The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has called on institutions such as University of Ghana to redesign the learning experiences of students by nurturing them to be risk-takers, skilled at identifying problems from different angles and capable of formulating solutions. The Honourable Minister was speaking at the official launch of the 73rd Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) to be organised in January 2022 by the School of Continuing and Distance Education, College of Education (COE).
Mr. Ofori-Atta who was the Special Guest of Honour at the launch, in his address, mentioned government’s efforts in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on Ghanaian households by developing a GH¢100 billion COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises programme (the GhanaCARES “Obaatan Pa” programme).
The implementation of this project is to revitalise the nation by improving the business climate, supporting the private sector and providing job opportunities for the youth. According to the minister, ‘Government has spent close to eleven billion Ghana cedis in direct interventions since March 2020’.
Further, Mr. Ofori-Atta, highlighted government’s renewed emphasis on supporting entrepreneurship under the new YouStart programme over the next three years. “This is the most extensive attempt in our history at kick starting the Entrepreneurial state, and we are determined to build the stronger future our country deserves”, he Ofori-Atta declared.
The Chairman for the occasion, Prof. Martin Oteng-Ababio, Acting Provost, College of Education, noted that the Annual New Year School and Conference is a unique national platform for reflective and engaging conversations on the emerging innovations associated with Covid-19.
He said, ‘… our sincere wish is that the deliberations of the 73rd School and Conference will positively contribute to innovative strategies and policies that will transform the lives of many and guarantee social mobility for every Ghanaian’.