The 2nd Annual Regional Delegates’ Workshop and Conference of the Ghana Association of Teachers of English (GATE) was held in Accra for Basic and Secondary School Teachers on the theme ‘’Equipping the English Language Teacher for Quality Teaching’’.
Certificates were presented to participants and Committee members.
The Accra conference brought together over 500 participants from Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern and Central regions of Ghana to experience two days of exciting learning, networking, knowledge-sharing and problem-solving encounters.
Participants were taken through Competitive Proposals writing and Curriculum Vitae [CV] and Resume, including core literature with specific attention on the Cockcrow which is a core literature book for all Junior High Schools in the country.
Michael Ohene-Effah, Co-Founder of LeadAfrique International and an Independent Development Consultant, presented a very interactive, practical and insightful encounter on how to prepare a wining proposal or CV. He indicated that CV is a proposal marketing document used to sell ourselves to prospective employers.
The was official opening ceremony chaired by Mrs Grace Mansa Eshun, Headmistress of St Mary’s Senior High School, Accra. She represented Dr Mrs Hilda Eghan-Greater Accra Regional Director of Ghana Education Service. The key-note address was delivered by Mr Otor Plahar, the Public Relations Officer of Ministry of Education on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
Director of Basic Education, Mrs Margaret Okai, in her speech, underscored the relevance of Basic Education in the formative years of young learners. She commended teachers and charged them to put in more effort in nurturing the pupils.
In his welcome address, the President of GATE, Mr Isaiah Adzigodi took members through challenges encountered in organising the Accra GATE to its current vibrant state. He charged members to be more committed to the interest of GATE and their professional development. To the other stakeholders, he requested more Teaching and Learning Resources for their schools and institutions, adding that more attention should be paid to the welfare of the teachers.
Mr. Adzigodi called all parents to play more active roles in promoting academic success of their children.
Dr John Sackey who is a Co-Compiler of the Cockcrow took participants through a thrilling interaction. He encouraged members to develop love for literature and guide their students to enjoy same.
Ms Rose Nkrumah took her turn and urged delegates on the need to seek professional development.
Mr MM Doe, A former National President of GATE and a distinguished Chief Examiner with West African Examination Council took his turn by leading members through a thrilling moment of Summary Writing.
The academic gathering was chaired by Professor Lade Wosornu, a renowned medical surgeon and poet. Mrs Evelyn Kwarko represented both Director General of GES and Director of Secondary Education in her delivery indicated the readiness of GES to support teachers in improving teaching and learning within Ghana schools.
The Assistant Country Director of British Council, Ms Emily Sawley Thomas introduced members to some relevant services and Teaching and Learning Resources available at her outfit.
Mr Lawrence Darmani, a prolific author and publisher schooled members on how to be creative minded and how to put their fertile ideas into books.
The very exciting academic gathering ended on a good note and participants left for their respective destinations well equipped and deeply refreshed with all the “arsenals” needed for improving the quality of teaching English in their respective schools.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa