An important feature of Ghanaian tertiary education is the foundational African Studies Programme which was initiated in the early 1960s. Unfortunately hardly any readers exist which bring together a body of knowledge on the themes, issues and debates which inform and animate research and teaching in African Studies particularly on the African continent.
This becomes even more important when we consider the need for knowledge on Africa that is not Eurocentric or sensationalised, but driven from internal understandings of life and prospects in Africa. Dominant representations and perceptions of Africa usually depict a continent in crisis. Rather than buying into external representations of Africa, with its ‘lacks’ and aspirations for Western modernities, we insist that African scholars in particular should be in the forefront of promoting understanding of the pluri-lingual, overlapping, and dense reality of life and developments on the continent, to produce relevant and usable knowledge.
Continuing and renewed interest in Africa’s resources, including the land mass, economy, minerals, visual arts and performance cultures, as well as bio-medical knowledge and products, by old and new geopolitical players, obliges African scholars to transcend disciplinary boundaries and to work with each other to advance knowledge and uses of those resources in the interests of Africa’s people.
Proceedings, Founder’s Week Celebrations, 2013
Foreword — Professor Takyiwaa Manuh
Presidential Address: Education in the Age of Rapid Technological Advancement — Professor Francis K.A. Allotey
Basic Education in a Changing World: Rethinking the Role of Stakeholders in Ghana — Dr. Christiana Amoako-Nuama
The Quality and Inclusivity of Basic Education across Ghana’s three Northern Regions: Assessing Learning Effectiveness and Efficiency towards the Post 2015 Era — Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford
Reviewing Secondary, Technical Education and Skills Training in Ghana — Dr. George Afeti
Skills Diversification to meet Current and Future Labour Market Opportunities in Ghana — Professor G.K.S. Aflakpui
Higher Education beyond the Labour Market — Professor Helen Lauer
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture: Knowledge and Innovation for Agricultural Development — Professor Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere
Papers included are as follows:
Law as a Tool of Social Change – Nana Dr. S.K.B. Asante
Gender: Changing Roles and Perceptions – Dr. Afua A.J. Hesse
Gender: Evolving Roles and Perceptions – Professor George P. Hagan
Gender: Economic and Political Power – Nana Oye Lithur
The Changing Role of the Family in Contemporary Times – Dr. Eugenia Date-Bah
Gender and Contemporary Challenges – Professor Takyiwaa Manuh
Kwame Nkrumah and the Arts – Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia