Following an announcement made by Hon. Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ga- Adangbe students in Ghana will soon enjoy a free scholarship.
According to the new development, Ga students in Ga communities in Ghana will have access to quality education at all levels of the educational ladder.
The scholarship package will be rolled out to students package of Ga-Dangbe descent.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, addressing at the 2021 Homowo Lecture series in Accra, said the decision is part of long-term and intentional measures to bridge educational inequality in Ga-speaking communities.
The purpose of the scholarship programme is to provide Ga Dangbe students with the required skills to prepare them for the labour market and minimise unemployment in their villages.
To that end, the Minister said a committee would be formed soon to propose implementation options for the proposal.
“We’ve had discussions. I need your help to ensure that Ga-Adangbe students from JHS receive scholarships from us. From Ada to LADMA, even if we are awarding ten scholarships in each place, they could become graduates and serve as civil servants, which will be good for us. I’ll institute a committee to make this happen,” he said.
Among the Minister’s other initiatives is the emphasis on Ga language teaching and learning in primary schools throughout the region.
It will be remembered that during his ministerial vetting, Mr Quartey stated that one of the things he would prioritise was the teaching and study of the Ga language in regional schools.
It was prompted by concerns that the study of the indigenous language will be phased away due to a perceived shortage of teachers.
However, as an update, the Minister stated that talks with the Ministry of Education had begun to make this a reality.
“During my vetting, I promised that the Ga language would be taught in schools in the region. I’ve already discussed this with the Education Minister. The Ministry will soon put a system in place to bring in more Ga teachers for the schools.”
One other thing the Minister is envisioning is the establishment of a Ga-Dangbe research centre to help preserve the history, culture, and heritage of the Ga people.
“I’ll advise that we should set aside a place to build a centre to preserve our Ga-Adangbe books, history, and archives. We will lobby to get people to donate computers for the facility.
Everything is now moving online. We should work on what I’ve spoken about. We can call it the Ga-Adangbe research centre, so our history and everything about us is kept there.”
“We can even roll out the scholarship initiative I spoke about through the secretariat of the research centre. We have to ensure that the facility is ready in a year’s time.”
Meanwhile, the Minister took the opportunity to warn against acts of separation among Ga community members, stating that the Greater Accra Region’s laggard status may most likely be reversed if indigenes promote unity among themselves for a common objective.
As a result, he advocated for an all-hands-on-deck strategy to reviving the region’s socio-economic development.
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