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University of Mines & Technology and Small Scale Miners sign MoU

Prof Kuma in necktire UMat, in a hand shake presenting the MoU to Collins Osei Kusi, President and left of kuma is G. Armaah, Gen Sec GNASSM and other officials.

“The small scale industry in Ghana has boomed in recent years. Unfortunately, most of the operations are not skilled and there are several problems associated with the industry that can be avoided to make it sustainable” says the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Tarkwa.

To this end, UMaT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) to “foster industry-university collaboration in promoting sustainable small scale mining, learn standard acceptable best practices” among others. In addition, the MoU will ensure the training of GNASSM members in mining, surveying, geology, mineral processing, environmental management and reclamation”.

The above initiatives, fashioned and tailored to fit the peculiar nature of small scale miners will focus on a three tier training programme for the members with “Low Literate Level Training for GNASSM members with primary or no formal education, Middle Literate Training with Junior or Senior Secondary education or its equivalents and High Literate Training for participants with tertiary education.


The MoU signed recently at the Tarkwa, also seeks to equip all the various categories of miners with the basic training to enhance effective and efficient production and encourage the use of best standard practices in an attempt to promote sustainable small scale mining in Ghana.

Godwin Armaah    

Throwing more light on the venture, the General Secretary of the Association, Godwin Armaah expressed delight and was confident that members will take full advantage of the training. He explained that the authorities have expressed worry about how water bodies have been polluted, destruction of land with their activities.   

Course Content Tier One

The course will cover Mineral Resource Evaluation, Mine Planning and Design, Ground stability, Surface and underground Mining, Minerals Processing, Water Resource management, Environmental Health and safety management, Financial Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Mine Management and Mining Laws Regulations and Field trip.

Course Content Tier Two

The Middle Level course will cover Elements of Mining, Surveying, Geology, Mineral Processing, Mineral Resources Evaluation, Surface and Underground Mining, Material handling, Ground Stability, Environmental Health and safety management, Mine Management and Mining Laws Regulations and Field trip.

Course Content Tier Three

Almost the same in outlook, the High Literate Level training programme is much more deep in scope on all the above courses.  

Source: Seibik Bugri

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Comment by Tim Kerbashian on September 21, 2015 at 19:58

Wondering, who is providing curriculum content, and how competencies are being assessed. Also, are GNASSM miners being training in entrepreneurship.

Tim Kerbashian, Director, Confederation College, CANADA


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