About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signaling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.
The report revealed that 250 million children and adolescents are not learning these fundamental subjects across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nearly 90 per cent of children between the ages of about 6 and 14 will not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and math.
The report indicates that along with a lack of access to school and a failure to retain children in school, the poor quality of education in the classroom is among the three common problems.
It is against this background that Savana Signatures in partnership with Edukans is rolling out a programme dubbed ‘Teaching with Impact’.
This programme seeks to give Stakeholders and teachers practical approaches to intervene in the learning crisis in three Regions and 6 Districts.
The programme has unique features; classroom video for training, classroom observation instruments, and the distribution of correct books to students for active learning. This will contribute to the education outcome in these selected schools.
Teaching with Impact Teacher Training
The Teaching with Impact programme is being implemented by Savana Signatures in selected districts in Ghana including; Tamale Metro, Sagnarigu Municipality, Savelugu Nanton Municipality, East-Mamprusi, Hohoe, and Ho.
As part of the programme strategies, a 2-day training workshop has been organized to engage Training officers from the Ghana Education Service Regional Directorates, Circuit supervisors, and lecturers of the College of Education to provide a step-down training to teachers in pedagogical and didactical skills using the correct books and correct pens, a reusable book for an endless writing experience.
The initiative will increase literacy level especially reading, writing, and numeracy in basic schools in the beneficiary districts and equally contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), “inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
Issaka Mahamadu, School Improvement Support Officer (SISO) for Tamale Metro said the training is very useful as he was trained in lesson note preparation, questioning, and answers, evaluation, active learning etc.
“This programme is very good because it will help the schools and pupils to master reading, writing, and numeracy. I teach in a peri-urban school and the majority of the students do not have books, the correct books will enable them to write and clean several times to improve learning” Mr. Mahamadu said.
Alhaji Amauda Kassim, Northern Regional Training Officer said “this is my first time seeing a pen and book that you can write anything, clean and reuse it.”
He added that the training has encouraged teacher-student participation which will result in a paradigm shift from the traditional method of giving out information to active teaching and learning where students can fully participate.
He thanked Edukans and Savana Signatures for such a laudable initiative and appealed to the organisations to extend it to other parts of the country.