In the bustling landscape of Ghana’s educational realm, it is easy to be dazzled by the gleaming facades of modern schools, enticed by glossy brochures promising world-class Cambridge or IB curriculum, and captivated by meticulously manicured lawns.
As an expert in education, I implore parents and educators alike to pierce through this veneer of grandeur and focus on what really matters — the transformative value of education in a child's life through quality teaching and learning.
The heart of a child’s education lies not in the opulence of a school’s facilities or the prestige of its curriculum, but in the quality of teaching, the nurturing of foundational skills, and the active involvement of parents in their child’s learning journey.
Education, derived from the Latin word “educere,” is a profound process of unearthing or bringing out the intelligence of a person, not merely a matter of putting in facts and figures.
It is about igniting curiosity, nurturing critical thinking, and instilling values that will shape a child’s future. In today’s fast-evolving world, the skills and knowledge needed for success are shifting. It is no longer enough to accumulate information; we must cultivate adaptable, inquisitive minds ready to face the challenges of the future.
Beyond Facilities – The True Essence of Education
In the race for the best facilities, it is crucial to remember that a school is more than just bricks and mortar.
It is a sanctuary of knowledge, a place where young minds are shaped and nurtured. While a well-maintained campus can create a conducive learning environment, it is imperative to recognize that the essence of education transcends physical structures.
True education is the cultivation of curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for learning. It is about instilling values, building character, and preparing children not just for exams, but for life’s multifaceted challenges.
Foreign Curriculum vs National Curriculum: the Advantages and Drawbacks
The allure of prestigious curricula, like Cambridge and IB, has seemingly overshadowed the GES curriculum in recent years.
Promising world-class education and internationally recognized qualifications, these programs are often perceived as passports to esteemed institutions. Yet, many schools lack accreditation and expertise to offer them.
Ideally, teachers should be educated in these curricula, but most are trained in the GES system. Sadly, professional development opportunities are scarce, hindering effective content delivery. School owners, driven by numbers and profitability, favor the allure of Cambridge or IB status over GES.
Unbeknownst to many, the GES' National curriculum stands among the world’s best, comparable to education giants like Finland. While curriculum content is excellent, it is often the teaching and teacher quality that hinders effectiveness.
Remember, a curriculum is a framework; it is the skilled educators who bring it to life. True learning is not confined to textbooks and prescribed syllabi.
It flourishes when teachers inspire curiosity, encourage exploration, and foster a genuine passion for knowledge. A child’s education should be an odyssey of discovery, where they learn to think critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate effectively. These are skills that serve them not just in the exam hall, but in every facet of their lives. More details on the role of a teacher in curriculum development and delivery are defined in the proceeding texts.
Learning for Life, Not Just for Tests
In many educational systems, the emphasis on standardized testing has become the yardstick for success.
Yet, we must remember that true education extends beyond exam halls. While assessments have their place, they are but a snapshot of a student’s capabilities.
The true measure of a child’s education is their ability to apply knowledge, think critically, and adapt to a rapidly changing world. A holistic education equips children with the tools to navigate life’s complexities.
It fosters creativity, resilience, and an insatiable thirst for learning. It prepares them for a future where adaptability and problem-solving skills are paramount.
When we prioritize learning for life over learning for tests, we equip our children to thrive in a dynamic world.
By Precious Bonsu, Education Expert & Author