27th National Conference of Ghana Music Teachers Association Held at UEW

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in collaboration with the Centre for Research, Culture and Creative Arts (CeRCCA, UEW) has hosted the 27th Annual National Conference of Ghana Music Teachers Association (GMTA) under the theme “Transforming Ghana’s Educational System to Nurture Twenty-First Century Citizens: The Role of Creative Arts”.

The conference, which took place at the School of Creative Arts Conference Room from Tuesday, 27th to Saturday, 31st August, 2019, was held under the distinguished chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.

Vice-Chancellor and Chairman for the occasion, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni

The Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa in his keynote address made a comparative analysis between the current world’s education system and that which pertained over a century ago.

He stated that a century back, learners were prepared to meet the industrial demands, trained to know specific answers and do specific things; and education delivery was designed to ensure that learners conformed to the work environment.

Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa in his keynote address 

“Today, while our society has become more dynamic with collaboration, negotiation, creativity and problem solving as key elements, our content and the delivery has become inadequate in aligning with the times hence, there is the constant need to review and reform our educational system to keep pace with the fast changing world,” Professor Opoku-Amankwa said.

Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni expressed pride and gratification towards the partnership between UEW and the Government of the Republic of Ghana in its quest to industrialise Ghana through the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme and revolutionising teacher education through the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) project and the new Standard-based Basic School Reforms being championed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).

Some members of the Association in attendance

The Dean, School of Creative Arts (SCA), Dr. Patrique deGraft Yankson indicated the SCA’s determination to leverage the exclusive mandate of the UEW, as an institution tasked to positively influence educational policies in Ghana, to ensure that the enhanced recognition given to the Creative Arts in the current educational review becomes fruitful. 

“We indeed acknowledge the thoughtfulness and timeliness in the current efforts at positioning the Creative Arts at the centre of the curriculum for basic learning and early childhood development. At the same time, we in the creative arts pedagogic fraternity are also very awake to the many implementation hurdles needed to be cleared if the role of the creative arts as an ultimate developer of a complete human being is to be realised,” the Dean said. 

Dr. Patrique deGraft Yankson, Dean, School of Creative Arts

Under the Chairmanship of Mr Michael Nsowah, Educational Consultant & Chairman, GES Governing Council, Lead Papers were presented as follows: “Transforming Ghana’s Education: Standard-based Theories and Methods” by UEW Alumnus and Ag. Executive Secretary of NaCCA, Dr Prince H. Armah; “The New B.Ed. Course Manual: An Introduction to Physical Education and Music and Dance (PEMD) by Professor Reginald T. Ocansey, HoD-PESS, CoE, UG-Legon.

The Conference was attended by distinguished personalities including Prof. Akosua Obuo Addo, University of Minnesota, Twin City Campus, USA, Prof. J. Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo, Dean-Centre for International Programmes (CIP-UEW), one of the founding members of the erstwhile National Academy of Music (NAM) Winneba, Augustine A. Bamfo Esq and the Director for CeRCCA-UEW, Prof. Cosmas W. K. Mereku, who was the brain behind the revival of the Association.

A cross-section of distinguished personalities at the conference

The Organising Committee consisted of Rev. Michael Ohene-Okantah (President-UEW), Mr. Emmanuel Gillette (Vice-President-Takoradi CoE), Dr. Eva Ebeli (Treasurer-UEW), Dr. Emmanuel Obed Acquah (Financial Secretary-UEW), Prof. Mrs. Mary P. Dzansi-McPalm, Mrs. Augusta Arko-Mensah, Dr. Eric D. Otchere (UCC), Dr. Mawuyram Q. Adjahoe (UCC), Mr. Augustus Edward Mensah (Aggrey SHS, Cape Coast), Mr. Kojo Sackey-Sam (Accra CoE), Mr. Bugyei Bonsu (Prempeh SHS, Kumasi), Mr. Emmanuel Gyebi (Winneba MGES), Mr. Felix Danso (Winneba SHS), Mr. Divine Kwabena Atta (UEW) and Stephen Osei Akyiaw (UEW).  

New GMTA Officers were elected and sworn into office as follows: President, Dr. Eric Debrah Otchere (UCC); Vice President, Mr. Emmanuel Gillette (Takoradi CoE); General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Obed Acquah (UEW); Treasurer, Dr. Eva Akosua Ebeli (UEW) and Financial Secretary/Assistant Secretary, Mr. Augustus Edward Mensah (Aggrey SHS, Cape Coast).

 

A musical interlude by students from the Department of Music Education 

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