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The Ghana Home Economics Association (GHEA) was established in 1965 as a Professional Association of all Home Economists and its related fields in Ghana. It is a member of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) and Home Economics Association of Africa (HEAA)
The Mission of GHEA
GHEA’s mission is to promote Home Economics as a dynamic inter-disciplinary subject drawing its content from the sciences and arts, and applying its knowledge for the benefit of individuals, families, households and communities to enable them improve their wellbeing in relation to their economic, social, cultural, political and physical environment.
GHEA pursues its mission through consultancies, research, education, seminars, symposia, workshops, conferences, publications, community-based projects and by networking with partners in development.
- Promoting the status of Home Economics in Ghana.
- Providing opportunities through conferences, symposia and seminars to discuss developments in Home Economics and its related fields
- Promoting better living standards in homes, communities and the nation
- Maintaining high professional standards of its members
- Encouraging research and studies in Home Economics at all levels
- Maintaining relations with international organizations working for the sustainable improvement of homes, families and national development.
GHEA’s mandate therefore, is to:
- Establish and promote excellence in professional standards.
- Provide and encourage professional development.
- Support, facilitate and conduct research, disseminate and use findings to improve quality of life of families, communities and the nation as a whole.
- Position and promote Home Economists as leaders and experts who help individuals, families and communities to meet their resources management challenges of everyday living.
- Advocate for the profession, and for individuals and families.
- Collaborate with other national professional associations having similar missions or social concerns to create a better environment for sustainable development.
The membership of GHEA includes all Home Economics Teachers in Basic, and Senior High Schools, Colleges of Education, Technical Universities (Polytechnics), Universities, Nutritionists, Dietetics, Agricultural Extension Officers, Child Development Centers (Nursery, and Kindergarten Teachers), and all related Professions and Associations including Police Ladies, Lady Bankers, Prisons Ladies, Caterers, Beauticians and Dressmakers in Ghana. The list is unlimited.
Most people in Ghana are ignorant about the importance of the principles of Home Economics in sustainable national development as a result; look down on the course and profession. The general opinion about the course is that, it is about the three "S."
Sweeping (management in living)
On the contrary, Home Economics is deeper and wider than that. It draws from a range of disciplines to achieve optimal and sustainable living standards for individuals, families and communities. By implication, Home Economics is an academic discipline and a curriculum area connected to everyday living in households and in wider societal arenas. It is a science and an art. It applies knowledge in sciences and the arts as a result, one needs a science background to be able to read the course at tertiary level. Depending on the level of education, the academic discipline typically entails:
- Project management
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
- Personal Finance
- Child development and guidance
- Consumer education
- Family living and parenting education
- Fashion, textiles and apparel
- Food safety and nutrition
- Housing and furnishings
- Individual and family health including conflict management, and
- Leadership development among others.
The introduction of the Home Economics course into the school curriculum is to prepare individuals to establish families that build and maintain systems of action, which lead to
- Maturing in individual self-development –self-actualization,
- Enlightening cooperative participation,
- Analyzing and formulating social goals and means for accomplishing them –self-efficacy.
What are the benefits for reading Home Economics as a course in JHS, SHS, and at University Level?
The importance of Home Economics in promoting the Ghanaian cultural identity, healthy family living, improve the standard of living of individuals and promote sustainable development nationally cannot be over emphasized.
The course enables individuals to create not just worlds but best worlds for their families to attain their full potential.
It also empowers people to find ways of addressing teething family issues including adhering to positive cultural values, health, development, housing, environmental sanitation and preservation, and peaceful coexistence.
- Consulting in population and family health issues
- Management consultants
- Events management
- Fashion and design
- Lawyers –Human Rights, etc.
- Agricultural extension
- Home furnishing/décor
Ability to establish a micro business in:
- Foods: catering, restaurants, chop bars, etc.
- Fashion and Design business
- Accessories making
- Events management
- Family Counseling
- Child development: Nursery Schools: Ensures children are well catered for and create the right environment with the right resources for them to grow into responsible adults, attain their full potential, and make impacts in society.
Ghanaians need to be educated about the importance of practicing the principles of Home Economics and its related fields for healthy and sustainable nationwide family living.
The Ghana Home Economics Association’s 2017 theme is "Home Economics for Sustainable Job Creation and Healthy Lifestyle in Ghana/Africa".
Sustainable job creation and healthy lifestyle matters in a multitude of ways that are both immediate and far-reaching, ranging from food security through processing and packaging, healthy living and work life balance, entrepreneurship, to natural resource management and environmental health. Sustainable job creation and healthy lifestyle at micro levels alerts us to engage Africans to maximize their human potentials for economic independence and health consciousness. At macro levels, it turns attention to national identity, culture, human rights issues, justice and character.
❝ Healthy family living must be the starting point, and an ongoing foundation of a successful society. ❞ –Kudonoo, 2017
2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
❝ There are risks and costs to programs of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and cost of comfortable inaction.❞ –J.F. Kennedy
The Association is organizing its 2017 International Conference scheduled to commence on July 27 and end July 28 at University of Ghana Legon. The theme for the Conference is "Home Economics for Sustainable Job Creation and Healthy Lifestyle in Ghana/Africa".
The theme for the year’s conference throws light on a broad spectrum of contemporary perspectives, methods, and applications, which investigate those processes and outcomes that are associated with sustainable job creation and healthy lifestyle. Particularly, discussions will focus on the combination of theory and practice under the sub-themes listed below.
- Guaranteeing our future: local foods, innovation and value addition
- Sustaining food security through processing and packaging
- Healthy living and work life balance
- Culture, tourism, textiles and entrepreneurship
- Child development and wellbeing
- Sustainable/renewable energy in the home
- Rural urban migration, street hawking and kayayei
- Natural resource management, environmental sanitation and national development.
Over forty (4o) researchers from Nigeria, Finland, and Ghana have submitted research papers on diverse issues in relation to the sub-topics in the above list.
A professional development-training program is designed to train First and Second (1st and 2nd) Cycle School Teachers in related fields across the country. The objective of the training program is to sharpen their skills for effective teaching and learning in the various schools in Ghana.
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