The Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies (DOLAHRS) of the School for Development Studies, has hosted an International Writers’ Workshop. The workshop which formed part of the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) programme was on the theme “Gender Equality & Rural Women’s Livelihoods in Ghana, Pakistan and Kenya.” Participants of the workshop were from the University of Cape Coast, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and Egerton University, Kenya. The Chairperson for the workshop, Dr. Genevieve Etonam Adukpo, highlighted some interventions and achievements the ICDD programme has made to support and empower women in the rural areas of collaborative members’ countries. She said that, as part of ICDD programme, the various members that constitute the collaborative network meet annually at a conference to discuss research work. The former Director of CEGRAD, Prof. Akua O. Britwum, who gave an overview of ICDD programme in Ghana, recounted that the programme has positively affected the lives of some people in the southern belt (Yamoansa – Cape Coast), middle belt (Techiman – Brong Ahafo Region) and the Northern belt (Dagomba/ Kasena Nankana) of Ghana. She said the programme has given technical and training support to rural women in Agriculture; livelihood and social protection. Prof. Britwum also said the programme was strongly committed to promoting multidisciplinary research approaches to specific decent work issues and that they were working on various research work. The programme has enrolled two postgraduate students and has two publications as well as other technical reports. The Head of Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies (DOLAHRS), Dr. Angela Akorsu, in her welcome address assured participants of a fruitful discussion and knowledge-sharing sessions of during the four-day conference. She noted that the conference would provide avenue for participants to network and work towards bringing issues of women empowerment to the attention of world leaders and their respective communities. Sharing the experience of Pakistan, Prof. Saira Ahtkar, noted that the ICDD programme has contributed to training and supporting women in some rural areas through networking and collaboration. He said their research findings have also helped to initiate women’s participation in Agriculture. He added that they created a network and collaboration with other civil societies; women empowerment programme and international collaborations, as some of their achievements in Pakistan. From Kenya, Mrs. Susan Njogu, explained that through research findings through the ICDD programme, they have identified some of the problems facing women’s participation in Agriculture to be patriarchal (male centred) issues; difficulty in accessing to fund; cultural barrier; lack of training and support; weak legislative backing; lack of financial control. As part of their contributions to supporting rural women participation in both agriculture and social protection (livelihood) in Kenya, she said they have used their faculty to empower women in some local communities. She added that the faculty was also trying to work together with policy makers to implement a law for the “voices of women” to be heard in Kenya. A member of the discussion panel, Prof. Samuel K. Annim, advised members of ICDD to be very mindful of their research work by considering integrity, ethics and the end point of their findings, adding that “A research without social change is meaningless.” He said researchers must align their thoughts with the policy makers through accountability and reproducibility. The University Librarian, Dr. Mac Anthony Cobblah, remarked that researchers must be truthful in their research work in order not to corrupt or jeopardize the knowledge- building of academic institutions. “Research work must also go through proper and rigorous editorial review for credibility,” he added. Dr. Cobblah advised institutions to train graduates on the ethics of research work and not necessarily the methods. Prof. Nancy Lundgren of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of UCC recommended the incorporation of feminist research in academics because it has the potential to discuss the broad social freedom. “Inclusion of women in policy making and research work cause a better transformation or social change in the society; and females must openly seek cause for social change in order to create quality policies citizenry,” she remarked. During the closing ceremony, a Kenyan participant, Mr. Charles Wambu, congratulated UCC (DOLAHRS and CEGRAD) and called on civil and corporate societies to embrace the findings of ICDD programme for policy making. Mrs. Susan Njogu, a participant from Kenya, indicated that the findings would surely be turned into real interventions to affect livelihoods of people. She commended Prof. Akua O. Britwum and her team for their intellectual support. Participants from Pakistan, Prof. Saira Ahtkar and Prof. Abdul Ghafoor proposed that their findings must be published into book. They expressed gratitude to their Ghanaian partners for their assistance and hospitality.
A students’ exposition was held at C. A. Ackah complex on 2nd May, 2017 on the Theme “Promoting Students’ Creativity and Innovation”. The main objective of the Students’ Expo was to create a platform for graduate students of the IEPA to showcase their original work to members of the University Community and the general public and demonstrate the results of student research, scholarship and creative activities inside and outside of the classroom as part of their assessment for two courses : Contemporary issues in Higher Administration and Student Personnel Services. Five student groups in all presented their projects on the following topics Group 1: Graduate Assistantship, Group 2: Empowering floor reps in the halls of residence, Group 3: Conducive environment for differently abled people, Group 4: Special students’ population: Pregnant students and students from foster homes, and Group 5: Academic advising. At the end of the exhibition Group 1: Graduate Assistantship and Group 3: Conducive environment for differently abled people tied to take the first position. The occasion was graced by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Prof George Oduro), the Provost of the College of Education Studies (Prof. Eric Wilmot), Dean, School of Educational Outreach and Development (Professor Ernest Davis), Vice-Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (Prof. Kankam Buadu). The head of Teaching Support (Dr. Douglas Agyei), a representative from the Guidance and Counselling Unit as well as the Vice-President of GRASAG were present. The IEPA intends to make this a yearly event and hope that more faculty members and graduate students will be able to participate.
The Institute for Educational Planning and Administration has as its mandate to conduct research, provide innovative and quality professional training and consultancy aimed at improving educational practitioners’ capabilities and levels of competence and involvement in their areas of operations for sustainable development in both the public and private sectors. Through seminars, workshops and university teaching, the IEPA is expected to train leaders, planners and administrators, as well as experts and generalists in the field of education. In particular, IEPA primarily aims to: 1. Undertake research in educational leadership and management 2. Provide training and facilitation to improve the leadership and managerial capabilities of educational administrators and planners 3. Provide technical assistance and policy advice on issues related to educational planning and administration 4. Develop links with various agencies in education and other sectors, particularly the IIEP, for mutual engagements on educational issues 5. Promote professional standards among educational managers and planners through the establishment of a professional body/association and collaborations with other national and international bodies It is in this light of the above, that a workshop on the Education 2030 Agenda was held at the IEPA Conference Room on 4th May 2017. The Theme for the Workshop was “Global Development Goals and Education.” ▪ The purpose of the workshop was to equip senior members and research assistants with the understandings on issues of the Education 2030 Agenda and its implications for IEPA to be able to play its role in its implementation. Other lecturers from the College of Education Studies were also invited. The resource person for the workshop was Prof. Yaw Afari Ankomah, an expert in the area and who also happens to be with Institute. Topics discussed at the workshop included the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Education for All (EFA), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with emphasis on SDG 4 and the Education 2030 Agenda. At the end of the presentation, Prof. Ankomah stated that there is the need for a deliberate effort at doing many things. He made the following recommendations for education to be transformative in support of the new sustainable development agenda : ▪ Articulation of clear and shared understandings of what ‘relevant and effective learning outcomes’ are ▪ More rigorous approach towards monitoring the content of education, what is taught in classrooms, as well as the contents of teacher education programmes ▪ Curricula and textbooks to feature adequately in what is meant as education quality and not just a focus on learning outcomes ▪ Deliberate provision and monitoring of a fuller range of lifelong learning opportunities, including adult education; ▪ Putting in place effective strategies to directly monitor adult literacy skills ▪ Engaging community leadership in educational provision and school governance ▪ Producing appropriate learning materials and preparing teachers to teach in mother languages and ▪ Providing political and financial support for planning and implementation of education in all forms. There were eleven participants in all including the Director of IEPA, Dr. (Mrs.) Rosemary Bosu who officially opened the workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants expressed the view that the content of the workshop would be beneficial to the entire University Community and therefore recommended that a similar workshop should be organised both at the level of the College of Education Studies and at the University level as a whole .
A total of 15 graduate students have received an amount ranging from GH¢ 3000 to GH¢ 4000 at this year's School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Research and Awards Ceremony. Instituted in 2015, the Research Grant is aimed at supporting qualified graduate students to produce high quality research and to enable students to complete their research on time. The 15 awardees, who received a total amount of GH¢ 59,000, were selected based on strict criteria, among which were the quality of the research proposal and possible contribution to knowledge. The award winners were: Dorcas Blankson, MPhil (Soil Science), Vera Anyanwaa Essandoh, MPhil (Soil Science), Samuel Otoo, MPhil (Sociology), Asiama Aikins Amoako, MPhil (Sociology), Paa-Kwesi Sackey, MPhil ( Sociology), Edwin Kodwo Kuntu Blankson, PhD (Development Studies), Emmanuel Nuamah, MPhil (Animal Science) and Jacob Owusu Sarfo, PhD ( Health Promotion). The rest were; Louis Opoku-Mensah, MPhil (Animal Science), Bright Opoku Ahenkorah, MPhil (Health Education), George Agyei, PhD (Population and Health), Faustina Mensah, MPhil (Admin. in Higher Education), Awiah Dzantor Selorm, MPhil (Geography), Simon Ntumi, MPhil (Measurement and Evaluation) and David Baidoo-Anu (Measurement and Evaluation). Speaking at the ceremony, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, lauded the courage, perseverance and determination of the Board, the Dean and the Secretariat of the SGS for the initiative. Prof. Oduro congratulated the awardees on their hard work and commiserated with the unsuccessful applicants for their relentless efforts. He bemoaned the lack of funding as one of the major problems of research by graduate students. Thus, he urged the awardees to use the grant for its intended purposes. "Since you are the second batch of beneficiaries of this Grant, we expect that you become faithful ambassadors of this initiative of the SGS to your colleagues and the University community at large." He advised. Prof. Oduro gave the assurance that management was committed to exploring other sources of funding Graduate Research Awards. He announced that plans were afoot in completing arrangements for a research grant from the All Saints Education Trust in the U.K to support qualitative research-based thesis in the University. He praised Nana Sam Brew Butler, the chairman of the immediate past Governing Council of the University, for also setting up the Samuel & Emelia Brew-Butler GRASAG-UCC Research Fund to support postgraduate research at UCC. For his part, the Dean of SGS, Prof. Ernest Okorley, commended the awardees for their excellent work and urged them to be disciplined in all their endeavours and to remember to give back to society when they prosper. On behalf of her colleagues, a beneficiary, Mrs. Faustina Mensah, thanked the leadership of SGS for instituting the Grant to promote high delivery of post graduate education in the University. The ceremony was attended by the Provost, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Dora F. Edu-Buandoh; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. J. B. A Afful; Prof.. Vice-Dean of SGS, Prof Kamkam Boadu, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Educational Foundations, Prof. Prosper Deku, Vice-Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Siaw Frimpong; President of GRASAG-UCC, Mr. Seth Odame-Mensah among others.
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Cape Coast, has organised a roundtable discussion on the study on the link between group level political inequality and ethnic conflict in fragile states. The primary objective of the study, according to CDD, is to improve governance by reducing exclusion and discrimination of the ethnic groups and mitigate the diverse consequences of such policies. Hosted by IDS, the scientific engagement was on the theme "Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States." Presenting a study conducted by the CDD-Ghana, the Deputy Head of Research and Programme, CDD-Ghana, Dr. Franklin Oduro, explained that states were failing as a result of abuse of authority, comprehensive basic services and legitimacy. Touching on authority failures, Dr. Oduro said fragile states lacked the authority to protect its citizens from violence. On service failures,he noted that state fails to ensure that citizens have access to basic services, pointing out health services, basic education, water and sanitation, among others. As regards legitimacy failures, Dr. Oduro indicated that the state "enjoys limited support, it is undemocratic, acquisition of power by force and suppression of the opposition." He noted that access to state power focuses on ethnic groups controlling power alone, ethnic groups sharing power with others, ethnic group excluded from executive state power, ethnically unbalanced government structure, discrimination, among others. Dr. Oduro indicated that the scientific engagement was aimed at bringing the research work close to the academia. In his welcome address, the Director of the Institute for Development Studies, Prof. P.K Agbesinyale, indicated that the theme for the programme was timely especially at a time when the country was preparing for elections. He stated that the forum would afford members the opportunity to improve on the data set. The forum which is the third of its kind brought together academia and students.
A three-day international conference has been held at the University of Cape Coast with a call on participants to come up with policy-oriented decisions that will improve on the lives of the people. The three-day conference has experts from Ghana, South Africa and Uganda speak to the theme “Public Private Partnership in the Power Sector in Ghana: Genuine Development Agenda or New Business Deal? Speaking at the opening ceremony, Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, UCC, Prof. S. B. Kendie indicated that market-led reforms have been the driving force of the development agenda for countries implementing economic reforms under the guidance of the International Financial Institutions, and in Ghana this has been going on since 1983. “We have witnessed labour rationalization and retrenchment and wage freeze in several such countries accompanied in several instances by labour agitations and strikes and subsequent informalization of economies”. “The growing informal economy is characterized by low wages and poor working conditions. Many remain outside the tax net, which affect public revenue generation”. Prof. Kendie said removal of subsidies and imposition of user fees may have freed the national budget of some expenditure but these have also had some negative implications for the poor. Even though Prof. Kendie conceded that the tax net needed to be widened, he said the growing costs of energy and high interest rates were affecting the growth of business, which affects employment generation. The Director of Institute of Development Studies, Prof. P. K. Agbesinyale said attempts to reform public sectors are sweeping across Africa, but the attempts were generally different from those of the immediate post-independence period. Prof. Agbesinyale indicated that whereas the earlier reforms aimed at shaping public administration that could spearhead national development, the current reforms aimed at reducing costs and refocus the activities of the public sector, to change the way it works, and to promote the role of the market and the private sector both in the service provision and the economy at large. Keynote speaker, Dr. Gerard Kesterintimated that democracy could be seen in a double perspective. “It is not a procedure mediating between different political ideologies but is also itself an ideology”. He said the foundations of democracy has to guarantee the basic values of democratic society adding that that it should establish the primacy of individual freedoms. Dr. Kester said democracy has to be re-invented in a much richer and specific way than opening ballot boxes once in a not to frequent while, rather if democracy was to regain control over globalized financial capitalism, it should invent new instruments, not just those of the market, and not just parliaments and other formal democratic institutions. “One of the most important issues in the coming years will be the development of new forms of property and control of capital. New forms of participation and governance have to be invented”, he declared. Turning to democracy and controlled enterprise, the keynote speaker was noted that labour-capital -relations should be linked to the core values of freedom, equality, equivalence and solidarity. He averred that in the neoliberalism regime, owners do as they please but employees and other stakeholders also belong to entreprise. “Democracy cannot be banned from a place where many people spend a big part of their life and which determines part of their life outside the enterprise”, he said. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole chaired the opening ceremony.