Harry Sawyerr recently retired as Minister for Education of Ghana, a position he had held since 1993. He spearheaded the development of the strategic plan for the country's major education reform, the Free, Compulsory and Universal Basic Education programme, kicked off in 1996. In 1995, Mr. Sawyerr was elected President of the Caucus of African Ministers of Education and Chairman of the Bureau of African Ministers. His career in public service spanned almost 30 years.