Research Paper 26 - Higher Education and Developmental Leadership: The Case of Ghana

This study highlights the important role that quality education, at both secondary and higher level, has played in the formation of developmental leadership in Ghana. Its findings include the way in which quality education (largely residential in Ghana) has promoted social integration and shared values, and can help form networks and coalitions that have a greater chance of initiating and sustaining reform.

Key points:

  • 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.

This research suggests that education policy needs to incorporate not only important issues such as equity, human rights and poverty reduction, but also more strategic issues such as the development of good governance and developmental leadership.

 

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