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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
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During April, 2016 SfL
undertook and or participated in the following activities:
Four- day refresher training for CBE facilitators
The last training for
the CBE cycle, 4-day zonal training for CBE facilitators, took place in all the
Ghana CBE Programme Districts in the 3rd week of April 2016 (20th
to 24th). The objective of this training was to prepare the
facilitators for the last lap of the CBE literacy cycle.
All facilitators participated
actively in the training, during which they shared successes and challenges
with their colleagues. The resource persons facilitated in addressing some of
the challenges identified. One of such challenges identified was children
having to go and fetch water sometimes from distant places due to lack of
portable drinking water, thereby getting late to classes. Their active
participation in group works and demonstration lesson presentations indicated
that they were poised to finish the literacy cycle well.
Negotiation meeting with the Management Unit of GCBE
Of the nine (9)
Districts that SfL is currently running CBE classes in, five (5) of them will
automatically go into the next cycle (i.e. 2016/17). Four (4) of them will end
in June 2016 and SfL has won fresh bids to continue in three of them under a
new arrangement to step up the roles and responsibilities of District GES and
District Assembles in CBE implementation. This new arrangement is regarded as a
pilot scheme meant to prepare the District level authorities to take over CBE
after 2018, when donor funding will end. In connection with the 3 new bids, SfL
was invited to a negotiation meeting with the CBE Management Unit (MU) to
enable the MU to finalize contracts for the pilot districts. The negotiations
were successful and very soon contract documents will be ready for signing
Working Visit of U.S Ambassador to a CBE class
The U.S Ambassador to
Ghana, Ambassador Robert Jackson, on 1st April, 2016, paid a working
visit to a SfL CBE Class at Tampe-Kukuo. He was accompanied by the Head of the
USAID mission in Ghana and other officials. The Ambassador, who could not hide
his joy, donated a wall clock and two (2) footballs to the class as a way of
showing his solidarity with the facilitators, the learners and the community at
Hands over football to a learner
During the period under
review, SfL facilitated a General meeting of the CBE Alliance. The meeting
reviewed activities and performance of the Alliance in the year 2015 and
approved the work plan and budget for 2016.
Prominent in the
planned activities are the National Launch and dissemination of the CBE Policy
and the need to engage Government to make budgetary allocation for CBE
implementation in the 2017 budget. It is important that the public is
sufficiently informed and educated on the CBE Policy so that it can gain a
wider acceptance and support from the general public and stakeholders.
5.0 Gender Training:
Gender training was
organized for trainers (ToT) in three Districts (Mion, Karaga and Saboba) of
the E4L programme. The training was aimed at equipping the District Staff and
representatives of selected groups with knowledge and skills in gender to
enable them also train the rest of the groups. The training was also meant to
create awareness among the groups of the inequalities that exist in the
communities/society between females and males and the need to consciously work
to remove the barriers that perpetuate inequality. The training revealed that while women were
over burdened with work, men had more time to rest and also that women had
limited access to and control of resources in the home and the community.
Representatives of the Groups came out with two strategies that they will use
to create space for women participation in their groups/homes and communities.
NNED Annual General Meeting:
SfL also participated
in an Annual General Meeting of the Northern Network for Education Development
(NNED). The meeting reviewed activities of the past year and planned for the
new year. The meeting agreed that, subject to constitutional review, the
current Executive Committee be made to run the affairs of the Network for the
next 4 months whiles a committee is tasked to review the constitution to make room
for a final decision on the status of the Executive Committee.
CBE ENGLISH PILOT PROJECT
The Management Unit of
the Ghana Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Programme plans to launch an
English Pilot Project in 15 communities in Ghana. Its objective is to test the
effectiveness of a model designed and implemented by the Education Quality for
All (EQUALL) Project between 2006 and 2008, to orient children to the formal education
system and teach them beginner English, before they transition into the primary
The English Pilot
project will focus mainly on the development of introductory oral English
skills through speaking and listening in the classroom with writing and reading
as support skills. It will be based on a
series of oral lessons, which are placed on flash cards and DVDs for the
learners to use in class. Picture, word
and sentence cards will also be used to familiarize CBE learners with English.
The English lessons will be in line with the vocabulary and context rich
approach used in the CBE local language programme. Each class will be expected
to develop some of their own small books and posters in English to enrich their
experience. The classes will also be
supplied with DVDs and players in which learners will be asked questions
related to the English language lessons.
SfL has since been
contracted to pilot the CBE English top-up Project in 15 communities in
Sagnarigu District. by Crown Agents under the Complementary Basic Education
Programme. SfL will be designing the materials for the Oral English programme
and also pilot the implementation of the English Project.
It is important to
emphasize that the English pilot will not disturb the integrity of the 9 -
months mother tongue CBE literacy cycle. The English pilot is a two-month
top-up that will be implemented after graduation.
8.0 SfL/ Tzedek EQUIP
During the period under
review, the SfL/Tzedek EQUIP carried out assessment of educational
infrastructure in some schools in the various districts. The assessment
revealed that the majority of the schools have small classroom sizes to
accommodate the many school children of the classes. A rather sad revelation
that came to light is the use of school mosque as KG for pupils of Bilsitua
Primary School in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipal. The other interesting
revelation is the lack of furniture in most of the schools, yet, some
substantial quantity of dual desks was locked up at the Municipal Assembly of
the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality. A follow-up is yet to be made to verify why
the DA and GES seem unconcerned about the situation, with specific reference to
the locked up dual desks in the assembly.
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The education unit of the Empowerment for Life Programme,
School for Life has been integral in the completion of E4L Phase III Programme
activities in the first quarter of the year. Technical Advisors for Education
and Advocacy and Gender, in particular, have been supportive in the conduct of
activities such as training on community entry skills, workshop on tools for
identification of target groups, community mobilisation and sensitisation as
well as capacity assessment of target groups. Beyond SfL’s engagement in E4L
Programme activities, other activities undertaken in the month under review
include the following:
1.0 CBE Alliance General Meeting
Following intense advocacy drive by the CBE Alliance, leading
to the approval of the CBE policy in December 2014, the Alliance held a meeting
in April 2015 to review its activities in the previous year and to agree on
some activities in the ensuing year. With the CBE Policy approved, the Alliance
recognises the need to mount advocacy on the Government of Ghana to make
budgetary allocation to ensure the continued implementation of CBE after te
exit of the DFID-support Ghana CBE Programme. Alongside advocacy for CBE, the
Alliance has employed the dimension of Regional Education forum with the view
to gaining broader stakeholder understanding of the need to address educational
challenges more holistically, especially challenges on quality education
Lawrencia, making a welcome address at the
CBE Alliance Meeting in April 2015
Following discussions and review of the CBE Alliance’s
activities in 2014, including the on-going work of the Education sector Working
Group-Northern Region, the Alliance members in the Upper East and Upper West
egions were charged to consolidate partnership with the Regional Coordinating
Councils and Regional Education Directorates to get them to lay key roles in
the formation and working of Education Sector Working Group in the regions.
Other key decisions made include:
Prepare a status report of activities and
achievements by the CBE Alliance, to serve the basis for revision of the
Monitor 2016 budget cycle and make inputs and
engage Parliamentary Select Committee on Education and MoE on budget issues;
Conduct Research on teacher quality and use
findings to organize national forum on quality education; and
Hold Capacity building training for Alliance
members on budgeting and advocacy.
2.0 SfL 20 years Anniversary Planning Committee
To plan for the celebration of SfL at 20 in Ghana, the SfL
Technical Committee established a sub committee, with three TC members to be
supported by SfL Management and Staff. The committee met and proposed a list of
activities that will build up to a durbar to be held in October this year. The
following activities were proposed to be held for the Anniversary celebration:
Media panel discussion and announcement on radio
stations regarding the SfL 20th Anniversary. A member of the SfL
Alumni would be involved in the discussions;
Friday and Sunday Prayers in mosques and
churches respectively, a week to the celebration.
Games between CBE learners in different classes.
Right to Play to be involved in supporting and organising Games;
Facilitation by old facilitators in CBE Classes;
Clean-up exercises in some CBE communities by
learners and community members generally; and
Hold the 20th Anniversary Durbar in
A tentative agenda was developed for the proposed gathering.
It was also agreed that some awards would be presented to categorised lists of
people for their immense contribution to the School for Life Programme.
Refresher training workshop
During the month, a four-day in-service training was
organized for CBE facilitators of both the UNICEF-funded CBE Project and the Ghana
CBE Programme. The workshop strengthened the knowledge and skills of facilitators to ensure successful
completion of the 2014/2015 CBE cycle. Topics treated included: setting the
environment for learning; instructional strategies; CBE method of facilitating
reading; teaching reading using complementary readers; Handling learners with
special needs; Facilitating reading lessons for Primer 2; and Developing
communication skills of facilitators.
Beyond this, the training offered a platform for
facilitators to learn from one another best practices in handling challenges
encountered in the classroom. During group discussions, Facilitators demonstrated considerable understanding of the
concepts discussed in the training. The 30 and 492 facilitators from the
UNICEF-support CBE Project and the Ghana CBE Programme respectively who
benefited from the training are expected to employ knowledge
and skills acquired in teaching learners in CBE classes to complete the
training modules before learners graduate later in June 2015.
Facilitators in the Sagnarigu
District having Group Discussions in the Refresher Course
4.0 Negotiation Meeting between SfL and Ghana CBE MU
SfL Management attended a negotiation meeting with the Ghana
CBE Management Unit in Accra in preparation for entering into agreements to
continue implementing CBE in 9 districts from the next literacy cycle. The
negotiation confirmed the number of learners per each district and the final
budget figures. Contract agreements are being prepared by the MU for signing to
pave the way for the preparatory activities to begin the 2015/16-literacy
Beyond the indication by the MU that SfL has performed
satisfactorily in the delivery of the Programme for the past two years, the
selection of SfL to continue to implement CBE in the 9 districts is a
reinforcement of the confidence entrusted in SfL as the Lead Implementing
Partner in the Ghana CBE Programme.
5.0 Staff Capacity
Communications and Advocacy Officer attended a day training
workshop on social media for results in Accra. The training was organised by
Penplus Bytes at New Media Hub, an organisation that specialises in Social
Media usage and engagement. The training deepened the knowledge and skills of
the Officer in engaging more with social media to communicate organisational
results. the content such as, features of good social media content, target
audience analysis, provoking interest and
social media metrics among others,
were useful in shaping the CAO’s understanding of engaging social media to
6.0 Meeting with
Official from Innovations for Poverty Action
During the month, SfL Management held a meeting with an
Official from Innovations for Poverty Action to explore the opportunity of collaborating
in a proposed research project. The said project seeks to make an evaluation of
SfL’s CBE Programme. In principle, SfL agreed to the idea and hope to partner
with IPA when funding is made available. SfL will review the proposal on the
said project and make an input before IPA submits it.
7.0 E4L Media Review
SfL participated in the 1st Media Review meeting
of the E4L Phase III Programme. SfL took the opportunity to officially interact
with the media about Governments approval of the CBE Policy. The media were
commended for their joint contribution to this achievement. They were, howver,
reminded of the need for continued advocacy for Government to make budgetary
allocation for CBE implementation.
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UPDATES FOR FEBRUARY, 2015
February 2015, School for Life conducted the following activities.
2.0 Presentation of Learning Materials (Primers)
under the Ghana CBE Programme
Management Unit of the Ghana CBE Programme in collaboration with the Ministry
of Education, Northern Regional Coordinating Council and School for Life
organized a ceremony for the Minister of Education to present learning
materials of the Ghana CBE Programme to CBE Classes. The presentation ceremony
was a symbolic gesture since the CBE classes for the current cycle have been
running since October 2014.
in selected languages on display during the launching ceremony
from the Education Minister (Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang), other dignitaries
who attended the ceremony included the Deputy Minister for Education in charge
of Pre-tertiary, the Northern Regional Minister, the Regional Director of
Education and some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Education
in the Northern Region. In her speech, the Minister for Education recognized
the efficiency and appropriateness of the SfL/CBE methodology in fostering
Minister for Education delivering her speech at the presentation ceremony
facilitators recruited and trained by School for Life to handle the CBE
learners, received the materials on behalf of the learners.
Facilitator receiving learning materials from the Minister
1.0 Minister for Education visit
to SfL-run Ghana CBE classes
the presentation ceremony, the Minister and her entourage, together with the
Regional Minister and the Regional Director of Education and some other
officers of GES were led by School for Life to visit two CBE classes in
session. After observing the lesson in the second class, the Minister for
Education expressed her satisfaction at the work of the facilitator and
indicated a wish to have him recruited as a pupil-teacher in the formal school.
To this effect, the Minister encouraged the facilitator to keep up his good
work, apply for pupil teaching and consider joining the Untrained Teachers
Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) course.
Education Minister asking the facilitator a question in the CBE Class
Minister having a discussion with the facilitator outside the class, after an
impressive performance by the facilitator
Minister’s visit to the Region, and particularly to the CBE classes provided a
boost to the efforts of all CBE players and stakeholders in the Region.
1.0 Meeting with Officers from
the Ministry of Education and the CBE Management Unit
An Official from the
Ministry of Education and the M&E Officer at the Ghana CBE Programme Management
Unit visited School for Life and held a meeting with SfL Management and Senior
Staff. The meeting sought to consolidate and triangulate data the official
collected from the field on facilitators and other matters related to the
running of CBE Classes. At the end of the meeting the Officer indicated that
data collected from the field on the processes of recruitment and training was
not different from what he learnt at the SfL Head Office. These activities of
data collection are meant to assist the Ministry in policy decision-making concerning
scaling up the CBE Programme.
The adoption of such processes
provides SfL with the opportunity to continue to play a lead role in ensuring
adherence to the components and values of CBE.
SfL Management meeting
with Officers from Ministry of Education and CBE MU
1.0 Drafting of Proposals
in response to UK Crown Agents’ Request for Proposals (RFP)
The Crown Agents sent out
an RFP for organisations wishing to be considered to implement CBE in the next
literacy cycle. For over two weeks in February, SfL engaged itself in drafting
proposals to cover twelve districts. The process continued into March. In one
of the drafting sessions, SfL invited the GDCA executive Director to join and
participate. The Executive Director’s participation enriched the process and
content of the Proposals SfL developed.
2.0 Meeting of the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG),
During the month under
review SfL participated in the Education Sector Working Group Meeting.
Members reviewed the
activities for the year 2014 and also planned for activities for 2015. To
ensure that the ESWG follow up visits in the Districts are effective and
efficient it was agreed that members should be put in two groups. This way the
size of the Team will be manageable, the cost of transportation will be reduced
and the Teams will also be able to cover many more Districts at any given time.
Members reviewed a draft
status report covering the ESWG activities for 2014 and significant inputs were
made to enrich the report. The report will be finalized for presentation to the
Regional Minister. A more detailed report will be compiled later to include
some activities covered in 2015 and made ready for distribution during a
stakeholders’ review meeting later in the year.
7.0 CBE Task force Meeting
SfL facilitated a CBE
Taskforce meeting which IBIS hosted. Members were updated on CBE Alliance
activities for 2014. Following this they went on to deliberate on a number of
issues. These include the need for a review of the 5-Year Strategic Plan of the
Alliance; the need for capacity strengthening of Alliance members and a review
of the CBE Alliance advocacy strategy.
Members considered the
need to diversify the activities of the Alliance not only to be able to raise
funds to sustain the Alliance after the Ghana CBE Programme but also to be able
to continue to respond to current educational needs. The implementation of the
Ghana CBE Programme nationwide is providing for access to education but quality
still remains a big issue and so focus should be shifting more to quality. The Education Sector Working Group whose
membership includes some members of the CBE Alliance is one platform/avenue for
monitoring and providing support to ensure quality of basic education.
In the light of the above,
members agreed on the need to revise the advocacy strategy for the Alliance as
well as strengthen the capacity of Alliance members to be able to engage in
more vigorous advocacy. The above issues will be presented at the National
Alliance meeting in March 2015.
On the issue of funding,
members agreed to put together activities of the Alliance for the year and
invite Implementing Partners of the Ghana CBE programme in particular to pick
items that they are willing and able to support. However, for more sustainable
funding, members decided that proposals will be written to seek funding from
8.0 Sensitization, Community entry and Mobilization of
Districts under E4L Phase III
The Technical Advisors for
Education and Advocacy and Gender participated in the E4L Phase III Districts
sensitization and community entry and mobilization activities. The District
Sensitization and community entry and mobilization are part of the start-up
activities that launched the Empowerment for Life programme in the programme
Districts and communities. The purpose
of the District sensitization was to orient, educate and provide information on
the Empowerment for Life Phase III programme to ensure that key stakeholders
within the Districts and Municipal Assemblies are not only aware of the
presence of E4L in the Municipality but that they have adequate knowledge and
information on the programme to enable them play their roles effectively.
The community entry and
mobilization was not only aimed at sensitizing the communities on the E4L phase
III programme, but also meant to gather information on the types of groups that
exist in the communities to enable the E4L staff to select functional groups to
Judging from the
participation of participants at the District Assembly orientation and the
community members it was clear that they appreciated the programme and are
willing to collaborate.
The Technical Advisors
also participated in 4-day training with other E4L staff on the Technical and
Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (TOCAT) and its application.
Significant contributions were made to the TOCAT to facilitate its application.
Participants later went to the field to test the tool.
9.0 SfL’s collaboration
with Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in
Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA):
SfL provided technical support to ACDI/VOCA under the
Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) Project by
training trainers on numeracy skills development. These trainers were to in
turn train Smallholder Farmer groups on how to identify numbers and do simple
calculations with regards to their farming activities. ACDI/VOCA under ADVANCE
II hopes to strengthen smallholder farmers through numeracy programs that will
empower the smallholder farmer, especially women, to get value for money in
their farming activities.
The trainers were taken
through the importance of numeracy to the Smallholder farmer, number
identification, writing numbers in words, networking and marketing. Part of the technical support involved
monitoring the activities of both trainers and farmers under the FaaB Project. The
CBE Monitoring Unit of SfL came in handy in this respect.
Though this collaboration
will last for only three months, it provides an opportunity for SfL to widen
its network of collaborators for possible future projects.
the month, SfL/Tzedek Education Quality Initiative Project undertook the following
Refresher Training Workshop for Head teachers and Circuit Supervisors (CSs):
refresher-training workshop was organized for Head Teachers of all 106-treatment
schools and 26 CSs from the six participating districts. The purpose of the
refresher was to update the participants’ knowledge of the EQUIP approaches to
teaching in order for them to be able to monitor and supervise teachers who are
at the implementing end of the approaches.
and head teachers were taken through the overview of EQUIP, role of heads and
CSs in EQUIP schools, effective monitoring and supervision and management of
school- community relationship. Other areas of coverage include but were not
limited to, Teaching pupils in smaller groups, the use of games in teaching,
cooperative learning structures such as mix and match, positioning, yaxy game,
and teaching early grade reading.
10.2 Support to District Directorates
of Education for Monitoring and Supervision:
the six participating Districts in the EQUIP Programme was given financial
support to aid monitoring and supervision. The financial support was meant for
supervision in the entire district, though with special attention on the EQUIP
This is seen as a way of contributing
to quality education in the Project Districts.
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UPDATES FOR JULY, 2014
In July 2014, the following were the activities
executed by School for Life with funding from DANIDA/GV, DFID, UNICEF and
2.0 NESAR Meeting (2014)
for Life participated in the 2014 National Education Sector Annual Review
(NESAR) meeting and was part of the Basic Education Technical Group. The group made
recommendations including the following, which were adopted by the meeting:
should make financial allocation to CBE from national education budgets and
capitation grant allocations;
Assemblies should adopt and manage CBE Programmes;
should set up schools in communities where CBE is operational; and
should facilitate nation-wide collaboration between GES, District Assemblies
and Ministry of Local Government for improved delivery of CBE.
was the first time in NESAR meetings, where such specific recommendations were
made with respect to the CBE Policy and the need for government to finance CBE
implementation in the country. In spite
of this achievement, SfL and its allies will continue to advocate for the
government to fully support CBE implementation throughout the country.
During the NESAR, the
Hon. Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Nana Opoku Agyemang, presented a Nissan
Navara pick-up and fifteen (15) motorbikes to SfL as its allocation of the
vehicles and motorbikes support to the Ghana CBE Programme. The receipt of the
vehicle and motorbikes will go a long way to strengthen monitoring and
supervision in the Project districts.
Minister Presenting the Pick-up and Motor Bikes to SfL
expressed Government’s profound gratitude to SfL and other Implementing Partners
for their efforts to get thousands of out-of-school children into school.
3.0 District Level Engagements with
District Assemblies and GES
Following the successful graduation of learners
in the first cycle of the Ghana CBE Programme, SfL conducted stakeholder meetings with officials of the District Assemblies
and the Ghana Education Service. The meetings were held with the District Chief
Executives and District Directors of Education, GES/SfL Desk Officers and other
Officials of the DAs and GES in all Programme Districts, to discuss and further
develop strategies towards facilitating smooth integration of all learners into
the formal school system. This became necessary to ensure that learners in
communities without formal schools are integrated. Among strategies developed
by the districts to ensure smooth integration were:
Ø * Provision of bicycles and tricycles to aid transportation of learners to
the nearest formal schools;
Ø * Establishment of Wing Schools in some communities without formal schools;
Ø * Engage organizations working in education to support learners (especially
females) with bicycles, uniforms and sandals etc.
SfL Staff in a
Meeting with Staff of DA and GES at the Wa West District Directorate of
The strategies will
serve as action points to ensure smooth integration of CBE learners in
4.0 Meeting with GES/SfL Desk Officers
SfL organized a meeting with GES/SfL Desk Officers,
who are responsible for SfL activities in the districts. The meeting offered an
opportunity for the Desk Officers to confirm the strategies that were developed
They were also
provided orientation on the use of the placement test tools for integrating the
CBE learners. This gave them insight into how to conduct the placement of the
learners when schools re-open. The Officers understood and appreciated the tools
and this will guide them to better conduct the test and integrate learners based
on their performance.
SfL Desk Officers in a consultative meeting with SfL Senior Staff to
develop Integration strategies
5.0 Graduation of CBE Learners in the
UNICEF Programme (Savelugu Municipality)
Graduation of CBE learners was carried out in 30
communities in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality.
A combined team of SfL CBE Field Officers and
staff of the Municipal Directorate of Education undertook the exercise. The
ceremonies were climaxed with the presentation of certificates to the
proudly displaying their graduation certificates
The team graduated 728 learners (478 boys and
245 girls) as against a total of 746 enrolled (483 boys, 268 girls),
representing 98% graduation rate. The project recorded 18-learner dropout (5
boys, 13 girls) representing a dropout rate of 2.4%. This is an improvement over last year’s
graduation rate of 97%.
6.0 Education Quality Initiative Project
EQUIP procured teaching and learning materials (Flash
cards, charts and textbooks) for distribution to beneficiary schools for the
2014/2015 academic year. The materials form an integral part of EQUIP
strategies to improved teaching and learning. This is meant to promote quality
teaching and learning and make classrooms of beneficiary schools more learner-friendly.
It is expected that beneficiary schools will procure more of the teaching and learning
materials using resources from the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG)
or improvise by using local materials.
7.0 TEP 2014
Preparations for the Teacher
Exchange Programme are ongoing. All Ghanaian participants have successfully
obtained visas and are in the process of making other arrangements for the