In 2022, Sabre Education began delivering district-wide in-service teacher training in partnership with the University of Education Winneba (UEW). The training was delivered to all government kindergarten teachers in two districts surrounding the University (Efutu and Gomoa Central), as well as in 34 low-fee private schools.

We are now in the pre-service phase of the project, which aims to establish a network of Model Practice Classrooms, staffed with trained teachers from phase one of the project, located close to the University. These Model Practice Classrooms are then able to provide high-quality classroom placements for students enrolled on the Bachelor of Education at the University.

Earlier this month, Sabre facilitated the first of three multi-day training workshops in Ghana’s Central Region, in partnership with the Ghana Education Service and the University of Education, Winneba. The workshop helped teachers to become mentors to student teachers placed in their classrooms to gain practical experience.

The mentoring and coaching training workshops focussed on Supported Teaching Schools programme (student teacher classroom placements), and how to build trust and good relationships between student teachers and their mentor teachers in the classrooms.  Participants included teachers, head teachers (including those from selected low-fee private schools), GES Officers, student teachers from the University, as well as National Service personnel.

The Acting STS Coordinator from the University of Education, Winneba, Early Childhood Education department joined the training session to sensitise the participants on the Supported Teaching in Schools (STS). The coordinator’s message was clear: teachers need to take their roles and responsibilities seriously to have the maximum positive impact on their students.

I am now in a position where I can provide effective coaching and mentoring to anyone that comes to me for support. This training has increased my understanding of these areas and I’m so glad I attended.

– Philomena Sam, Teacher, Gomoa-Obuasi Presby Kindergarten.