2024 marks Sabre Education’s 20th year. Reflecting on two decades of strengthening early childhood education (ECE) in Ghana, Sabre is proud to highlight our transformative partnership with the Ghana government. From supporting the development of the Kindergarten Operational Plan in 2012 to the launch of the national Kindergarten In-Service Teacher Training Manual in 2023, Sabre has worked with the Ministry of Education and its agencies, especially the Ghana Education Service, to catalyse change and drive innovation in ECE.

Based on our 20 years of experience, here are some ways in which we have collaborated with the government to build this impactful partnership:

Sharing Expertise: We provide technical assistance and expertise to support the government in policy formulation and implementation, such as developing the ECE policy, the kindergarten curriculum, and the Bachelor of Education for Early Grade curriculum.

Building respectful and trusted work relations with government agencies: We recognise the government’s crucial role in achieving quality ECE whilst being a critical friend.

Formalising Relationships: We work to establish, agree, and sign working agreements with the Ghana Education Service in the areas where we support, so that we have clear roles, responsibilities, and goals

Shared Workspace: We have located staff in shared office spaces within the Ghana Education Service district offices where we operate to foster close working relationships and ease logistics.

Review and Reflection: We support the Ghana Education Service district offices where we operate to organise and lead regular meetings with all ECE key stakeholders to discuss progress and tackle challenges.

Joint Monitoring: We support the regular monitoring of classroom practice by the Ghana Education Service district offices where we operate to build capacity and ensure sustainability.

Seeing is believing: We ensure that national-level government officials are invited to witness the impact of play-based learning in the classrooms so they can advocate for best practices in early education.

Here’s to 20 years of successful collaboration and many more to come!

L-R: Kwabena Gao (Education Specialist at Right To Play) Foster Cephas Armah
(ECE Technical Manager at Sabre Education), Vida Barbara Ntow (former National ECE Director, Ghana Education Service), Lawrence Ofei (Capacity & Training Specialist at Right To Play), Robert Quansah (Senior ECE Technical Manager at Sabre Education) at the Ghana Education Service national In-Service Teacher Training Package (INSET) launch in July 2023.