The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has applauded the management of the Jackson Institute of Innovation and Leadership (JIIL) for taking a keen interest in youth development in terms of education and adherence to moral values.
He said the Institute since its inception has invested massively in youth training, counselling and coaching with its own resources as a private institution which is not common.
The Education Minister who was addressing students of Konongo Odumase Senior High School to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day said JIIL is making a significant impact with innovative initiatives aimed at building the capacity of students to adequately prepare them for the job market.
The event which was organised by JIIL sought to mentor about 1500 final year students of the school to prepare them for the next chapter of academic progression as they near completion of high school.
It was also to introduce Jackson Educational Complex to them as their preferred choice for tertiary education.
The theme chosen for the event was, “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today to Solve Critical National Issues.”
Dr Adutwum commended the Jackson Educational Complex (JEC) for the innovations it is bringing in the Ghanaian educational space, especially in the area of teacher training.
He said the exploits of JEC is what government expects from the private sector to complement its (government) efforts to raise the standard of education in the country.
He was hopeful that the Education Ministry would partner with JEC to extend such programmes to other Senior High Schools across the country, going forward.
The Minister reminded the students of the task ahead of them and charged them to remain focused on their studies to make good grades to justify the investment being made in them by both their parents and government.
“I want you to prepare well so that you can do better than those ahead of you and I expect that this year’s WASSCE would be one of the best in the history of the school,” he implored the students.
Mrs Theodosia Jackson, Principal of Jackson College of Education said the youth of today need counselling, coaching and role modelling to survive the increasing peer pressure influence in society.
She added that there are too many social vices that could lead the youth astray and jeopardise their future if deliberate steps are not taken to guide them.
“We are here today to encourage you to choose the right path and work hard as students to achieve your purpose of coming to school so that your parents and Ghana can be proud of you,” she observed.
She took them through the various courses offered by JIIL and the Jackson College of Education and gave them cogent reasons to pursue further education at JEC.