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the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following
participated at relevant sessions during the interactions between GV and its
partners on the E4L Programme in late April. Of particular significance were
the further exploration of the subject of Human Resource Management, follow-up
on financial/audit matters on the E4L Programme and the PSC meeting and
bilateral partnership deliberations.
GENERATION FOR 2018-2019 PROGRAMME
input to the ideas for the proposed 2018-2019 Programme hinges on the need to
change teachers’ attitudes through reflective practice, building on a project
SfL has done with Tzedek and for which there is a manual. This method has the
potential to add to the existing strategy on education as it is in line with
the aim of getting SfL methodology into the formal school.
PARTY FOR SfL STAFF
organized a short but impressive Send-Off party for two former Management Staff
of the organisation. The two former staffs, Madam Lawrencial Dakurah Abakisi
and Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah, served as Deputy Manager- Advocacy and Gender and
Deputy Manager – Finance and Administration respectively. The programme was
attended by staff of SfL and a lot of others from CSOs based in Tamale,
especially GDCA and members of the CBE alliance, representatives from Regional
Education Office, and members of the
SfL Technical Committee.
Programme Manager of SfL, Alhaji S.O. Saaka in his address, expressed joy and
delight in working with the two as his deputies and underscored the relevance
of their contribution to the success story of SfL. He thanked them for all of
the commitment and dedication they exhibited during the period that they worked
members, the NNED Coordinator and representatives of the GDCA/E4L, GES and some
SfL staff delivered solidarity messages.
part the two former staff thanked the TC, Management and staff of SfL for
recognizing their contributions. They promised to always avail themselves as
and when possible to champion the cause of SfL.
The two were honored with citations,
able top refrigerators and cloth/smock.
The occasion was also used to award Mr. Dasani Andani (Nanumba South
District Coordinator) as the most outstanding District Coordinator. He was also
given a citation, a refrigerator and a smock.
Past SfL Staff Receiving
IT TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CBE DISTRICT
training workshop on working with digital images and email administration was
organized for Coordinators across the 8 CBE operational districts. The workshop
was aimed at enhancing and facilitating the process of communication between
field staff and head office staff and also to help improve report writing and
presentation skills of the District Coordinators.
were also taken through the CBE monitoring checklist to ensure that a common
understanding was established pertaining to the administration of the
were also reminded to improve
on their reporting and be guided by the principles of responsiveness,
consistency, accuracy and promptness in their line of duty and to constantly
work closely with the District level authorities (DAs and GES) to consolidate
the gains of the Programme.
coordinators showed appreciation for the training, which they indicated, had
helped to boost their capacities for better performance.
CBE Coordinators During the
IT Training Workshop
6.0 WORKSHOP ON NGO FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIP
School for Life participated in a
one-day training workshop on NGO funding and Partnerships, The workshop brought
together corporate and civil society organizations and NGOs.
Among the topics discussed
included: Global trends in NGO funding, NGO Partnership and Networking and NGO
branding. Participants were also taken through steps for effective proposal
It came out of the workshop that,
there is the need for NGOs to be more innovative and strategic in terms of
resource mobilization and sourcing considering the downward trends in donor support
and funding. NGOs were also urged to form partnerships and to move towards
becoming social enterprises with a profit-making motive so as to continue to stay
ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING
SfL organized a CBE Alliance General Meeting, which
resulted in the following outcomes:
The need to organize
a one-day workshop to collate the views and inputs of members towards the
review of the National CBE Policy.
The need to liaise
and lobby appropriate individuals and organizations aimed at meeting the
Parliamentary Select Committee on Education and subsequently the Minister of
The need for IPs to
commit resources towards the sustenance of the on-going CBE jingles and the
need to step-up the CBE advocacy drive.
CBE Alliance General Meeting
FOR NORTHERN YOUTH CONFERENCE 2017- YOUTH NETWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
participated in the Northern Youth Conference of 2017. The theme of the
conference was: Projecting the North as Haven of Peace – The role of the
youth. In attendance were Traditional rulers, religious leaders, Youth
Groups, Institutional representatives, and schools. In line with the theme of the conference,
the Guest Speaker (Hikmatu Baba Dua) advised the youth to be wary of
politicians and not to allow themselves to be misused by other people. The
keynote address was delivered by a representative of the Northern Regional
Minister, who called on the youth to inculcate in themselves the qualities of
patience, tolerance and respect if they truly want to be peace ambassadors. He
also urged the youth to exploit the fullest use of their time in setting up
developmental agenda and defining their roles in both local and national
MONITORING OF CBE CLASSES
M&E Unit undertook the usual monthly monitoring of CBE classes in the 10
districts (8 GCBE districts in the Northern Region and 2 UNICEF sponsored
districts in the Upper East Region). Classes were observed to be progressing
well except for few cases of absenteeism and lateness to classes due to the
seasonal shortage of water in those communities.
monitoring period in the Builsa districts coincided with the distribution of
bicycles to CBE graduates in formal schools to facilitate their regular
attendance to school. Both parents and pupils were very grateful for the
support. The pupils promised to study hard.
10.0 DISTRICT COORDINATORS TRAINING
District Coordinators were given training
on Information Communication Technology (ICT) particularly in the capturing of
images in reporting.
training was combined with a briefing by management on the current status of
the Ghana CBE Programme after the current cycle (cycle 4) This touched on the
possible reduction of Programme districts because CBE will exit from 8
districts of the current 43 districts country wide. 14 districts to be implemented
solely by Government (GES and DAs) and 21 districts to be left for IP
implementation during the last cycle (2017/18) of the donor-supported cycle.
MEETING WITH KUMBUNGU DISTRICT
EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (DEOC)
Kumbungu endorses the establishment of Girls Model School (Junior High School)
in the Kumbungu District. This came to light when the DEOC held a meeting in
March 2017. According to the District GES Director, the rationale behind the
establishment of the Girls Model School is to encourage more girls in the area
to enroll and remain in school and to discourage them from travelling to the
urban centres to serve as head potters (kayaye) that increases their
of measures to help improve quality education in the district, the District
Education Directorate placed a ban on the salaries of six teachers who were
observed to be non-performing. Following this, the DEOC members decided to
undertake a comprehensive circuit level monitoring visits to schools in the
District to obtain first hand information about what happens in the schools. In
addition, the DEOC is proposing a district-wide examination for the students.
E4L will continue to monitor these activities proposed by the DEOC.
QUIZ/READING COMPETITION FOR LOWER PRIMARY PUPILS IN EQUIP DISTRICTS
and Inter-District Quiz/reading competitions were organized for lower primary
school children in all 13 EQUIP Districts. The quiz centred on image identification,
spelling of familiar and unfamiliar words, reading of short sentences and
reading of both short and long paragraphs. The best performing students from
each of the Districts were brought together to contest in the Inter-District
quiz/reading competition at 5 centres. Each of the inter-district contest
participants received a prize for making it to the inter-district stage. The
prizes were ranked and among others included textbooks for contestant’s current
class and his/her next class, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, school in a
bag, storybooks, mathematical sets and certificates of participation. The
District Education Directorates expressed gratitude to the management and staff
of SfL for this initiative and promised to adopt it for the purpose of improving
upon the quality of education in their districts.
display their certificates of participation at close of competition-Mion vrs
13.0 FOUR DAY REFRESHER TRAINING
WORKSHOP FOR CBE FACILITATORS
A four-day refresher-training workshop was organized for
facilitators in all 8 CBE operational Districts. 454 facilitators, made up of
343 males and 111 female facilitators, attended the workshop. The purpose of
the workshop was to re-visit what the facilitators have been taught during the
initial training workshops in order to ascertain the challenges they encounter
in using some of the approaches. It was also aimed at creating room for
experience sharing among both new and old facilitators. Experienced Resource Persons, supported by SfL
field staff, facilitated the workshop and monitored by the staff of the M&E
Unit of SfL. Facilitators took active part in all lessons and practically
demonstrated their understanding of the key concepts and principles through
group presentations and individual assignments.
forums at the various centers were lively and interactive, thus generating
useful discussions regarding the level of the “Soap money”, future professions
of facilitators, incentives and future of the CBE Programme.
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During the period under review, SfL
undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 CBE ALLIANCE TASK FORCE MEETING
organized a CBE Alliance Task Force meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to
review the status of the implementation of the 2016 work plan especially with
regard to the launch and dissemination of the CBE Policy and to plan activities
and budget for 2017. The meeting also discussed issues emanating from the Ghana
CBE Programme Annual Review Meeting organized by the Ghana CBE Management Unit.
The Following were
outcomes from the meeting;
o Members were informed that
the CBE Policy document would be reviewed and so it was important to make
contributions to the review process.
o A letter to be written to
the Management Unit, suggesting the way forward for the implementation of Cycle
o It was also agreed that
the 2016 work plan should be adopted for 2017.
GUIDANCE, LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR FEMALE
SfL organized a Career Guidance, Leadership and Entrepreneurial skills
training workshop for female facilitators of the Ghana Complementary Basic
Education Programme. The one-day training workshop brought together 110 female
facilitators from the eight SfL CBE operational Districts (Mion, Yendi,
Sagnarigu, Kumbungu, Zabzugu, Nanumba South, Saboba and Central Gonja).
The training, among others, was aimed at contributing to improve the
quality of life and general wellbeing of the female facilitators, as well as
support them to take up leadership roles in their communities as facilitators.
Participants were given the opportunity to share experiences on how they
have made use of knowledge and skills acquired at the last training. This
brought to light that some participants are now doing petty trading, e.g.
making and selling candies to augment their income, while two others were able
to register and rewrite the WASSCE. The two passed the exams.
observing a session on Liquid Soap making
CBE ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING
The Ghana Complementary Basic Education Programme
(GCBE) organized a 3-days Programme Implementation Review and Lesson Learning
and Sharing meeting.
This year’s review focused on sharing
experiences and key lessons from the 2015-16 Cycle implementation with special
focus on the results of the Learner Assessment and the programme implementers’
responsiveness to the Key Performance Indicators.
From the Assessment Report, the programme was found to
have attained an A+ grading. This excellent performance is not only
commendable, but also places a stiff challenge on the programme to sustain the
performance or even do better in subsequent years.
On the implementers’ responsiveness to the KPIs, most
organizations (including SfL) scored at least 90%. Thus the overall performance
of the programme was excellent.
during the CBE Annual Review Meeting
5.0 NORTHERN NETWORK FOR
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (NNED) REGIONAL CHAPTER MEETING
participated in a one-day workshop organized by NNED The workshop brought
together civil society organizations and individuals within the NNED fraternity
to discuss and collectively provide suggestions of technical relevance towards
the implementation of the Promoting
Transparency and Accountability in Education (PTAE) Project.
aim of PTAE is to promote transparency and accountability in the use of
education resources among education service managers by assessing the
performance and achievements of the Ghana Partnership Education Grant (GPEG).
PTAE project is expected to increase the awareness and involvement of 270 local
civil society members and 1250 parents from 25 districts in the management of
education resources in Northern Ghana and also promote adherence to effective
mechanisms for challenging education resources from central government to
decentralized offices in Northern Ghana.
was agreed that NNED members operating in the selected districts would be
responsible for coordinating the activities under the PTAE project. These members were selected based on
their inclusion in the organisational profile chart provided by NOYED for
members to fill earlier.
JOY OF READING
SfL has submitted an
application for Joy of Reading Award. The award is given to projects that
promote the joy of reading and fight illiteracy. The award is established by
the IT Company Systematic in collaboration with the Next Library Conference.
SfL with its passion for making more out of school children literate in their
mother tongue, SfL found it necessary to submit an application. In the process
of drafting the application, Inger/GV made inputs for improving the draft.
verification of CBE learners to find out the veracity of the allegation that some
formal school pupils have found their way into CBE classes in the Ghana CBE
Programme Districts was undertaken by SfL M&E unit and GES desk officers in
all GCBE districts implemented by SfL. The final result indicated that in all
the districts there were some formal school learners in some CBE classes even
though not very many as was alleged.
all, 9% of the enrolled learners were found to be formal school pupils. These
pupils have been removed from the CBE classes and immediately replaced with out-of-school
children in the affected classes. Special attention is being given to such new
learners to enable them catch up with the others.
OF CBE CLASSES
of CBE classes implemented in the eight districts of Northern Region and two districts
in the Upper East Region revealed that classes are progressing well all over. This
time, the change of government made it difficult for SfL to hold to hold such
meetings with the Assemblies since they (Assemblies) are still going through
some reorganization. Meeting with GES
staff, however, have been held without much difficulty.
For example in Kumbungu,
Sagnarigu and Central Gonja Districts, the SfL officers met with the frontline
Assistant Directors (ADs) including the CBE Desk officers to discuss the level
of involvement of the GES in CBE activities in the Districts. The District
Directors of Education chaired all these meetings.
9.0 UNICEF SUPPORT
has supplied 870 used bicycles to SfL to be distributed to CBE learners
integrated into formal schools in the Builsa North and Builsa South Districts.
These children integrated into formal schools in the two districts after
graduating from the CBE classes in July 2016. The distribution is being done by
the GES of the districts on behalf of SfL and UNICEF.
10.0 GV VISIT
Inger and Dean visited Tamale in the middle of February. SFL
was involved in many of the meetings organized by Dean at the E4L Finance Team
and Management Committee (MC) levels.
11.0 GDCA STEERING
COMMITTEE AND SfL TC MEETINGS
GDCA Steering Committee and SfL TC held their regular meetings. At the Steering
Committee meeting, SfL was singled out and highly commended for always holding
quarterly TC meetings and serving GDCA Secretariat with the highlights of the
meeting. Other GDCA Units were called upon to emulate the good practice of SfL.
the TC meeting, a suggestion by Management to suspend the recruitment exercise
to get a replacement for Lawrencia was upheld by the TC. The TC gave its total
concurrence to Management’s suggestion to rather support, encourage and grow
the CAO (Abdul Rahim) to add Gender to the Communication and Advocacy role.
This position was brought to the attention of the GDCA/E4L ED/PM who in turn
informed the GV Secretariat. Happily, both ends have given their No Objection
to this idea and also agreed that E4L will continue to support the Advocacy and
Gender position holder in SfL by paying the 50% salary for the position.
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the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following
GV MONITORING VISIT TO SCHOOL FOR LIFE AND E4L
participated in a series of activities marking SfL Committee/GV’s monitoring
visit to School Life and E4L in late November 2016.
range of activities was conducted including meetings/discussions, field visits and
a workshop on quality education.
comprehensive report covering the visit has been submitted by GV, in which the
developments and achievements occurring in SfL have been highly commended and
important follow-up actions recommended.
Participants during a group
session at the Quality Education Workshop
GES/UNICEF ANNUAL REVIEW AND PLANNING MEETING
participated in a 4-day workshop organized by UNICEF from 19th to 22nd
of December 2016.
rationale for the workshop was to assess the progress of work as per UNICEF’s 2016
Annual Work Plan (AWP) and draw a work plan for 2017/2018.
on the progress of work for the 2016-work plan were impressive as highlighted
in the 2016 work plan progress report. These not withstanding, few challenges
were pointed out in the areas of reporting and fund utilization within the
District Education Offices.
NGOs implementing UNICEF CBE presented the status of CBE implementation in the
project Districts drawing inferences on learners enrolment and retention, integration
and graduation with specific emphasis on the girl child.
on the 2017/2018 work plan were tailored towards sustaining and consolidating
the gains in the 2016 work plan and improving on the technical capacity of
partners through refresher programmes and workshops in delivering quality
4.0 STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON DRAFT GENDER IN EDUCATION POLICY
for life participated in a stakeholder workshop organized by the Ministry of Education
with the support of UNICEF on the 13th of December 2016. The
workshop was to review, update and finalize a draft gender in Education policy
for a holistic framing and coverage of critical issues in gender and education.
workshop also provided an avenue for developing guidelines for education sector
response to address the issue of pregnancy and schooling and also to facilitate
opportunities for young mothers to re-enter school at the basic and secondary
level, drawing inspiration from international best practices and evidence as
well as national experience.
Gender Education Policy provides that, among other things, adolescent pregnant
girls must be allowed to remain in school and encouraged to continue with
schooling at all levels of basic and secondary education.
Regional Director of Education addressing participants at
the Gender workshop
CONCEPT NOTE SUBMISSION ON “LEAVE-NO-GIRL BEHIND”
and YEfL have jointly submitted a
concept note as a consortium for the implementation of “Leave No Girl Behind”
Project, a new funding window under the Girls’ Education Challenge Fund a UK
No Girl Behind initiative aims at supporting interventions for highly
marginalized, adolescent girls who are out of school (either because they have
never been to school, or have already dropped out of school without gaining a
basic education) to provide them the opportunity to enroll in school or gain
employment or improve the quality of life of their family lives.
MONITORING AND SUPERVISION OF CBE CLASSES
and supervision of CBE classes continued in ten districts: eight for the Ghana
CBE programme and two under UNCEF support. Observations from the monitoring
indicate that the classes are running smoothly.
7.0 SEVEN-DAY REFRESHER TRAINING IN CBE
refresher training took place from 12th to 19th December
2016 in all the ten CBE districts.
objective of the in-service training was to accord the facilitators, especially
the new ones, to discuss with their colleague’s facilitators and resource
person’s challenges they have encountered during the first three months of
end of the training in the Builsa North and Builsa South districts, bicycles
were given to facilitators who facilitated in the previous cycle. This was due
to the delay in the release of funds from UNICEF to procure the bicycles.
facilitators were delighted to receive their incentives even though it was delayed.
OF GCBE ENGLISH PILOT PROJECT
December, the Management Unit and the GES headquarters monitored CBE learners
who benefited from the GCBE English Pilot to find out how they were coping in
the formal schools. This monitoring revealed that there were some formal school
children in the CBE classes. When this was brought to the notice of Management,
the M&E Unit was tasked to undertake a verification exercise with the
support of GES officers to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the information.
A report on the verification is being prepared for Management to adopt
strategies to ensure that only Out-of-school children or dropouts are enrolled
in the CBE classes.
9.1 ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS WITH DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES
AND GES OF FIVE NEW DISTRICTS
November, an engagement meeting was held with District Assemblies and GES of
five new Districts that were identified for collaboration that will last up
till March, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to provide detailed
information on the nature of the collaboration and also offer the partners the
opportunity to discuss the planned activity implementation with the project
management team in Ghana. At the end of the meetings all five Districts
Directors promised to support the collaboration to realize the planned
objectives. The five new Districts for the collaboration are Sagnarigu,
Mamprugu – Moaduri, Gushegu, Nanumba – South, and Mion. Below is a picture
after the engagement meeting with GES of Mion District.
9.2 PRESENTATION OF AWARDS TO BEST TEACHERS FOR THE 2015/2016
Twenty-four teachers made up of 3 each
from the newest 4 Districts and 6 each from the 2 oldest Districts were awarded
as best teachers for the 2015/2016 cycle of EQUIP. District Directors of
education and the Northern Regional Director participated in the awards
ceremony. Each award winner was presented a table top fridge in recognition of
their efforts and contribution towards the success of the project during the
final year of its operation.
9.3 TRAINING OF TRAINERS’ WORKSHOP FOR DTSTs OF 5 NEW DISTRICTS
Five members of District Teacher
Support Teams from each of the five new Districts were trained on the
modularized course designed for the new collaboration. The purpose of the
training workshop was to equip the DTSTs with the requisite knowledge to be
able to facilitate teacher trainings at the District level. The DTSTs were
confident of their preparedness to handle District level trainings and to
propel the agenda of the SfL/Tzedek EQUIP collaboration.
9.4 CIRCUIT SUPERVISORS’ (CSs) TRAINING FOR 5 NEW
line with the agenda of handing over the ownership and responsibility of
teacher trainings to GES at the District levels, 9 CSs from each of the 5 new
Districts received training on the modularized course to be able to facilitate
cluster and school – based meetings/trainings on the EQUIP approaches. The
training will also prepare them to offer on – the – spot coaching to teachers
whenever the need arises.
10.0 DMAG/TA-AG’s RETIREMENT
DMAG/TA-AG (Lawrencia) has served
formal notice to retire from SfL with effect from 1st March 2017.
PM has discussed the matter with TC Chairman and
also the GDCA Executive Director/E4L Programme Manager. The discussions have
led to a decision to advertise the position. The advertisement has been put out
and will be followed by the other steps in the recruitment process in January
and February 2017.
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the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following
WITH DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
SfL participated in a
Development Partners meeting organized by the Northern Regional Coordinating
Council. The meeting brought together Civil Society Organizations, Government
Agencies and Departments as well as the media to discuss and adopt necessary
steps and actions that will propel the growth and development of the region as
well as consolidate the gains and progress already made, especially in the
areas of education, sanitation and nutrition.
Some of the more
specific areas of agreement reached at the meeting included:
The need to draft a Northern Regional Profile
and subsequent presentation of the profile to the Expanded Regional Planning Unit.
The need to make available the national
policy document on sanitation to Government Agencies and Departments since most
institutions are not conversant with the national policy on sanitation.
The need to strengthen existing
approaches and strategies on CLTS to control open defecation and also the need
for communities and District Assemblies to take full control of sanitation
The need for Development Partners to
support the institution of a formidable M&E plan and strategy to enhance
effective data gathering and monitoring of activities of Development Partners
3.1 Pedagogical Training Workshop for Head
Head Teachers from across the circuits in Sagnarigu District benefited from
best pedagogical practices in Denmark through participating in a 2-day
pedagogical training workshop in Tamale.
training was facilitated by both Ghanaian and Danish participants. On their
part, the Ghanaian participants shared their experiences from Denmark and also
introduced participants to some of SfL/Tzedek Education Quality Initiative
Project’s (EQUIP) approaches. Among the approaches were the alphabetic
lid, guess my number, decoding, sentence maker, sentence puzzle, the noun game
two day training programme ended with participants expressing strong commitment
to spread the approaches learnt to the classroom teachers of their schools. The
Head Teachers also requested the SfL/Tzedek EQUIP team to offer their services
to them when they are called to facilitate workshops on the approaches during
school based in-service trainings
AT GROUP DISCUSSIONS DURING THE PEDAGOGICAL WORKSHOP
With 2016 TEP Participants
held two meetings with the 2016 TEP participants. The first meeting provided an
avenue for SfL management to formally welcome the Danish team into the country
as well as orient them on the cultural and societal norms of the Ghanaian
meeting also afforded participants the opportunity to recount and share their
experiences with SfL management ranging from observations in the Danish
cultural and societal setting, methodology of teaching and learning as well as
teacher-learner relationships in Danish classes.
The experinece sharing applied not only to the three Danish Teachers, but also
the four Ghanaian participants.
From the expereince sharing, it became clear, interalia, that
whiles teaching and learning in Danish classes were more of activity based and
practical interms of delivery, the same could not be said of teaching and
learning in Ghanain classes.
second meeting was held to evaluate the TEP following the end of the Programme on
the Ghanaian side. The evaluation exercise showed useful positives in the 2016
TEP owing to the novelty in the design of the programme itinerary. The
opportunity for participants to participate in the Denmark seminar for the
first time was lauded. The Danish participants underscored their appreciation
of how good it feels to visit a country like Ghana in this kind of arrangement
rather than as a tourist. They also pledged to play advocacy roles towards
winning and sustaining the interests of Danish teachers in the SfL/GV Teacher
Exchange Programme. The need for an association of TEP participants in Ghana
was also discussed and it is hoped that steps will be taken to make this come
SfL Management with TEP
Participants During the First Meeting
4.0 INITIAL FACILITATOR TRAINING WORKSHOP
Initial 21 days
facilitator’s training was organized in SfL CBE implementing area (8 Districts).
In all, 454 facilitators were trained comprising 114 females 340 males.
The objective of the
training was to introduce newly recruited facilitators to the CBE methodology
and to support the continuing facilitators to overcome challenges they faced
after one or two years as facilitators.
The facilitators were
taken through various methods of CBE, ranging from how to facilitate reading,
writing and numeracy lessons, to how to relate with the various stakeholders to
bring about the desired results.
Resource Persons used a
mixture of methods and created room for practical demonstration on facilitating
in CBE classes. At the end of the training, it could be seen from the practical
demonstrations of preparation and use of TLMs in CBE classes that the facilitators
has acquired new knowledge and skills in CBE facilitating
At the time the
training was going on, all teaching and learning materials needed for the start
of classes were being distributed to the District centres
FACILITATORS DURING A TRAINING SESSION
5.0 START OF CLASSES
FOR THE 2016/2017 CYCLE
CBE classes started on Monday, 10th October 2016. Ceremonies were organized at the districts to mark “My First Day
in CBE class”. These ceremonies were organized in collaboration with the
District Directorates of Education
DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WITH CBE LEARNERS ON “MY FIRST DAY IN CBE CLASS”
6.0 CAPACITY BUILDING OF LOCAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
workshops were also organized for the local committees in all 454 communities
to prepare them to support CBE classes in their communities. Topics treated
during the workshops included: the role of local committees; qualities of local
committee members; the role of local committee members in the integration of
CBE graduates into formal school; and how to motivate volunteers (facilitators)
to work effectively.
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SCHOOL FOR LIFE’s UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER, 2016
the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following
WITH 2016 TEP PARTICIPANTS
part of the final preparations towards this year TEP, SfL organized a one day
training programme for the Ghana group. The meeting was the final in a series
of meetings organized for participants. In attendance were two Resource Persons
were drawn from past participants of the Teacher Exchange Programme.
meeting afforded participants the opportunity to have a general view of the
programme ranging from travel documentation, home etiquettes, weather, dress
code, diet and nutrition as well as expectations and challenges.
content for this year’s drama was further developed and rehearsed to reflect
the theme for this year’s Ghana Seminar (People Moving).
Andani and Mr. Nasara, past participants of the TEP briefed the participants on
the differences in culture and lifestyles between Ghana and Denmark and called
on the participants to draw positives from such differences.
Ghana group graduated from the meeting more prepared than before to participate
in the TEP.
Ghana group are in Denmark for this year TEP and are expected back to the
country early next month.
TEP participant interacting with past
participants during an orientation
SECTOR WORKING GROUP (ESWG) MEETING
participated in a meeting organized by the Northern Region Education Sector
Working Group. The meeting brought together key stakeholders in the area of
education to brainstorm and discuss the poor functionality of District Educational
Oversight Committees (DEOCs) in the region as revealed in the November 2014
-June 2015 Monitoring Report of the Working Group and to find appropriate
solutions to the poor performance of the DEOCs.
of a total of 26 DEOCs, it was revealed that 16 were non–functional with the
remaining 10 DEOCs performing below expectation.
on the functionality of these DEOCs were tied to budgetary commitments and the
need to source funds to train and build the capacity of the 16 non-functional
FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) AND POLITICAL PARTY MANIFESTOS
participated in a stakeholder forum organized by the Integrated Social
Development Centre (ISODEC). The forum, among others was aimed at providing a
broad stakeholder consultation and discussion on the SDGs with specific
reference to political party manifestos.
forum afforded political parties the opportunity to explain their policies and
programmes, and how those policies can help shape and fast track the attainment
of the SDGs adopted in September 2015.
was agreed at the end of the forum that political party manifesto should be
made to reflect the prevailing developmental needs of the country devoid of
partisan interest which does not promote the course of national growth and
development. Political parties were also entreated to adopt proactive measures towards
ensuring violent-free elections in the December 7th 2016 general
OF DATA COLLECTION QUESTIONNAIRE
In response to comments and suggestions with
regards to the data collection questionnaire for the Education thematic area
after piloting it, it became necessary for it to be reviewed to include
separate questions for School for Life Local Committees and SfL Alumni. Some
specific questions were also re-framed based on comments and suggestions made by
the District Teams.
collection questionnaire for the Education thematic area is now complete for
continuous data collection in all the districts.
6.0 CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING PROGRAMME
Support Teams (DTSTs) and E4L field staffs from three E4L Districts (Karaga,
Savelugu and Mion) have had their capacities built on how to continuously and
effectively provide orientation, sensitization and training to SMCs and PTAs in
participants used case studies in more practical terms to demonstrate their
ability to support the SMCs and PTAs realize the impact of their actions and
inactions on education in their communities.
the DTSTs, apart from ensuring that all SMCs and PTAs in their districts are
functional, also made the following decisions on how to effectively engage the
SMCs and PTAs:
i. Establishing cluster based SMCs and PTA
circuit, inter-circuit and District level SMCs and PTA networks.
District Teams of E4L have been encouraged to make follow ups to ensure that
the above decisions are carried out.
7.0 WORKSHOP ON EARLY READING IN PRIMARY
The Chief of
Party of the USAID Partnership for Education: Learning has commended SfL for
its tremendous contribution in helping to bring about quality education in
Ghana. This was realized at a workshop organized by Ghana Education Service in
collaboration with the USAID Partnership for Education: Learning. The purpose
of the workshop was to explore ways to strengthen early reading in primary
schools in Ghana. The workshop gave NGOs that were invited the opportunity to
showcase their literacy approaches, delivery methods and materials used to
improve reading in their operational areas.
SfL’s presentation on the above areas, the Chief of Party of USAID Partnership
for Education appeared overwhelmed and commended SfL for its tremendous
achievements but was very much interested in seeing SfL’s approaches
mainstreamed in all schools in Ghana. She said USAID would support the
Curriculum Research and Development Division (CRDD) of the Ghana Education
Service to come out with a programme that would be meaningful to the Government
of Ghana with regards to literacy delivery in primary schools. She said as part
of the strategy to improve reading, a Literacy Advisory Committee (LAC), made
up of representatives from the MOE/GES; National Council for Curriculum
Assessment; National Teaching Service; National Inspectorate Board;
Universities and Colleges of Education; Language Associations (Ghanaian
Language and English) and Learning Team has been formed.
facilitated a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop organized by the Management
Unit (MU) of the Ghana CBE Programme for Resource Persons of all Implementing Partners
s for facilitators training. The workshop brought together 72 Resource Persons
from all 10 IPs. The six days workshop was used to prepare the Resource Persons
adequately for the cycle four initial training for Facilitators.
9. 0 CBE ENGLISH PILOT PROJECT
completed a two months CBE English pilot implementation in the Sagnarigu District.
An assessment has been carried out and a report is being drafted for submission
to the Management Unit
10.0 DISTRIBUTION OF TLMs
The distribution of TLMs for the
commencement of the CBE 4th cycle is also being done alongside the
monitoring of the 21 days facilitators training being carried out in the seven
SfL operational district
11.0 CBE IMPLEMENTATION
Piloting of CBE implementation by Government institutions GES/DAs has commenced
for this cycle in three districts of SfL implementation area and 15 districts
nationwide. The Assemblies and the GES
are given some key responsibilities to carry out to enable them appreciate what
goes into the implementation of the Programme. These activities include the
training of facilitators, Local committee members and the integration of
learners into the formal system. SfL held an initial stakeholder meeting with
the key staff of the institutions (GES District Directors; Desk Officers;
District Coordinating Directors and Directors of the Department of Community
Development) to brief them on the new paradigm of implementation of the CBE
programme. They appreciated the need for the show of sense of ownership of the
Programme and promised to work closely with SfL to ensure the success of the
12.0 SfL/Tzedek EQUIP
12.1 Project Evaluation
Education Quality Initiative Project, which was due to come to close in
July,2016 really was brought to an end with the conduct of Project
Evaluation.The Project Evaluation was purely an external exercise , led by Adam Kessler from UK and supported by Ibrahim Sebiyam from the Northern Regional Education Office.
purpose of the project evaluation was to assess the impact of the project on
education quality with emphasis on learning outcomes of children in Numeracy
12.2 Project Staff Meeting
ended with a project staff meeting held to discuss the preliminary findings of
evaluation. The meeting also provided an opportunity to thank the staff for
their hard work and dedication throughout the projects’ existence.
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report covers the period July to August 2016. During the period under review,
SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 2016 NATIONAL EDUCATION SECTOR ANNUAL REVIEW
SfL participated in the National Education
Sector Annual Review Meeting. The two day programme was attended by Development
Partners and CSOs in Education as well as other stakeholders in the public
sector of Ghana. The theme of the review was: SUSTAINING THE GAINS IN ACCESS
AND QUALITY EDUCATION AND ENHANCING LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR ALL
The meeting had a two-broad objective:
a. To review the Education Strategic Plan
(ESP) and b. To make inputs for the finalization of the New Frame work of
Inputs were mobilized from participants
after a team of consultants had made presentations.
The issues were then prioritized to show
what was critical for the next 5 years.
The groups also looked at the policy
objectives and the strategies and selected critical ones that should be taken
on within the next 5 years and also include sub objectives and strategies that
were missing for the consultants to consider.
3.0 MOTHER TONGUE ADVOCACY CONFERENCE
SfL participated in the mother tongue advocacy
conference dubbed “The Mother Tongue in National Development” organized by
GILLBT on the 7th-8th July 2016. The two–day conference
brought together Government agencies, Departments, CSO, NGOs and resource persons to deliberate on the adoption and usage of
our local languages in Ghana and how that can effectively promote the process
of education and sustainable development
The major highlight of the conference was to draw
public attention, especially the participating organizations and Government
agencies , to the role of local languages
in education and development in general, so they can reflect and
hopefully give due consideration to the role of predominant local languages or
mother tongue in the design and implementation of their development
was therefore a platform to advocate the use of many more Ghanaian languages in
formal and public education.
At the end of the two-day conference the following
were agreed on:
The need to expand and equip educational
institutions for the study of Ghanaian language-curriculum review and
Extensive research on language and
Citizen engagement in shaping local
language for development.
Parents should teach their children the
local language before any other non-local languages.
4.0 CBE ALLIANCE MEETING WITH GHANA CBE
SfL led a team of the CBE Alliance to make a follow
up with the Team Leader of the CBE Management Unit and the Chief Director of
the Ministry of Education, who is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the
CBE programme concerning the proposal of the CBE Alliance to launch and
disseminate the CBE Policy. The outcome was that though the Steering Committee
acknowledges the need for the launch of the Policy it considers the need for
the Policy document to be reviewed to reflect the current situation of out of
school children as well as update some information in the document before it
can be launched. The Alliance considers it prudent to review the document
before it is launched and disseminated. The CBE Alliance will therefore
continue to monitor the situation and engage the MOE for the early review of
5.0 GENDER TRAINING OF E4L DISTRICT TEAMS
The Technical Advisor, Advocacy and Gender provided
support to the E4L District Teams in the training of Groups in Gender. She also
supported in the organization of platforms for women to advance their interests
and issues. The platforms created the
opportunity for women to discuss and prioritize issues that are of concern to
them. The women were supported to draw up strategies / action plans as to how
to address the issues. Issues that were common among Groups were; lack of
capital to expand their businesses as well as add value to what they produce;
lack of portable water in the communities; poor educational outcomes leading to
drop out from school by both boys and girls; among others. It is envisaged that
with continuous monitoring, supervision and mentoring, the Groups will be able
to address many of the issues.
DISCUSS ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THEM DURING GENDER TRAINING
SfL participated in an annual stakeholders meeting
organized by RAINS. The meeting was attended by other NGOs, civil society
groups, government officials, opinion leaders and development partners at the
RAINS head office in Tamale.
The meeting was to share with stakeholders and other
relevant bodies the status of implementation of the Childhood Regained Project
in line with its achievements, threats and lessons learned from the project so
far and to collectively discuss with key stakeholders on the way forward
towards achieving the project objectives and broad goals.
The Childhood Regained Project is aimed at
empowering children (both school going
and out of school) through education, advocacy work and vocational skills,
support women groups through micro credit and strengthen community involvement
in decision making as a step to eradicating child trafficking and abuse in the
society. On education, the success stories of the School for Life Complementary
Basic Education (CBE) were a notable area identified by RAINS from which to
draw very useful lessons.
MEETING WITH TEP PARTICIPANTS
As part of preparations towards this year’s Teacher
Exchange Programme a meeting was organized for the Ghanaian participants at the
SfL Head Office in Tamale. The meeting afforded participants the opportunity to
discuss and decide on a drama performance on the theme “People Moving” for the
Ghana Seminar in Denmark.
The meeting served as a platform for the Ghanaian
participants to assign roles and practically demonstrate a play in line with
the theme. Participants were also guided in the drawing of an itinerary for
their Danish counterparts.
TEP Participants During
a meeting with Madam Lawrencia-Deputy Manager Advocacy and Gender
SFL MEETING WITH TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
The Management of SfL met with the Chairman of the
SfL Technical Committee. The meeting
sought to brief SfL Management on a discussion he had with UNICEF regarding a
possible collaboration between the two partners in the area of early child
marriage which has been a pressing issue in the scope of activities of UNICEF.
The TC Chairman and two staff of SfL paid a working visit to the UNICEF Zonal
office for further discussions on a possible collaboration.
It was agreed that, SfL should develop a concept paper
on the said area of intervention and submit it to the Gender and Child
Protection Unit of UNICEF.
The concept paper was then developed by SfL and
submitted to the Technical Committee for their review and submission to UNICEF.
CBE ALLIANCE MEETING
SfL facilitated the CBE Alliance Taskforce meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to update members of the Taskforce on the
progress made in the engagement with key partners i.e. MOE/GES, Management Unit
and the Steering Committee of the Ghana CBE Programme and Development Partners
on the launch of the CBE Policy and to take decisions on a way forward.
The outcome of the meeting was as follows:
Members decide that,
reminder should be sent to the Chairman
of the Steering Committee requesting a formal response of the Committee to the
CBE Alliance’s letter requesting for the
launch and dissemination of CBE policy
was decided that the concept note on the launch of the policy be revised to
include more details and to be sent to the Director of the Basic Education
Division, and to follow up this,
if possible, with an engagement meeting.
to ensure effective participation of the CBE Alliance on the Steering Committee
of the Ghana CBE Programme the Alliance should request to be represented
directly on the Steering Committee.
Members also agreed that in the
event where no positive response comes from the Director of BED and the
Steering Committee, the CBE Alliance should go
ahead to organize the launch on its own and invite the key partners to
10.0 MEETING WITH A TEAM FROM UNICEF
SfL Management met with UNICEF during the month of
July. The purpose of the meeting was to look at assessment and plans for
transitioning the current batch (2015/2016) of CBE learners. SfL Management made
the team to understand that even though the cycle started late, assessment and
graduation will be done in the third week of August 2016. According to SfL
Management, arrangements were ongoing to ensure that all the CBE learners
integrate into the formal school system.
11.0 DUAL DESKS FOR CBE LEARNERS AND FORMAL
The UNICEF Team announced that the organisation had
started distributing classroom furniture to the CBE classes and some schools in
the Builsa North and South Districts.
12.0 NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONS AS CBE
UNICEF worked with the National Service Secretariat
to get 10 National Service Persons to be trained as CBE Facilitators for Builsa
North and South Districts. Despite the challenges encountered in piloting the
use of National Service persons as facilitators in Savelugu Municipal, UNICEF
still believes that working with existing Government systems would be one good way
of sustaining CBE Programme. SfL Management reminded the Team about the
challenges but said the advantage of re-trying the use of the National Service
Persons with the experience in Savelugu would help ensure that the National
Service Persons work up to expectation.
13.0 TRAINING OF TRAINERS’ WORKSHOP FOR CBE
Management Unit of the Ghana CBE Programme, in collaboration with SfL offered
its 4th initial Training of Trainers’ (ToT) programme for 75 Master
Trainers who were in turn to undertake the training of facilitators on the CBE
programme for the 4th cycle. The workshop brought together 75 master
trainers from the ten Implementing Partners (IPs) made up of personnel from the
Ghana Education Service District Directorates across the five beneficiary
regions (Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West). The
Technical Advisor on Education was the lead facilitator of the workshop. Three
GES staff from Accra and one SfL seasoned Resource Person supported him.
of 68 participants, who were assessed in their ability to facilitate
effectively as Master Trainers for the CBE Programme, 56 (82) scored the pass
mark of 55%. Of this total, 10 were IP representatives. All the 10 IP
representatives qualified as Master Trainers. This meant that both GES and the
CBE Management Unit can confidently rely on 46 Master Trainers as a pool of
Resource Persons for future training programmes for CBE facilitators in the
country, if the 10 IPs are not to be included. Further, out of the 46 Master Trainers
identified from across the regions and districts, 32 of them were outstanding.
They can organize ToT for other Master Trainers in future.
TRAINING OF DTST MEMBERS IN KUMBUNG
In order to ensure the sustainability of E4L
activities with regards to empowering SMCs and PTAs in beneficiary districts,
the District Teacher Support Team members in Kumbungu District had their
capacities built, using the E4L Education Modules that were developed
Participants at the training workshop demonstrated
their ability to facilitate SMC and PTA meetings in the District. The
participants were taken through the overview of E4L strategies on education;
Good Governance and School Governance; School Management Committee; Challenges
and Effective Governance in schools; Parent /Teacher Associations and “Child’
and Child Labour”
The DTST members were asked to tell how they could
initiate the facilitation of SMC and PTA meetings and to ensure that the SMCs
form networks. The following responses were given:
will collect data on SMCs and PTAs from all the schools in the District.
will facilitate the meetings of SMCs and PTAs on cluster and circuit bases.
will work with the head teachers to factor in the establishment of SMC and PTA
networks in the district.
At the end of the workshop, the TA-Education
encouraged the DTST members to ensure that they have accurate data on SMCs and
PTAs so that they will be able to provide them with the necessary support,
especially with regards to their mandate.
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FOR LIFE’s UPDATES FOR JUNE, 2016
June, 2016 SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 Graduation of learners
of CBE learners took place between 15th and 30th June
2016 in all SfL Ghana CBE implementing districts.
usual graduation teams made up of SfL District Staff and Staff of GES carried
out the exercise with head office staff attending a number of the ceremonies
across the districts.
durbars brought together Local Committee Members, parents, Chiefs/Opinion
leaders, teachers and the learners.
staff (District/Head office), Chiefs/opinion leaders and the GES delivered
speeches at the ceremonies to highlight the importance of education and the
need for the children to continue into formal school. The GES officer tested
the learners in reading, writing and numeracy for all present to see what the
learners have achieved over the 9 months. Certificates were delivered to the
graduands to climax the graduation.
Savana and the Ghana News Agency covered three of the ceremonies at Sagnarigu
and Kumbungu Districts for the Ghana Today Programme. The Ghana Today programme
was aired on the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC) on Monday July 4
3.0 Meeting with DFID/USAID Annual Review
meeting was held between SfL Management and DFID/USAID Annual Review Team for
the GCBE Programme on 21st June 2016. The objective of the meeting
was to find out from Implementing Partners and stakeholders how the programme
is proceeding and to find out Government’s preparedness to provide funding for
the Programme after donor funding ends in 2018. They also wanted to know the
role currently played by the DAs and GES and whether this can be improved going
interacting with SfL management the team went to Kumbungu with the DMO to meet
the DA and GES and some Local Committee members. The meeting was attended by
the Assistant Director of the DA and the Deputy Director in charge of
Supervision of the District Education Office. Among other things, the GES
Officers listed strategies they are adopting to ensure that all children of
school going age enroll in school while they put in efforts to mop-up the
remaining OOSC in the District.
4.0 Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) Meeting
with Development Partners (DPs)
In June, 2016 SfL
participated in ESWG meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to review the
status of implementation of its activity plan and to plan for a meeting with
The meeting agreed on
the following, among others:
The need to improve coordination and synergy among NGOs in
Education in the Region and the District to avoid duplication and ensure
efficient use of resources; and
The need for a data base of all Partners
including the various interventions
also called for GES to review its standards and reset its targets to create
fair grounds for students to progress in the educational ladder. The ESWG also
used the opportunity to call for support from DPs to carry out its mandate of
supporting the Districts to improve on education delivery.
at the ESWG Meeting at the Regional Coordinating Council Pavilion
5.0 CAREER GUIDANCE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING
WORKSHOP FOR SABOBA CBE FACILITATORS
organized gender training and career guidance workshop for facilitators in the
Saboba District. The training was meant for the Female Facilitators of the SfL
Committee classes as motivation and encouragement for other females to become
facilitators. The training was also aimed at contributing to improve the
quality of life and general wellbeing of facilitators, as well as provide
information to them to make informed life choices. The workshop brought
together 46 CBE facilitators.
were taken through topics on Career Guidance, Entrepreneurial skills,
Environmental Health and Sanitation, Personal Hygiene and Reproductive Health.
facilitators were also educated on Adult Reproductive Health, personal hygiene
and malaria prevention and control. Through motivational talks they were
entreated never to give up on their dreams.
CBE facilitators During A Gender Training and career Guidance Training Workshop
female facilitators were taken on an excursion on the second day. They visited
the Tamale Airport and the Tamale Stadium. It was a life time experience for
them. From interactions with them it was obvious they were very motivated. It
is envisaged that they will share their experiences with family members,
friends etc., to attract more females to become facilitators.
6.0 Meeting with 2016 TEP Participants
part of preparations towards this year’s Teacher Exchange Programme a meeting
was organized for the Ghanaian participants. The meeting offered participants
the opportunity to have insight on the Teacher Exchange Programme and also plan
for a trip to Accra for Visa applications.
were briefed on the diversity in culture and lifestyles between Ghana and
Denmark. The Participants were encouraged to draw useful positives and lessons
from such diversities to enrich their stay in Denmark. They were assisted to
complete the visa application forms and briefed on the procedures for visa
part of its activities, SfL conducts CBE Learner assessment every cycle. Prior to
this exercise, SfL organizes orientation for selected GES officers who will be administering
the assessment instruments.
the 2nd of June 2016, School for Life organized a workshop at the
Holy cross conference Hall in Tamale. The workshop brought together 36
participants from 14 Districts in the three regions of the North, namely, Upper
East, Upper West and Northern Regions. The workshop served as a training and
knowledge-sharing platform where participants demonstrated their ability to
effectively administer the assessment tools.
and Numeracy assessment materials designed in 6 different local languages (i.e.
Dagbani, Gonja, Dagaare, Buli, Likpakpaaln
and Brefo) were distributed to the assessors in their respective
TA – Education, Alhaji Karimu A. Mohammed, demonstrated how to administer the
assessment tools as a way of ensuring effective assessment of the CBE learners.
The participants were also given the opportunity to demonstrate how to
administer the tools.
Karim giving a guide to participants on the use of the CBE assessment materials
training proved effective as participants were largely appreciative of the
knowledge and skills gained and pledged to contribute effectively in ensuring a
high quality assessment of learners.
Complementary Basic Education Programme English Pilot Project workshop
CBE Facilitators from Sagnarigu District have had their capacities built on how
to handle CBE English classes.
the plans to launch the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) English Pilot
Project in 15 communities in Ghana, Crown Agents through the Management Unit of
the Ghana Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Programme, contracted School for
Life to develop and review the Complementary Education Programme (CEP) English
Materials that were developed by the Education Quality for All (EQUALL)
Project, funded by USAID between 2006 and 2008. SfL was also tasked to organise
the training of the CBE English facilitators as part of the preparation to
launch the English Pilot Project. The
main purpose of the workshop was to orient the CBE facilitators on the
methodologies and skills of teaching basic oral English.
to the workshop, the resource persons met on the 18th and 19th
June 2016 at the School for Life Conference Hall to orient themselves on the
methodology and strategies regarding the facilitation of the CBE English Pilot
Project facilitators’ workshop.
9.0 SfL/Tzedek EQUIP
Quiz Competition for Beneficiary schools’ pupils
Following the intra-District quiz
competition organized in May, 2016, an Inter-District quiz contest was held for
pupils who ranked first in each of the three grades of EQUIP’s concentration.
Representatives from each grade in all the 6 Districts participated in the quiz
competition. At the end of the contest, Yendi Municipal won the first position
in all of P1-P3 to become the best competing District.
9. 2 End of year Test/Endline Assessment
June, 2016, 30 children made up of 10 children from each of P1, P2 and P3 in
110 treatment schools and 44 control schools were assessed in an endline test. 20
treatment schools and 8 control school pupils from Kumbungu and Savelugu were
also assessed under the pilot model of EQUIP. Also, 10 schools from each of
Saboba and Chereponi Districts were assessed as refresher Districts. The
purpose of the assessment was to measure the rate at which both treatment and
control schools have improved upon their baseline scores. It is anticipated that,
when the data is fully entered, the treatment schools would have improved by an
appreciable margin over their colleagues from the control schools. Pupils’
attainment levels in numeracy and literacy were assessed during the assessment.
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SCHOOL FOR LIFE’s UPDATES FOR MAY,
May, 2016 SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
with District Education Oversight Team (DEOT) at Saboba District
The commitment level of the DEOT in Saboba
regarding the execution of its mandate continues to rise. At a meeting that was
held on 4th May 2016, facilitated by the E4L Team, all DEOT members
were present. The main purpose of the meeting was to review their action plans
and look at the way forward. Key people such as the District Chief Executive,
the District Director for Education, the District Director of the Ghana Health
Service, GNAT personnel, Traditional Authority and Private Schools
representatives have always made it a point to attend DEOT meetings. This has
made it possible for them to carry out their action plans.
The District Director for Education
indicated that the Directorate had set up monitoring teams to monitor
activities of both teachers and pupils. She however lamented that some teachers
were not up to their tasks. Following this, the meeting resolved that punitive
sanctions such as demoting a non-performing circuit supervisor to a classroom
teacher should be implemented. On the part of non-performing teachers, the
meeting resolved that such teachers should be warned and if possible the
sanctions from the teachers’ professional code of ethics should be applied.
On the part of improving quality
education, the DEOT decided to conduct mock examinations for all transitional
classes (P3, P6 and form 3 of the JHS) in the District. It was agreed that
final year students of the Junior High Schools should start with the mock examination
package from the District. To facilitate the process, it was resolved that the
Education Directorate should organise subject teachers to set the questions for
the mock examinations, while E4L supports in the compilation and printing of
the examination questions. This means that E4L needed not less than one
thousand two hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC1, 200.00) to support in this direction.
District Coordinators’ Meeting with Management
CBE District Coordinators’ meeting with
Management was held at the sub-office to discuss, among other issues, staff
appraisals, ending cycle 3 of the Ghana CBE Programme and preparing to commence
District Coordinators were taken through
the appraisal forms to ensure that a common understanding of the form was
established. Areas given more attention were how to set achievable and
measurable targets and how to assess the targets; how to assess strengths and
weaknesses. It was emphasized that supervisors should engage their supervisees
one-on-one periodically during the cycle to assess the targets before the end
of the period. This will form a build up to the final annual appraisal. At the
end of the meeting there was a common understanding of the appraisal system.
District Coordinators were also informed
about the wining of bids to continue implementing CBE in three pilot districts:
Yendi; Central Gonja; and Zabzugu and the increase in number of classes for
these districts. They were also informed of the new roles the District
Structures (DAs and GES) are to play in CBE implementation under the pilot. Monitoring of CBE classes has been ongoing to ensure that the
cycle ends successfully.
4.0 CBE ALLAINCE TASK FORCE MEETS WITH
DIRECTORS/MANAGERS OF IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS OF THE GHANA CBE PROGRAMME
CBE Alliance Task Force held a meeting with Directors/Managers of organizations
implementing the Ghana CBE Programme (IPs).
It was attended by CBE Alliance Task Force members from Northern, Upper
East and Upper West Regions. The meeting
among others, was aimed at providing a broad stakeholder consultation and
discussion on the activities of the Alliance with specific emphasis on a
national, regional/district launch and dissemination of the CBE Policy and
strategies to actively engage the media and other key stakeholders in the
dissemination of the CBE Policy.
launch of the Policy will help generate a wider public acceptance and support
towards the Policy and help promote a better public understanding of its
operation. It is also envisaged that Government
would make budgetary allocation to continue with the implementation of the
Policy after the exit of the DFID and USAID support.
budget for the national launch of the Policy was discussed in line with funding
modalities and resource commitment towards the launch.
five member delegation was assigned to schedule meetings with key Partners
including the Director of the Basic Education Division of the Ghana Education
Service of the Ministry of Education, Development Partners, the Management Unit
of the Ghana CBE Programme and the National CBE Coordinator to solicit their
collaboration and support for the launch and dissemination of the Policy.
Participants at the
Directors/Managers meeting with the CBE
Alliance Task Force members
GES-ISODEC-VSO TENI II FORUM ON THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICY
On May 12 2016
SfL joined other key stakeholders in Education on a forum organized by GES and ISODEC
with support from VSO on the implementation of Inclusive Education Policy. The theme
for the forum was: Effective Implementation of Inclusive Education Policy and
plan in Ghana – The Role of Key Stakeholders.
The need for inclusivity was underscored by the Northern Regional
Director of Education.
Haruna Iddrisu (Tamale South Constituency MP) was the Guest Speaker and he
presented the keynote address, emphasizing Government’s continuous commitment
to successful implementation of the Inclusive Education Policy in Ghana. He
offered a wheel-chair to a pupil (Abdallah) of the Yumba Special School who is
physically challenged and an undisclosed amount of money as support to the
6.0 Advocacy and Communication Team Meeting
Advisors (Gender and Education), who are members of the Advocacy and
Communication Team, joined the rest of the members to develop advocacy
strategies and action plans for the thematic areas of the E4L programme. In
relation to communication and advocacy, the TAs also participated in the
quarterly Media Review Meetings and made presentations on advocacy issues on
the education thematic area.
the E4L Annual Report for 2015
two TAs also joined members of the MER Team to contribute to the finalization
of the 2015 Annual report of the E4L Programme.
8.0 SfL/Tzedek EQUIP
8.1 Reading/Quiz Competition for Treatment
the period under review, SfL/Tzedek EQUIP organized reading/quiz competition
for lower primary pupils of all 110 treatment schools. The purpose of the
competition was to inculcate the habit of reading among pupils and to encourage
independent learning among children. The competition was in two-folds (Intra
District and Inter-District). Participants who ranked first at the
intra-district contest will represent their districts at the inter-district
quiz competition scheduled to take place on 7th June, 2016.
8.2 Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness
The level of
teacher commitment and effectiveness was assessed in 6 schools of each of the 6
beneficiary Districts of EQUIP. Thus 108 teachers were assessed to measure how
effective they were in using the EQUIP methodology in lesson delivery. Among
the 108 were 54 teachers from 18 control schools whose performance will be
compared to the rest of the 54 teachers from treatment schools to measure the
overall performance of the treatment teachers over the control teachers.
Overall, the treatment teachers scored an average of 6% points higher than
their counterparts from the control schools.Teacher being assessed whilst he