SCHOOL FOR LIFE’s UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER, 2016
During the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 MEETING WITH 2016 TEP PARTICIPANTS
As 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.
The 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.
The content for this year’s drama was further developed and rehearsed to reflect the theme for this year’s Ghana Seminar (People Moving).
Alhaji 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.
The Ghana group graduated from the meeting more prepared than before to participate in the TEP.
The 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
3.0 EDUCATION SECTOR WORKING GROUP (ESWG) MEETING
SfL 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.
Out of a total of 26 DEOCs, it was revealed that 16 were non–functional with the remaining 10 DEOCs performing below expectation.
Discussions 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 DEOCs.
4.0 PUBLIC FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) AND POLITICAL PARTY MANIFESTOS
SfL 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.
The 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
5.0 REVIEW 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.
The data 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
The 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.
All 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 networks;
ii. Establishing circuit, inter-circuit and District level SMCs and PTA networks.
The 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 SCHOOLS
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.
After 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.
SfL 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
SfL 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
The 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 programme.
12.0 SfL/Tzedek EQUIP
12.1 Project Evaluation
The 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.
The 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 and Literacy.
12.2 Project Staff Meeting
The project 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.