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Press Release

June 11, 2013

JICA and OHCS / CSTC meet Civil Service HR Directors

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The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) /Office of the Head of the Civil Service (OHCS) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have organised an interactive and collaborative meeting with Human Resource Directors within the Ghanaian Civil Service. The meeting helped CSTC obtain inputs into its curriculum development and training design presentation while it also secured support from the Directors regarding implementation of action plans formulated by their subordinates after being trained at CSTC.

The meeting was held at the newly constructed CSTC block, on 11th June, 2013. Participants included Mr. W. K. Kemevor, Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Dora Dei Tumi, Principal of CSTC, Ms. Emi Nishihata, JICA Assistant Resident Representative, other development partners and governmental officials.

CSTC is a training institution for civil/public servants which envisions being a centre of excellence and citadel of knowledge in training civil/public servants. The focus of the training has being to develop the functional effectiveness and efficiency of personnel through adult learning approaches. It is fast becoming the preferred centre of training for many civil/public service personnel across the West African region.

The participants also had facility-tour the newly constructed ultra-modern building which was supported by the Japanese government. The facility has state-of-art installations and conference rooms for training of civil/public service personnel in Ghana and those from neighbouring West African countries.

After the Welcome Address by Mr. W. K. Kemevor, Mrs. Dora Dei-Tumi, in her speech explained that; ‘With technical support from JICA, CSTC has been empowered to function professionally as a training institution. Thus, CSTC has the expertise in conducting Training Needs Assessment (TNA), design appropriate curricula that speaks to the performance gaps detected, develop standard manuals and models for the implementation of training and finally, monitor and evaluate the training conducted. Additionally, CSTC is well positioned to provide consultancy services in training institution management.'

She continued; ‘CSTC has introduced blended learning, which deploys the facilitator-led sessions as well as the use of e-learning materials to make learning interesting. Furthermore, CSTC improved on its service offering by ensuring that courses organized are skill-focused to facilitate the design of Action Plans for the implementation of relevant changes in the respective offices of trainees who attend our courses.'

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CSTC took the HR Directors through a special group discussion that had three main objectives:

1) Implementing the Mandatory Scheme of Service Training
2) Inputs into Curriculum Development and Training Design
3) Support from HR Directors for Action Plan implementation

Office of the Head of Civil Service has been collaborating with JICA to implement a three-year technical cooperation project since 2011. The objective of the project is strengthening institutional capacity of CSTC towards its functioning as the 'Centre of Excellence' in civil service training in the West African sub-region.

CSTC will hold the forth batch of Ethical Leadership for Quality Productivity Improvement for Civil Service personnel from Sierra Leone and Liberia from June 17th to July 5th, 2013.

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