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‘Blame game syndrome’ can cause Ghana the SDGs

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 8, GNA – Ghana and other
Africa countries would not be able to meet their commitment towards the
successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if they
continue to wallow in the “blame game syndrome”.

Professor Kwabena Barima Antwi, an Associate
professor with the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the
University of Cape Coast has warned.

The blame games, he noted had been inimical to
the socio-economic growth and development of Africa and could prevent Ghana
from achieving the SDGs by 2030.

Prof Antwi said this during the opening of the
fifth quadrennial and 52nd Central Regional delegates’ conference of
the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in Cape Coast.

The conference was on the theme: “Transforming
Societies through Education: stakeholders preparedness towards Agenda 2030.”

He described apathy towards the national
course as destructive and had the tendency to kill initiatives.

“Whenever there is something to do collectively
as a nation, some people always distant themselves. Instead of supporting the
leadership to make things work, we neglect our duties and accuse each other.
This is a big problem in Africa,” Prof Antwi stated.

The United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals
in September 2015, with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure
prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

Each goal has specific targets to be achieved
over 15 years- September 2015 to 2030.

Prof Antwi appealed to teachers, civil
society, the private sector, Government and other stakeholders in the
implementation of the SDGs to eschew the blame game and concentrate on issues
aimed at achieving the goals.

He said the implementation and achievement of
the 2030 agenda called for strong collaboration and more inclusive processes
and commitment among stakeholders.

Prof Antwi noted that teachers remained
crucial in the achievement of the SDGs, hence the need to equip and add value
to them to enable them take the centre stage in the pursuit of Agenda 2030.

He said transforming societies within the
framework of the SDGs could not be accelerated unless Governments prioritise
the provision and delivery of quality education in the development agenda.

Madam Phillipa Larsen, the Acting National
President of GNAT, called on teachers to show commitment for the work that they
did and avoid negative practices such as absenteeism and laziness which
hampered quality education delivery.

She admonished teachers to think outside the
box and take advantage of available opportunities to develop and sharpen their
technological and methodological skills to enable them take lead role in
transforming the society.

Mr David Ofori Acheampong, National Secretary
of GNAT, encouraged teachers to be abreast of the 17 SDGs as well as their
required roles towards achieving them.

He said Government needed to provide adequate
resources in terms of teaching and learning materials, infrastructure and
teacher incentives if it was interested in raising the standards of education.

He assured teachers whose salaries were in
areas to remain calm as the Association continued to engage the Government to
get their monies paid.

GNA

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