The Institute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRACS) has organized the 12th edition of the Harmattan School under the theme “Depoliticizing Education for National Development” the Role of Academia, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners”.
The 2-day event which took place from 7th – 8th February ,2018 at the UDS International Conference Center drew participants from the public sector , civil society, academia and the development world.
Welcoming participants to the event, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G.A. Teye opined that the Harmattan School had proved to be not only a platform for academic peer review, but most importantly an avenue for the discovery of practical solutions to address the developmental challenges of northern Ghana in particular, and Ghana as a whole.
He bemoaned the politicization of issues of national importance, including education which situation in his opinion had even led to the misallocation of scarce resources. In a key note address delivered on his behalf, the Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Commended the University for Development Studies for introducing and sustaining the concept of the Harmattan School, and noted that the outcome of the School’s deliberations must have either directly or indirectly influenced government policies for the development of northern Ghana in particular and Ghana as a whole.
For his part Dr. E.S Mahama, Director of IIRACS stated that the Harmattan School was established to provide the required academic and non-academic platform upon which the University community and the general public could brainstorm on the way forward in specific aspects of the nation’s development.
The opening session was chaired by Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Director of UDS International. Also present were the Registrar of UDS, Dr. A. B. T Zakariah, Deans and Directors of Schools, Faculties and Centers, as well as senior members and senior staff of UDS.
SOURCE: University Relations