The Italian government has commended Ghana for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country, citing it as a catalyst to speed up the nation’s transformation.

Mr. Marco Riccardo Rusconi, Director of the Italian Agency for Cooperation, gave the commendation when he led a 13-member Italian delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Education Minister in Accra. The visit was aimed to deepen the already existing relationship between Ghana and the people of Italy, which spans several decades.

Mr. Riccardo Rusconi explained that the promotion of STEM education in the country would go a long way to train the needed technicians to operationalize industries and other institutions, thus boosting the nation’s economy.

He also used the visit to discuss other areas that stood a chance of promoting the development of the two countries.

The Director for the Italian Agency for Cooperation disclosed  plans to support the development of Ghana’s education by enhancing the curriculum as well as promoting entrepreneurship among the populace.

For her part, the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Daniela d’Orlandi, stated that efforts were being made to bring many investors into the country to invest in various sectors to boost the local economy.

She indicated efforts being made to establish a skills training centre in the country to uplift the skills of the youth as well as entrepreneurship.

The Ambassador promised to collaborate with various institutions and stakeholders to promote the development of their operations to improve the local economy.

For his part, the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, indicated that frantic efforts were being made to innovate the nation out of poverty.

He recounted how the introduction of the Free Senior High School program had boosted school enrollment in the country by creating the opportunity for many youths to access quality education critical in poverty reduction.

Dr. Adutwum reaffirmed commitment to help shift the nation’s education from the 19th-century to the 21st-century system so that Ghanaian students could compete with their peers across the rest of the globe.

He announced that moves were underway to introduce the Italian language in one SHS in Ghana to promote the speaking of the language in the country and the rest of the world.