During the period under review, SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 GV VISIT
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.