By Nana Achiaa Aboagye
St. Paul’s Technical School (SPATS) has been selected to run a pilot on a Certified Water Education Ghana Project. The plan is to draw up certified Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) programs in solar water pumping and water system operations and maintenance, including labs.
The Certified Water Education Ghana Project was initiated by Grundfos Safe Water and funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation in 2022. It is run by the charity Global Water Centre (Water Mission), in partnership with Grundfos, Safe Water Network, and Cleanearth Scientific, and Integrated into the Commission for TVET (CTVET) and Ghana TVET Service.
St. Paul’s Technical School (SPATS) is the first technical school selected to start running the Water Technology Program in Ghana.
The Vice Principal in Charge of Administration for SPATS, Mr. Kingsley Ayim Baah, said the school will organise a training of trainers session in September 2023 and roll out new curricula in January 2024 for new students.
The Engagement Manager for Grundfos, Mr. Xorlali Kpodo, said it is the first of its kind for students to enrol in a Water Technology Program in Ghana. He called on the youth to take advantage of the course to mitigate unemployment in the country.
St. Paul’s Technical School was established in February 1957 by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Missionaries Society of the Catholic Church in Ghana. It is the first technical school established by the Catholic Church in Ghana to equip the youth with employable technical skills.