The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on Friday February 2, 2018 got a standing ovation after he delivered a very tailored speech in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

Even though Nana Akufo-Addo is a known orator, what happened on Friday gave credence to that accolade.

Immediately he had finished delivering his speech, every dignitary in the room stood up and applauded the Ghanaian leader.

The Australian Ambassador to Ghana, Andrew Barne who was inspired by the speech took to his twitter handle to congratulate the President.

Speaking at the 3rd International Conference of Global Partnership for Education, he said Africa cannot continue to rely on others for support in the education sector.

He continued that the time has come for African leaders to wean themselves off donor support and take their destinies into our own hands.

This he said could be attained by eschewing corrupt practices and making good use of the abundant resources on the continent.

“We cannot depend on other people to finance the education on our continent. I am saying that not to turn my back or to be ungrateful to all these important or noble people who have committed themselves to helping, no.

“But, if we make our policy dependent on other people, when their policy changes, we will suffer. But, if we make the policy for ourselves, then it means that, at all times, we will be in control of our own destiny.”

Making a strong case on the need to finance education, he said his government has successfully implemented a free Senior High School policy.

A policy he said has been able to help some 100,000 Junior School graduates who would have stayed on the streets as a result of poverty.

“So, in the last 5 years, before my government came, every year, over 100,000 young Ghanaian students were unable to transition from Junior High School to Senior High School, largely because of money. Many of them fully qualified, but their parents were unable to support their higher education.

“We felt that at this stage in the history of our country, the Ghanaian State should take on that responsibility. So, as from September past, Senior High School education in the public school system has been made free.”

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