The President and Vice Chancellor of Central University, Professor Kwesi Yankah was on Thursday July 7 honored for his exceptional and continuous administration and academic contribution to education.
The award was presented to him by H.E. Gerhard Brügger, Ambassador of Switzerland at the Ghana Impact Africa Summit held in Accra.
Professor Yankah was crowned with the Education Laureate Award for also being instrumental in contributing to national and intellectual discourses on education geared towards the growth and development of the country through his numerous articles and addresses on topical issues on education.
In his acceptance speech, Prof Yankah expressed his concern about the social disparity and inequities in education as well as access to quality education in Ghana.
This,he indicated is the reality on the ground in some regions as there are still primary schools without shelter and desks and schools with pupils having to travel over 3km across dangerous bridges to get access education.
He further mentioned that there is a visible correlation between education and socio economic development, stating that the four poorest regions in Ghana; Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Central incidentally happens to be the four least literate regions; although illiteracy rate has improved from 36% at the time of independence to 75% as of now.
Professor Yankah called for interventions from civil society, development partners, corporate Ghana and individuals for needy but brilliant students after narrating the ordeal of one Dauda, a brilliant young man who would have ended up on the streets but for his intervention.
Dauda is currently a student of the University of Ghana Business School. Professor Yankah dedicated the award to all the primary schools he survived including Duakwa Primary School, Akyem Akyeasi Primary School and Kwabena Nkrumah Middle School as well his alma mater Winneba Secondary School which he described as the best senior high school in Ghana.
The maiden edition of the Impact Africa Summit held at the Tang Palace Hotel attracted key members of the diplomatic corps, academia, government officials, civil society, and top local and international business executives among others.
Other personalities awarded at the summit included former president J A Kufuor for Leadership & Governance, Professor E.Y. Kwawukume for Health and Farida Bedwei as the African Rising Star. The rest are Ken Ashigbey for Media & Communication and Togbe Afede, for Business & Entrepreneurship.