Cuba pledges to support the education sector
Cuba is committed to increasing its support to Ghana’s education sector to help accelerate the country’s economic transformation agenda.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Anette Chao Garcia, who announced it, said her office would soon engage the Ministry of Education to discuss different ways her country could help the sector grow.
“The Cuban people are very satisfied with the state of development in Ghana and so I am here to find ways to help maintain this noble achievement of the Ghanaian government,” she said.
The ambassador mentioned special education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as intervention programs that could be beneficial for the country.
Ms Garcia, who was speaking on a courtesy visit to Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in Accra yesterday, added that her country will also provide more scholarships for Ghanaian students to study in Cuba.
The Ambassador congratulated Dr Adutwum for agreeing to “come home” to help develop education in the country, and pleaded with other Ghanaians abroad to emulate the Minister’s good example.
For his part, the minister said the government was on the verge of overthrowing the nation’s fortunes through education; hence the need to stimulate the formation of human capital necessary to advance the nation’s development program.
He said the government was on track to improve STEM teaching and learning at all educational levels, saying the nation cannot be left behind in a rapidly developing world.
He commended the Arab Development Bank for agreeing to build 15 STEM academies across the country to complement government efforts to promote STEM-related courses.
Dr Adutwum added that the government is working to create a level playing field for all students so that they can take courses that interest them so that they can effectively contribute to national growth.
Ms. Garcia is Cuba’s first female ambassador to Ghana.
She presented her credentials to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on November 23, 2021.
His appeal to the minister was to introduce himself formally and also to discuss areas of mutual interest between the two countries, especially in the field of education.