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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


SfL this month:Posted by Abdul Rahim Tue, July 26, 2016 15:56:09


1.0 Introduction

During June, 2016 SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:

2.0 Graduation of learners

Graduation of CBE learners took place between 15th and 30th June 2016 in all SfL Ghana CBE implementing districts.

The 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.

Graduation durbars brought together Local Committee Members, parents, Chiefs/Opinion leaders, teachers and the learners.

SfL 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.

Radio 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 2016.

3.0 Meeting with DFID/USAID Annual Review Team

A 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 forward.

After 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 Development Partners.

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

Partners 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.

Participants at the ESWG Meeting at the Regional Coordinating Council Pavilion


SfL 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.

Participants were taken through topics on Career Guidance, Entrepreneurial skills, Environmental Health and Sanitation, Personal Hygiene and Reproductive Health.

The 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

The 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

As 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.

Participants 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 application.

7.0 CBE Learner Assessment

As 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.

On 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.

Literacy 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 languages.

The 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.

Alhaji Karim giving a guide to participants on the use of the CBE assessment materials

The 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.

8.0 Ghana Complementary Basic Education Programme English Pilot Project workshop

Fifteen CBE Facilitators from Sagnarigu District have had their capacities built on how to handle CBE English classes.

Following 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.

Prior 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

9.1 Inter-District 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

During 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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