This year, in the Eastern Region of Ghana we are working to support the next generation of teachers currently undergoing training at two higher education institutions, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) College and Presbyterian Women’s College. This is an important part of our strategy and a key focus of the Ghana government. Student teachers spend part of their time at college gaining theoretical knowledge and part of it getting hands on experience in kindergarten classrooms. We aim for all student teachers to graduate as capable and confident teachers, able to bring a quality play-based education to children across Ghana.

This week we held a knowledge sharing workshop with tutors from SDA College. The workshop aimed to share techniques that are effective in transforming teaching practice in kindergarten classrooms. This knowledge will strengthen the capacity of tutors to support student teachers to understand how to deliver learning through play in the classroom.

We delivered the workshop in a hybrid format, with part of it face to face and part of it delivered online. This is an exciting development in our work towards introducing hybrid training more widely. Delivering training online can offer great cost effectiveness, flexibility to participants and will also mean we could reach more people.

Mr. David Otibu, Dean of Academic Affairs at SDA College shared that, “This training has been very interactive and has exposed us to lots of activities that can promote early grade teaching through play. A detailed presentation of the standard-based curriculum has helped me to fill the gaps in understanding the curriculum. Thanks to the facilitators for sharing their in-depth knowledge and skills during the delivery”

We are looking forward to knowledge sharing with Presbyterian Women’s College in the coming weeks!