On Thursday 21st July 2016, NDK held its 25th Anniversary Lecture and CSR Foundation Launch at the Alisa Hotel in Accra. Mr. Anis Haffar chaired the event and Professor Ernest Aryeetey, the Guest Speaker, gave a lecture on the theme ‘The Politics of Educational Reforms in Ghana’.
Speaking at the 25th Anniversary Lecture in Accra, Prof Aryeetey said in principle, he is not opposed to the conversion but believes government cannot solve any problem simply by converting the polytechnics into universities.
“Do you solve the problem by re-designating them?” he asked, adding, “Everybody knows polytechnics are poorly equipped and if you have not provided those things and you change their names you have not solved anything.”
Drawing a distinction between universities and polytechnics, he said universities are there to generate ideas for the polytechnics to convert them into skills and not the other way round.
“When you turn polytechnics into university you are saying basically ‘spend more time doing research and generate ideas’, he said.
According to Prof Aryeetey, that is the last thing the country would want to do.
He said this way of addressing issues in the country has left the society in a more precarious situation than it was.
He called for the reform of the Ghana Education Service (GES). According to him, this could only be achieved if government allowed for wider public debate or discussion into restructuring of the GES to make the education system work effectively.
NDK used the occasion to launch its Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation aimed at aiding and promoting sports, health and education in the country.
The Foundation whose activities shall solely be funded by NDK has the overall responsibility for identifying the viable projects/programs of NDK’s CSR Activities which falls within the areas such as:
Education with focus on infrastructural development in the educational sector and establishment of scholarship schemes to assist needy but brilliant students.
Health with focus on infrastructural development in the health sector and assisting with specific health needs of identified individuals and
Sports with focus on hockey and the development of infrastructural needs related thereto.
To ensure smooth running of the Foundation, Mr. Oko-Nikoi Dzani, Managing Director of NDK has presented a cheque of two-million Ghana cedis (2.000.000) to a six-member board of trustees elected into office to steer the affairs of the Foundation.
The six-member board of trustees led by Professor Ellen Bortei-Doku Aryeetey of the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS), Chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees, Mr. Kwame Essah, Marketing and Sports Management Expert, MS. Kuorkor Dzani, Deputy Managing Director, NDK, Mr. Stephen Ntiri, Divisional Head of Finance, NDK , Dr. Lawrence Sereboe, Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre and Mr. D.N.O Sackey, Board Member of NDK Financial Services.