The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Programme, a body that provides funding for knowledge exchange activities, is organising a national multi-stakeholder workshop on agricultural education in Ghana at the University of Ghana, Legon on June 16.
The workshop is based on the results of a study that showed that in spite of the relevance of agriculture in Senior High School (SHS) Curricula, its delivery in Ghana and Uganda is on the decline.
The workshop is a follow-up of a research that was conducted from 2016 to 2017 in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Makerere University, Uganda and the University of Ghana, Legon funded by CAPREx and Alborada Fund.
Dr Seth Dankyi Boateng, the Organiser of the workshop says it seeks to establish a national multi-stakeholder platforms in Ghana and Uganda that would bring the different actors to a roundtable on agricultural education, including audits of the agriculture curricula to identify areas for improvement.
The first workshop will be based around a series of conflicts discovered in the prior research, which impact upon the efficacy and take up of pre-university agriculture education.It will help stakeholders to understand the conflicts and develop solutions to arrest the drastic decline of agriculture in the two countries.
Topics to be discussed include the aims and objectives SHS Agriculture programme, the context within which the SHS Agriculture is being delivered and the nature and scope of the SHS Agriculture examinations.The roundtable will discuss the overall goal of agriculture education within which agriculture is taught, university admission policy on the first year agriculture programmes and the subjects that constitute SHS Agriculture and the overall all goal of the SHS Agriculture programme and the nature and scope of SHS Agriculture examination.