Officials from Ghana and India in collaboration
Greetings from Ghana! First of all, we want to thank you for all your interest and support. We are excited to share some of the recent activities of our project to improve outcomes in education through a nationwide school assistant program. Currently, a total of 500 schools across 42 districts throughout Ghana are involved in the Teacher Community Assistant Initiative (TCAI).
The Baseline for the project has been completed in 489 of the 500 schools that are participating in this project. About 32,000 children in Lower Primary grades one to three were tested in numeracy and literacy, among other measurable outcomes, during this exercise. A year from now, in a follow-up survey process, the children will be tested again to measure changes in learning levels. The main goal of the intervention is increasing students’ learning levels in numeracy and literacy and successful transition into the next schooling levels.
In December 2010, high level Ghanaian government officials, numbering eight, visited India for an exposure trip to understand different models of remedial education run by non-state actors, mainly Pratham, and government ministries. This was very beneficial as the TCAI program in Ghana is a collaborative process, involving both government and NGO partners; there was much opportunity to gain operational and programmatic insight. It was a truly inspiring trip in terms of cultural collaboration and willingness to share and learn best practices of a proven intervention in education!
The team is currently very busy identifying the Teacher Community Assistants that will be employed by the project. These assistants will be identified from the community and, to this end, the project is engaging school management committees to aid the process of identifying dedicated people. The identified assistants will then be trained and assigned to schools to begin working with classes.
The project’s implementation team is also preparing a nationwide campaign to build awareness and to further publicize the program. Some of the key activities will include visits to the communities that house schools involved in the program. During these visits and others, program staff will share information about sharing the program and its components to community leaders, school teachers, school management committees and other relevant stakeholders. The objective of this nationwide campaign is to encourage community involvement in program implementation.
We are all hard at work but will continue to be in touch as the project progresses!
River crossing during the baseline survey