During the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 GV MONITORING VISIT TO SCHOOL FOR LIFE AND E4L
SfL participated in a series of activities marking SfL Committee/GV’s monitoring visit to School Life and E4L in late November 2016.
A wide 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.
3.0 GES/UNICEF ANNUAL REVIEW AND PLANNING MEETING
SfL participated in a 4-day workshop organized by UNICEF from 19th to 22nd of December 2016.
The 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.
Discussions 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.
Participating 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.
Discussions 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 education.
4.0 STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON DRAFT GENDER IN EDUCATION POLICY
School 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.
The 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
5.0 CONCEPT NOTE SUBMISSION ON “LEAVE-NO-GIRL BEHIND”
SfL, GDCA 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 Aid initiative.
The Leave 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.
6.0 MONITORING AND SUPERVISION OF CBE CLASSES
Monitoring 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 OPERATIONAL DISTRICTS
Seven-day refresher training took place from 12th to 19th December 2016 in all the ten CBE districts.
The 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 facilitating.
At the 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.
The facilitators were delighted to receive their incentives even though it was delayed.
8.0 MONITORING OF GCBE ENGLISH PILOT PROJECT
During 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.
9.0 SfL/Tzedek (EQUIP)
9.1 ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS WITH DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES AND GES OF FIVE NEW DISTRICTS
In 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 CYCLE
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 DISTRICTS
In 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.