During June 2017, SfL undertook and or
participated in the following activities:
1.0 E4L MEDIA REVIW
As part of activities towards advancing the course of advocacy under the E4L Programme, the Advocacy and Communications Team (ACT) organised a media review for the quarter. The rationale for the media review was to provide a common platform for interaction between the media and duty bearers in some selected programme Districts namely Mion, Karaga and Savelugu.
Advocacy issues within the Districts were prioritised and brought to the fore. Issues of student dropouts, teacher absenteeism and poor road network to farming communities were deemed topical and worth advocating for.
For the first time ever, the media were sent to the Districts to ascertain the reality of the issues and interact with key stakeholders such as the Chiefs, District Assemblies, District Education Officers and Youth Groups.
In all the Districts, the key stakeholders underscored
the relevance of the media review and appealed to the E4L Programme to, on
regular basis, organise such media reviews to aid expose the daunting
challenges in the Districts. They also used the opportunity to appeal to
Government, NGOs and civil society organisations to, as a matter of urgency,
come to their aid.
A Cross-section of Students Interacting with the Media
2.0 CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SfL WEBSITE
Owing to the need to better position SfL and enhance its brand, SfL Management, together with GV, agreed on the need to develop a new website for the organization. As part of this arrangement, SfL has provided some inputs to enable GV to work on constructing the website. The development of the new website will better project SfL development works to donor agencies and also offer SfL the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and stakeholders. The goal is to deliver a top-class website, which is expected to go live in late August this year.
3.0 NEGOTIATION MEETING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GHANA COMPLEMENTARY BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR CYCLE 5
Management of SfL attended a negotiation meeting in Accra. This paved the way for signing of a contract for SfL to implement GCBE Programme in four districts for Cycle 5 (2017/18). SfL is now awaiting the release of funds by the Programme Management Unit.
The following enrollment targets have been set by the Management Unit for the SfL Districts.
· Nanumba South District – 1,400 learners
· Mion district – 1,200 learners
· Saboba District- 900 learners
· Kumbungu – 500 learners
4.0 MEETING WITH CROWN AGENTS DELEGATION
The Management and staff of SfL held a meeting with a delegation from Crown Agents. The meeting was held at the instance of Crown Agents. The purpose of the meeting was to enable Crown Agents have an insight on the genesis of Complementary Basic Education and the impact it has made so far. Crown Agents was represented by Holly, from the Crown Agents’ communication team and Justice represented the Management Unit of the GCBE. As pioneers of Complementary Basic Education services in Ghana, the Management of SfL took the team through the history surrounding SfL with particular mention/emphasis on the role of GDCA and the Danish Partner group (GV). The specific approaches of SfL to the teaching of out-of-school-children were shared with the team. As response to what makes the SfL’s methodology unique; the Management underscored the relevance of the mother-tongue as medium of instruction, community ownership, flexible engagement time (days), and the solution it provides to the ‘dilemma of education’ as the unique attributes of the SfL approach.
The purpose of the interactions was to
provide inputs from SfL perspective for Crown Agents to compile a documentary
to be employed for soliciting support and resources for CBE.
MONITORING, EVALUATION AND RESEARCH OFFICER’S
The officer in charge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research for E4L resigned from his position during the month resulting in internal employee role changes within the E4L Programme. Abdulai Salam (originally from SfL), who was a Field Facilitator in Mion District under the E4L Programme, was promoted to the Position of District Coordinator for Karaga whilst the Coordinator for Karaga District takes over the MERO’s position.
6.0 MEETING WITH CEP PARTICIPANTS
As part of preparations towards this year’s Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) a meeting was organized for the Ghanaian participants at the SfL Head Office in Tamale. This was the first meeting among a series of meetings to be organised for the participants. The meeting afforded participants the opportunity to have first-hand information about the Cultural Exchange Programme and also to discuss the theme for the programme. A former participant of the Teacher Exchange Programme (TEP) was invited to share his experiences with the team.
Participants were also guided in the drawing of an itinerary for their Danish counterparts.
Above picture shows the Ghanaian
Participants at the Meeting
7.0 ASSESSMENT OF OUT-OF-SCHOOL-CHILDREN SITUATION
As the GCBE Programme is nearing its end, it makes sense that, SfL which took it upon itself to provide functional literacy to out-of-school-children long before GCBE came into-being, knows what has remained of the dilemma and the way forward. To do this, SfL is in the process of administering a questionnaire aimed at gathering relevant information on the situation in order to help decide what to do should the need be. The questionnaire will be administered in all 8 Districts of operation during the 2016/2017 cycle. It is expected that, the findings of the study will contribute immensely in deciding the future of out-of-school children as far as SfL and its partners’ interventions are concerned.