This years’ World Teacher’s Day on the 5th October had the theme ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession’
This theme is really timely for teacher education in Ghana, which has recently gone through some changes, moving from a three year diploma to a four year degree qualification.
We were honoured to be part of the writing team for the teacher education reform and we will continue to support future generations of teachers by improving the quality of practical teaching placements as part of our Transformational Teacher Training programme.
We have collaborated with T-TEL (Transforming Teacher Education and Learning) to help raise the profile of the teaching profession in Ghana and the vital importance of a quality early years education.
There is a lot of stigma attributed to the kindergarten teaching profession. Kindergarten teachers are often thought to be the least skilled and the early years the least important and it is not viewed as a priority, despite the fact that the evidence completely contradicts this view. Evidence shows that interventions in pre-primary education are among some of the most effective interventions for both reducing inequalities and improving social and economic outcomes (Zubari and Rose, 2017) and can offer a social return on investment of up to 33:1 (Psacharopoulos, 2014).
Reflecting on the early years teaching profession, our Technical Lead for Training Robert Quansah said “Teaching in early years is a very important profession as teachers at this stage have the special responsibility of laying the foundations for raising future leaders who can think critically and solve the problems of our country and the world”
T-Tel interviewed a range of teachers including some of the kindergarten teachers we have worked with and asked them a key question – ‘Why do you Teach?’
You can read all of the teachers feedback in this fantastic photo book created by T-TEL – click HERE to download your copy!