Development in Accra, said e-learning was an appropriate method to instruct students in remote areas.

The Alison – Leyden Integrated Online Learning Program (IOLP) for Skills Development is an innovative tuition-free program for the less privileged.

The program, which is in partnership with the University of Ghana, Alison Republic of Ireland and Leyden Consultancy UK, SOLNetwork and Leyden Foundation Ghana, is said to offer around 3,000 free certified courses for undergraduates and professionals.

Dr. Bawumia noted that despite the challenges associated with e-learning, including the transition from traditional curriculum development and classroom instruction, lack of infrastructure to digitize and deliver learning materials and human resources to implement it, it has been hailed as an essential force for democratization. education.

He said that with advances in information and communication technology, e-learning has become a feasible and economically appropriate means of extending quality education, which provides consistent and standardized training every time. to all learners.

“We have provided free Wi-Fi to approximately 700 high schools, 46 colleges of education, 260 district education offices, 13 public higher education institutions and we are going to do more because this is the way of the future as we move towards more and more online learning and internet access,” he said.

The Vice President said the government is prioritizing skills development and entrepreneurship, hence the introduction of initiatives such as the Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical, Vocational and Vocational Training (TVET) to develop the skills of young people. and contribute to economic sustainability.

He said the country was in the process of developing an integrated set of databases to help improve the efficiency with which the country would be governed, direct public administration, improve access to public services, improve the mobilization of revenue and fight corruption.

The Vice President expressed the government’s support for the integrated online program which is expected to provide a tool to tackle youth unemployment in the country.

Dr James Owusu, Executive Director of the Leyden Educational Foundation, highlighted the need for smart and effective investments in educating people to develop human capital to end extreme poverty.

At the heart of the strategy, he said, is the need to tackle the learning crisis, to end ‘learning poverty’ and to help young people acquire the skills they need to be successful.

”According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Africa has the lowest proportion of engineering graduates in the world. Yet such specialized skills are needed to drive and sustain economic transformation,” he noted, and called on graduates to be sufficiently skilled in sectors that offered the greatest comparative advantage for economic growth.