Kumasi – Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and Ghana Education Service (GES) have launched the supplementary readership on social security for junior and senior high schools (JHS / SHS) in Kumasi.
The Supplemental Reading and Teaching Manual on Social Security for Students and Teachers was developed in collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to deepen students’ awareness of social security issues.
Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, director general of SSNIT, said at the launch that the supplementary reading manual would prepare students to insist on their right to social security as potential workers or fulfill their responsibilities as future employers.
The launch was under the theme “Empowering young people with knowledge in the field of social security – preparation for the future.”
He hoped that the initiative would help young people with the necessary knowledge and information to take control of their future and ultimately lead to the achievement of social protection for all workers in Ghana.
Rev. Dr. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, said the project should educate the young students as ambassadors who valued the essence of SSNIT contributions to a secure and comfortable future.
The Deputy Minister revealed that out of 11 million working people in Ghana, only 1.7 million contributed to SSNIT, adding that the 227,000 beneficiaries currently on SSNIT’s monthly payroll could have been more if more workers had contributed to SSNIT in their active work period.
Rev. Dr. Ntim Fordjour was hopeful that the project would raise nearly 10 million students in preschools with knowledge and values tailored to key national development priorities.
“As financial understanding is a key element of our standards-based and shared core curricula, we hope to educate nearly 10 million students in continuing education with knowledge and values tailored to key national development priorities,” Rev. Dr. said Ntim Fordjour.
He praised the team of authors and publishers for breaking down the Pensions Act 2014, as amended (Act 883) into simple concepts for understanding by all.
The Deputy Minister also appealed to SSNIT to create similar supplementary readers for the early grades.
Mary Owusu Afriyie, Ashanti Regional Director, GES, said the initiative would equip young people with knowledge of social security to prepare them adequately for retirement in their careers.
She urged all students and teachers to take full advantage of the initiative to upgrade themselves to a better future.