The outgoing Country Representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mr Abdourahamane Diollo, has been honoured by the Ministry of Education for his role in the transformation of the country through education.
He was presented with a gift and a citation read for him to appreciate the significant contribution of UNSECO to Ghana’s education sector under his leadership, particularly in improving the policy environment for the teaching profession, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and gender in education.
The citation stated that his commitment and initiatives had also enhanced Ghana’s active participation in many global events that UNESCO had organized during his tenure as the Country representative in Ghana.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, eulogized Mr Diollo for his tenacity, commitment and willingness to go beyond what was expected of him.
“We are very grateful for your support and willingness to do more for Ghana and even more for Africa. Our place in the history of the Ministry of Education now has been seen by all and your contribution was part of it”. Dr Adutwum said.
The Education Minister recounted the role played by Mr Diollo when it comes to ICT integration and facilitation, grants, funding and other support to the nation’s education development.
“I must say that you have played a very significant role in the Ghanaian education transformation. The inspiration and the technical support from you and the assistance made us a better MOE”. Dr Adutwum stated.
“The unique development taking place within the Ministry is very significant in the country. Your name will forever be remembered by all Ghanaians in the transformation of the country through education”. He said.
The Education Minister stated that the unique role of UNESCO would forever be remembered in the history of Ghana as he wished him well in all his future endeavour.
Mr Abdourahamane Diollo on his part, expressed his profound appreciation to the Education Ministry on behalf of UNESCO for creating an enabling environment as well as cordiality leading to a very successful five-year working period in the country.
He was happy he had been able to support the development agenda of the country which keeps shining for the African continent.
“Ghana is thriving in various sectors so I urge all to keep working hard for the country to continue shining for the continent”. Mr Diollo said.
Ghana has benefited immensely from the operations of UNESCO for decades.
Mr Diollo who has been reassigned to Abuja, in Nigeria liaised with the various agencies under Ghana’s Education Ministry to promote development in various initiatives.
As part of UNESCO’s support to the host nation, it assist in policy development and sourcing of grants and other funding to promote critical sectors of the nation’s development agenda.