Plan International Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, offers a three-day intensive training for teachers of selected junior high school core subjects in the Volta and OT regions.
A total of 135 maths, science and English language teachers, drawn from the 46 Plan International Ghana operational communities, participated in the training held in Ho.
The program coordinator for Plan International Ghana’s Southern Program Influencing and Impact Area (SPIIA) Mr. Alfred Dzikunu told the Ghana News Agency that the program was aimed at improving the capacity of the participants.
He said the organization felt that West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) reports over the years regarding the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) indicated that children had weaknesses, particularly in maths, science and the English language.
The report, he said, has also recommended certain measures that can be taken to remedy the situation, thus equipping teachers in the field with new instructional methods to enhance their delivery in the classroom for better results. It was decided to organize a workshop for
Mr. Jikunu said one of the objectives of the plan was to promote quality education, with a focus on gender-responsive teaching, in line with Sustainable Development Goals four and five, which talk about quality education and gender equality. I used to talk
He urged the participants to create the necessary gender responsive environment necessary to provide comfort to all the learners to benefit from the classroom activities.
Mr. Francis Mensah Widzro, Training Officer of the Volta Regional Directorate of Education, commended Plan International Ghana and the region for their efforts to improve quality education for the programme.
He said that over the years there has been a decline in the performance of the sector in Mathematics, Science and English language and appreciated the organizers of the workshop for their efforts to arrest this trend.
Mr Widzrow, who was also the team lead of facilitators in the programme, told GNA that the training would help in updating the skills and knowledge of the participants on new teaching methods and strategies.
He said that capacity building of teachers to improve their performance in the classroom is paramount for children to excel in their final examinations and get better schools for placements.
Madam Gifty Bella Apedo, Mathematics teacher at Likpe Abrani M/A Junior High School, Guan District, OT Region, thanked the plan to organize training to update their skills to provide quality teaching to the children.
He said that it was challenging to explain some of the concepts in the subject to the students, but the training exposed him to various techniques that can be used to make the students understand the concepts easily.
Madam Benedicta Danso Quarshie, an integrated science teacher at Santrokfi-boom M/A Junior High School, said she has learned new methods that will help make the subject appealing to her children.
He appreciated the scheme and appealed that the training should be done annually and teachers in primary schools should also be included.
The participants were taken through topics such as; To develop innovative teaching methods and strategies, effective classroom management techniques, use of technology in teaching, creation of positive learning environment and inclusive learning, assessment for learning and developing lesson plans and teaching aids.
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