UEW and Millennium Promise Alliance sign MoU on SDGs’ integration

By
J. K. Nabary, GNA

Winneba (C/R), Jan.
24, GNA – The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and the Millennium Promise
Alliance (MPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help
integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into the School’s curricula.

The MOU would enable
the two parties to build on their comparative strengths to engage in policy
research, analysis and advocacy, especially on the SDGs development.

Specifically, the
project seeks to facilitate the development of a curriculum framework to
integrate all 17 Sustainable Development Goals into tertiary education in
Ghana, especially the Colleges of the University.

It will also develop
an SDG-based programme for students, non-governmental organisations, executive
directors, government operatives and support policy research and analysis in
relation to sustainable development.

The MPA was selected
to represent Ghana (together with Morocco and Turkey) for the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Youth schools programme pilot to create
SDG-aligned curricula at the national level.

Mr Nathaniel Ebo
Nsarko, the Executive Director of MPA, a non-governmental organisation, which
supports countries to advance the SDGs, said they were in collaboration with
universities in Ghana to advance the course of SDGs.

He indicated that
through such collaborations it identified UEW, which had shown keen interest in
the SGGs, to co-host the Ghana chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions
Network.

He said the MPA and
UEW had had several meetings in the past year in respect of the project hence
the sealing of collaboration with MoU to build on the comparative strengths of
both institutions.

Rev. Fr. Professor
Anthony Afful-Broni, the Vice Chancellor of the UEW, said essentially UEW would
join forces with all other teacher training institutions to facilitate the
design and implementation of the SDG-based curriculum.

“This is to promote
transformative change among pupils and students in basic, high schools and
tertiary institutions, including undergraduates and graduate teaching,
professional training and adult education”.

According to him the
SDG-based academic curriculum would enable all lecturers to be trained and
develop their understanding of the underpinning concepts.

Additionally, it
will enable students across the country to explore the SDGs in the context of
their disciplines to be integrated into undergraduate and graduate courses as
well as graduate research trainings.

The VC, stated that
the SDG would be utilized by all curriculum and education content developers,
course coordinators and lectures, to help structure courses around real-world
collaborative projects for change.

He gave the
assurance that as an SDSN hosting Institution, the UEW would provide office
space and a secretariat within the University premises in to establish the
Chapter.

A detailed work plan
would be drafted to ascertain the initial priorities of the network to lead to
smaller event, workshops and podium discussions with members, partners and the
networks to support the awareness of the Agenda 2030.

GNA