Guest post by Christine Kane from Internet Providers
STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering, and math, education is the key to any nation’s growth in the current economy. The trend away from manufacturing and towards science and technology cannot go unnoticed. The highest paying jobs are in those fields, and they have a desperate need for well-educated, native workers. Here are five reasons that education will lead to Ghana’s success.
- Opportunity–The need for educated workers is at an all-time high. The fields of science and technology are begging for people to come and work for them, but there’s no one available. Local businesses have to call in workers from overseas, at an incredible expense and loss to the community. Why should foreign workers get local jobs?
- Capacity – Ghana is one of the most populated countries in West Africa with a population of 24 million (U.S Department of State, 2011). Because of the country’s overreliance on low quality education in science and math, the financial growth of the economy continues to produce under capacity.
- Economy – In order for Ghana to have a knowledge-based economy, the country will have to ensure that the production, diffusion and use of the country’s technology and information are the key to its economic activities in a way to maintain financial growth and development in the country’s economy. According to George & Elizabeth (2006), “investment in knowledge refers to investment in areas such as research and development, software, education and basic science.”
- Schools – Vocational and technical schools allow for workers to be educated even while working. This gives students the ability to make a living and still further their education, leading to a better educated workforce.
- Competition – Once Ghana has the ability to be self-sustaining in its education and employment, they will be able to compete in the world market. Competition is a huge part of survival, and only through education will Ghana reach the level to become truly competitive.
The education of workers is one of the largest indicators of financial success in a country. Only through the efforts of higher education will Ghana be freed from the oppression of foreign labor and poor business returns. The education of workers should become a priority for Ghana, and other countries like it.
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.Africa Paper: Private returns to education in Ghana Ghana : Reaching out-of-school children Africa IMF Reports : Ghana 2009 Ghana: Plants and flowers Africa Mali : African hibiscus harvest success story