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School for Life Updates

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This presents monthly updates of activities carried out by SfL in the Complementary Basic Education component of the E4L Programme

UPDATES FOR MARCH AND APRIL 2017

SfL this month:Posted by Abdul Rahim Fri, June 02, 2017 13:01:12

1.0 INTRODUCTION

During the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:

2.0 GV VISIT

SfL 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.

3.0 IDEAS GENERATION FOR 2018-2019 PROGRAMME

SfL’s 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.

4.0 SEND-OFF PARTY FOR SfL STAFF

SfL 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.

The 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 in SfL.

Some TC members, the NNED Coordinator and representatives of the GDCA/E4L, GES and some SfL staff delivered solidarity messages.

On their 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 Citation

5.0 IT TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CBE DISTRICT COORDINATORS

A 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.

Participants were also taken through the CBE monitoring checklist to ensure that a common understanding was established pertaining to the administration of the checklist.

They 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.

The 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 writing.

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 in business.

7.0 CBE 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 Education.

· 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

8.0 GUEST FOR NORTHERN YOUTH CONFERENCE 2017- YOUTH NETWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

SfL 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 development.

9.0 MONITORING OF CBE CLASSES

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

11.0 MEETING WITH KUMBUNGU DISTRICT EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (DEOC)

DEOC in 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 vulnerability.

As part 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.

12.0 QUIZ/READING COMPETITION FOR LOWER PRIMARY PUPILS IN EQUIP DISTRICTS

Intra-District 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.


Contestants display their certificates of participation at close of competition-Mion vrs Nanumba- South

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.

Open 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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