President Akufo-Addo delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony
President Akufo-Addo delivering a speech

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has called for the empowerment of refugees and other marginalized populations to gain access to education to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Addressing the 2017 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Qatar, Akufo-Addo also called on the international community to commit themselves to building a world where every child had the opportunity to better him or herself, according to a statement from the Flagstaff House, the Presidency on Thursday.

The Ghanaian president was speaking on the theme “Asset Over Burden – Education for Refugee Youth” at this year’s WISE, a global initiative designed to help transform education through innovation.

The event reflects the commitment of WISE to address important education challenges in times of instability and economic uncertainty, stemming from conflict, mass migration and growing inequality.

According to Akufo-Addo, access to education is the only way by which the world can foster a sense of cohesion and solidarity amongst displaced persons, and help create an enabling environment to spur them on to lead more purposeful and dignified lives.

“If the noble goal of the SDGs is to ensure that no one is left behind, and, among others, to guarantee education for all, then we must seek to empower those left behind as a result of conflict and war,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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