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Active school. Equalizing educational chances of children in Mampong, Ghana

Formal education in Ghana – and particularly in its rural areas and small towns – has been of low quality for many years. This has resulted from the inadequate quality of instruction for the teaching staff and can be seen in poor student outcomes and the slow development of the respective fields of study.

The situation can be improved through provision of comprehensive teacher training, ongoing development of teachers’ professional qualifications, and teaching the practicalities of individual approaches to students and pedagogical creativity.

Active school. Equalizing educational chances of children in Mampong, Ghana

The project was implemented by Fundacja Usłyszeć Afrykę (Hear Africa Foundation) in collaboration with the Eden Montessori primary school between 14 June 2016 and 31 December 2016. Two volunteers with qualifications in educational development spent time in Mampong Akuapem in the country’s eastern region, 55 km from Accra, Ghana’s capital, between 12 September 2016 and 11 December 2016.

This project was developed in response to the growing demand for the development of teaching staff and the improvement of formal education in Ghana. The aim of the project was to improve the quality of education in the local school and to level the educational opportunities for the students attending it.

Within the scope of the project, the two volunteers conducted workshops for teachers on active methods and forms of working with children, held consultations with individual teachers (32 hours), conducted class observations (120 hours), co-conducted regular classes (240 hours) as well as child talent and interest development educational workshops (96 hours) and engaged in developmental activities such as sports (24 hours) and art (24 hours) for students, and English classes for the younger children (48 hours). Additionally, they conducted generally open extracurricular educational activities focusing on developing creativity and independence in decision-making aimed at the attendees of an after-school day-care centre.

The direct beneficiaries of the project included 90 students and 12 teachers from the Eden Montessori school, with the indirect beneficiaries being the entire school community (120 people) and the local community (around 600 people).

The project contributed to the advancement of the Sustainable Development Priority and of Goal 4, or provision of equal access to quality education and promotion of opportunities for lifelong learning.

Active school. Equalizing educational chances of children in Mampong, Ghana

Between 12 September 2016 and 11 December 2016, two volunteers carried out activities aimed at improving the quality of education at the Eden Montessori primary school in Mampong Akuapem. As a result of this project:

  • 12 local school teachers developed their knowledge of alternative methods and forms of working with children and gained the skill of identifying their own direction for development and self-improvement;
  • 40 attendees of extracurricular activities at the day-care centre improved their physical fitness, expanded their talents and interests, gained greater manual dexterity and boosted their creativity, gained knowledge that broadened their educational horizons, increased the scope of their interests and improved their English-language proficiency; and
  • 100 primary school students developed their talents and interests.

The project included the purchase and use of educational materials.