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Submitted by DELALI NDO on
I have been concerned about the lack of sustainibility in development projects and programmes in my country, Ghana. thus between 2003 to 2006 put my shoulders to the wheel to find out the numerous 'whys' that are begging for anwers, fifty years after independence. some include, 'why did we have to divest over 400 of state institutions? Why are we very quick to abandon one project or facility for another, whiles insatiably craving for new and modern ones that we cannot maintain for ourselves, let alone produce? Why do we import all manner of ideas and baggage to create more problems for ourselves? Why do we lack sustainability and maintenance culture in our national effort? Why do we prefer things that are foreign and are we quick to accept them rather than those we are able to do ourselves? And why do we believe Ghanaians perform better in foreign lands than at home? Why has fuel (petrol) unnecessarily become such a political commodity in Ghana? Why do government workers always believe the take-home-pay cannot take them home? Is this belief totally true? Why has education not been able to provide the needed solution to our problems? Why does a vast majority not believe in the capacity of Ghana and themselves? Why has the capacity to feed ourselves remained so elusive? Why have we failed to make the needed impact in thinking local and acting global? Why do we have weak state institutions? Why does it take the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service over two years to pay newly trained teachers?' My study revealed that we lack a socio-culturally defined INTENT for education. this lack is the bane of our woes, and the woes of most countries that had ever been colonised. the content od education do not have the capacity to produce the human capital that has the capacity to address releveant issues within the socio-cultural context. this lack has build attitudes that do not inure to sound development. thus no matter the amount of money that donors and governments pump into education, we shall only produce human capital that cannot rise up to our developmental challenges. can you imagine the billions of dollars that have gone down the drain since independence in each independent African country? this is os because there is a major socio-cultural gap that we hace not found to address. to answer this, We designed a training tool called, 'THE BACK TO ROOTS PROJECT' aimed at addressing this project. the pilot phase was undertaken between 2007 and 2008 with resounding success, with grant support SPPED GHANA funded by DANIDA and GTZ. it is clear that what we call education is really miseducation. this is because education must be able to produce graduates who are challenged to address local developmental challenges. but this is not the case with us. the more one gets educated, the more the one shuns the rural he comes from with the complaint that there too many challenges there. thus they are mainly rushing to the urban centres. the educational systems need re-focus to deal with fundamental challenges with our development on which foreign prescription can be well suited to sit on. until that is done, we shall keep filling the passages with lamentations that we think are solutions our developmerntal challenges. i will be glad to share more on this with whoever will be interested.