The Director for the Center of Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Joseph Teye has appealed to government to develop policies that will help protect the rights of immigrants in Ghana to education.
Government should also ensure that the educational system is responsive to the needs of migrants resident in Ghana.
Speaking at the launch, of the 2019 National UNESCO Global Education Migration report, Prof Teye said children are most affected during migration because they are often left behind, which in turn stagnates their academic development.
This year’s edition of the report by UNESCO focused on migration, displacement and education.
It emerged that Ghana is the preferred educational destination for students within the sub region.
Findings from the report revealed unequal global spending on education by international bodies such as the world bank.
As a result, Ghana has been urged to create conditions that will attract development aid.
The chief of Mission for the International Organisation for Migration Sylvia Lopez explained the link between education and migration
“Providing education is an important way of addressing the driving factors for that because Youth umemployments to the key reason why young Ghanaians are leaving the country trying to reach Europe. When you talk about irregular migration they are thinking about Ghanaians going to Libya, and we know what is happening in Libya these days”.
The Director for the Center of Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Prof Joseph Teye highlighted salient areas of the report.
“We have seen that the relationship between migration, displacement and education is complex. We have also seen that the level of education also influences migration flows. So we think education systems should be more responsive to the needs of migrants and displaced children we have refugee camps in Ghana, thee are childrwen in the street and in the slums, what are we doing about that? Access to education of these children should be our priority”
UNESCO Representative to Ghana, Abdourahaman Diallo highlighted also stressed the importance of the report.
Stakeholders at the launch were hopeful that the report will strengthen the resolve to achieve sustainable development goal 4, which underlines education as a fundamental human right necessary for development.
Story by Nathaniel Nartey