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As I continued my studies on Christian Education about the Basel Missions, I found the statement below in the study by Guang-Duah

“The Asanthene, Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II was said to have expressed concern about the type of education provided by the missions in Ghana in 1942 in a message to the Methodist Conference in Kumasi. The traditional ruler criticized the content of Mission Education in Ghana in general as being “TOO BOOKISH” and not aimed at generating wealth for the nation. The comments also served as a precursor to the concerns expressed by the All Africa Churches ‘conference held un 1963 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia on Christian Education in Africa. The conference recognized the importance of education to economic and social development and called on churches and missions to organize the content of the educational programmes to make them relevant to the needs of the people. They advised that in the teaching of Agriculture, for instance, Mission schools should try to link their teaching in the classroom to work on the farm. This was what the conference felt could help make the mission education relevant to the African Society. The fact that the church in Africa talked about the issue meant that it was a problem all over the continent.” [1]

 

The sad thing is that we still make the same statement in the 21st Century. The debates and focus on many institutions in Africa and Ghana in particular are to change the curriculum from Book to Skills. 1942, we figured out the woes confronting education in Africa yet there has been no relevant change over the years. What saddens me is the Technical Vocational Education and Training. We are alluding to TVET instead of Software Development, Machine Learning, Technology Innovations, and Cyber Security. We are in the age of technology; we demand from our leaders to teach us how to build machines. Teach us the means for exploring with meaning and meaning for development. Book! Book!! Book! The change we require is not a substitute for book learning to TVET. Until TVET based jobs are made recognized professions similar to Health Doctors, Lecturers, nurses etc., patronage will be low, and results wouldn’t be fruitful. We need something more than TVET

My thoughts!

  [1] Gyang-Duah, C. (1996). Scottish Mission factor in the development of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana: 1917-1957.


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