Right to Play Ghana to train teachers on new curriculum using play-based methodology
As part of efforts to equip teachers with innovative ways of delivering the newly approved curriculum, Right To Play Ghana, a non-governmental Organisation is to embark on a series of workshops to train teachers, ABC News can report.
The training program, which will start from Monday 11th November to Friday 29th November 2019 will capacitate teachers on how they can promote play-based learning and active methodology in lesson delivery.
The training, which will take place in three regions, is also expected to expose the teachers to a gender-responsive pedagogy to encourage the effective participation of both boys and girls in their learning process.
The regions to benefit from the training are; Accra (Ga South), Volta (Keta) and Northern (Kumbungu, Savelugu, and Tolon).
A statement released by the organization ahead of the training explained that the move is in line with its vision to improve the learning outcomes and holistic well-being of children and youth by contributing to achieving inclusive quality education and child protection outcomes.
This training, it further indicated, is part of its five-year Gender-Responsive Education And Transformation (GREAT) project, being implemented across four regions, five districts, and 139 primary schools.
The project, it said, is funded by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented in partnership with districts, school management committees and parents’ teachers associations.
The GREAT project is reaching 946 teachers (representing 486 males and 460 females) and at least 34,646 children (representing 17,323 boys and 17,323 girls) from kindergarten through to primary six.
“The use of gender-responsive play-based learning methodology motivates and stimulates children’s learning and supports them in the development and consolidation of their skills and concepts.The GRPBL also helps in shaping the positive attitude of children toward their individual and shared future,” it stated.
The organization expressed hope that the “training manuals and lesson plans integrating the gender responsive play-based learning methodology that Right To Play is using to train these teachers will be validated by NTC and NACCA for dissemination and use by all teachers in the country.”
The curriculum introduced by the GES forms part of sweeping reforms in basic education, beginning from the 2019/2020 academic year.
Under the new curriculum, the subjects to be taught at the KG level have been reduced from seven to four, which are integrated into themes. The themes for KG are Numeracy, Literacy, Creative Arts and Our World, Our People (citizenship).
There is, however, no change in the number of subjects at the primary level.