How can education improve national leadership? Lessons from Ghana
Higher Education and Developmental Leadership: The Case of Ghana
Amir Jones, Charlotte Jones & Susy Ndaruhutse
This new DLP Research Paper highlights the important role that quality education, at both secondary and higher level, has played in the formation of developmental leadership in Ghana.
The research team, from CfBT Education Trust and the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana, examined the educational background of 115 developmental leaders and conducted semi-structured interviews with 27 key leaders. Their findings include the way in which quality education (largely residential in Ghana) has promoted social integration and shared values, and can foster networks on which coalitions for reform are based.
- During their education, the leaders gained developmental leadership qualities (including core values, key characteristics and technical skills)
- Education has helped create shared values among the leaders, facilitate social integration and increase social mobility
- Higher education was critical to both the emergence of reform coalitions in Ghana and to their success in bringing about economic, political and media reforms.
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