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Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo says it is important for Ghanaians to embrace the Vocational and technical education project that is about to be introduced by the Government. He said for any country to reach its peak of development it depends largely on both the Vocational and technical skills of its citizens. The minister made these statements on Wednesday at the launch of this year’s Odwira Afahye of the Chiefs and People of Akyem Awisa in the Eastern Region at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra.
According to the minister, it is not only white collar jobs that help in developing a nation and therefore the youth must have interest in technical, vocational and also venture into entrepreneurship to enable them live a better life rather than depending the Government always.
The theme for this year’s Odwira Afahye is Education and Tradition for Development-“The role of technical and vocational education”.
In launching the Afahye, the Awisahene Nana Kwarteng Karikari III stated that the Afahye is in remembrance of their ancestors and also to enable them unite and mobilize their resources for the development of the town. He added that the period is also for the purification of the stools in the palace. This purification is to be done to drive away evil spirits or any bad luck that may have occurred during the year.
He said Awisa is neither a big town nor a commercial center but it has the enviable reputation as a center for education. The town through education has contributed massively to Ghana’s development by producing prominent persons who have played important roles in virtually all professions .
He added that this year’s Afahye is designed to educate, provide funds and entertainment and also to offer a platform for continual dialogue among citizens for development. He therefore urged all sons and daughters of Awisa away from home to come and learn and also understand what culture and tradition is all about.
The celebration which commences on August 27, 2018 to September 2, 2018 will come along with activities such as Debates among some selected schools, a dinner dance, beauty pageant based on traditional conceptions of beauty and fashion, and many others.
Source: Theresa Adezewaa Ayiittey
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