Illegal mining has been identified as a major block to achieving the sustainable development goals in education.


The goal, which is to ensure that inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by the year 2030, seems to be a mirage due to the engagement of children of school going age in the act of illegal mining.


This was disclosed at the Quadrennial District Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) held in Ho in the Volta Region.


According to the Volta Regional Minister, Dr.Achibald Letsa, the activities of illegal mining have destroyed Ghana’s vegetation cover thereby hampering crop growth as well as threatening food safety and security.


It is for this reason that the government is taking the appropriate measures to ensure that such negative activities are controlled to safeguard the environment. “This is in line with the recently launched Multilateral Mining Implementation Project (MMIP) to address mining activities while creating genuine jobs in the process to furnish affected districts with resources and employ more people to scale up the human resource base” he said.


He appealed to stakeholders particularly teachers, religious and civil society organizations to join hand in exposing the negative effects of illegal mining on the education system in the country.


In a keynote address, Mr. Gabriel Korwutor, a retired educationist, described illegal mining as a very dangerous canker in the society and that it must be addressed with all the seriousness it deserved.


He was optimistic that education was a vital tool that could be used to curtail the menace and therefore emphasized the need for the Ghana Education Service to be accorded with the recognition as a transforming tool in the country.


Source: ISD (Cephas Aggor)