The University of Education, Winneba has signed a Memorandum of Understand with the Millennium Promise Alliance to facilitate the development of a curriculum framework to integrate all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and targets into tertiary education in Ghana through teaching and learning at all colleges of Education.
The MoU will also help develop an SDG based programme for students of the University.
There will also be a joint mobilization of resources for research work emanating from the partnership.
Speaking to Citi News, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education Professor Anthony Afful Broni indicated that the partnership offers the University the opportunity to exchange ideas intellectual ideas with other prestigious University.
“One of the things that universities must do is to extend themselves globally because there is danger in becoming complacent in your little corner and thinking that you are doing the best because every university takes delight in ensuring that it is having collaborations and relationship with other universities within the nation and outside the nation,” Professor Afful Broni said.
According to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, the MoU is one of the ways the University will be recognized globally.
“This is one of the major ways we will get ourselves to globally exchange ideas, exchange research,
exchange professionals and others,” Afful Broni added.
Prof. Afful Broni explained that the University is committed to making sure that the 17 SDG goals are achieved by the year 2030 which is also in line with government’s plan of achieving education for all by 2030.
Chief Nathaniel Ebo, Nsarku leader of Millennium Promise Alliance urged the University of Education, Winneba to continue with expert ways of training teachers and develop curriculum that will make the SDG goals attainable.
“UEW must continue with their expert ideas and brilliant way of doing things like the training of teachers and they must also come out with quality material that is required to ensure that we translate this SDG’s into curriculum that is trainable, that we can be used to teach people from the kindergarten to the university level and we expect nothing than their expert ideas,” Chief Nathanial Ebo Nsarku added.
“Ghana has been recognized as a good destination for the development of SDG into a curriculum and once charity begins at home, obviously we are likely to train and teach people within the country to understand the intricacies of the SDG and take steps to implement the SDG,” Ebo Nsarku explained.
He urged the University of Education, Winneba to continue striving for higher academic excellence to give it more international recognition.
MPA and UEW collaboration
In 2019 the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) in partnership with Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted it’s fourth annual Vatican Youth Symposium in Vatican City.
Millennium Promise Alliance in partnership with the University of Education was selected to represent Ghana together with Morocco and Turkey for the SDSN Youth Global Schools Program pilot to create SDG aligned curriculums at the national level.
As part of the preparations to launch the SDSN, a high profile national dialogue on SDGs will be organised with strong participation of government representatives, universities, research institutions, civil society organisation,
international organisations interested to be members of SDSN.
Following the launch of Sustainable Development Solution Network, a governing council will be established to provide visibility, intellectual leadership, and stimulate interest in the activities of SDSN.