Strengthening the Agricultural Technical-Vocational Education and training sector in Ghana

19 October 2020

The goal of this project is to strengthen those institutes that can bring the agricultural sector in Ghana forward. From the 1st of September 2019 until the 31st of December 2021 CINOP is revising and strengthening the Agricultural Technical-Vocational Education and training sector. The Council For Technical And Vocational Educational Training (COTVET) is being strengthened to support integration of the ATVETB sector in the TVET system, to develop and finalize a national qualification framework (NQF), revise and develop NQF proof ATVET curricula and develop an action plan for implementation.

Main challenge

In strengthening the entire ATVET chain, the consortium will work for quality education that provides Ghana with a skilled workforce to strengthen its agricultural sector, bring economic growth, and ensure income for individual households and appropriate agricultural work for its young population. For this a national qualifications framework is needed that meets labour market demands and builds upon collaboration and strong implementation throughout the educational column. This will benefit the youth of Ghana because through this focus  academic progression of the Ghanaian students within ATVET is possible. Until now it was difficult for them when entering the lowest levels of ATVET to progress to the higher levels. The consequence of this was that many ambitious youngsters didn’t see ATVET as a potential first step to develop their career. Within this project we try to contribute to change this by further aligning the NQF.

Our approach

The focus will be on improving accreditation, supervision, management and making ATVET competence based. This project is a twin project with our Farm Institutes project. In that project CINOP works with vocational training institutes at institutional level (colleges and universities). By doing so we are able to integrate the work at the  institutional level with the national level.

 CINOP is always focusing on the needs of the Ghanaian institutes. That makes their work very relevant or as what of the participants of their training mentioned: “Awesome”.

Ishak Shaibu (Ghanian Project Coordinator)

Ghanaian actors from the different levels work close together to ensure that competence based curricula on various value chains and business development are being accredited and integrated into the National Qualification Framework and its implementation supervised by the Governmental responsible actors (COTVET).  By doing so we ensure that all the work is done fits into the National Qualification Framework of Ghana and its owned by all the appointed government bodies and vocational institutes. The activities that we undertake are;

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Capacity strengthening of staff of national level institutions ( COTVET,TEU, NABPTEX)
  • Capacity strengthening of management of ATVET institutions
  • NQF is reviewed and ATVET system is integrated in the framework
  • Revision & development of ATVET curricula
  • Support in the implementation of the revised curricula

This project is headed by MSM and builds upon an existing collaboration between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Kwadaso Agricultural College, Ansuansi Farm Institute, Sunyani Technical University and AERES group. The project could be established thanks to the OKP program, executed by Nuffic, and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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