Three schools have been selected as part of 100 exemplar schools to be showcased during the World Education Week this year.
Two Lead For Ghana partner schools; Yoo R/C Junior High School and Ave-Afiadenygba D/A Basic School as well as University Basic School, Legon, were selected for the event.
The World Education Week is being observed from October 5-9, 2020 and will feature a virtual event of a 100 Exemplar schools from around the world showcasing their expertise across a range of educational themes including enhancing employability and life skills, deepening family and community engagement, the use of technology, a focus on well being and promoting the science of teaching and learning.
A statement issued in Accra said Lead For Ghana had sustained efforts to ensure that every child in Ghana had access to an excellent education by 2050 and was happy to partner T4 in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education (SDG 4).
The central theme for this virtual event is: ‘Learning Today’ and Lead For Ghana hopes to highlight the ground breaking work that educators are engaged in during these uncertain times.
“Fellows on the Lead For Ghana programme rolled out an extensive community engagement programme that leveraged home visits and alternative means of communication including social media platforms to close the educational inequity gap which was significantly widened due to the COVID - 19 pandemic. At Lead For Ghana, we recognised the challenges posed by the pandemic as opportunities to engage more deeply with our partner communities in understanding what they hope to be true for their children as we work with them to achieve these goals”, the statement said.
During the event, each partner school on the Lead For Ghana programme will discuss five key learnings that inform their community engagement strategy to an international audience of over 100,000 individuals and corporations. Our hope is that these learnings will inspire and strengthen community-school partnerships in securing better educational outcomes for learners globally.
“Some distinguished panellists expected to share insights during this virtual event are Peter Nortsu, Member of Parliament for the Akatsi North District, Dr Issahque Munawaru, District Director of Education for Savelugu, and Madam Augustina Modzaka, Girl Child Coordinator for Akatsi North District Education Directorate. Anita Sakatsi, Abdul Fatau and Sarah Laboh, students on the Lead for Ghana programme, will amplify the voices of students all over the world as they share firsthand information on what stakeholders must do to increase access to quality education for all children”, it said.
Mr Iddrisu Yakubu and Mr Agblevor, both headteachers, are also expected to share insights into building sustainable community school partnerships that focuses on the wellbeing of the learner.
It said Daniel Dotse, Co-founder & CEO at Lead For Ghana, said: “ At Lead For Ghana, we have the firm conviction that education is the most powerful solution to all societal problems and the medium to provide equal opportunities. So we commit people, funds, and ideas to ensure that all children in Ghana have the opportunity to attain an excellent education, especially during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It quoted the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, as saying that :“It is hard to deny the impact the pandemic has had on teaching and learning. As you already know, the government has been strategic in exploring opportunities to ensure that the effect of the current situation on our schools, and more importantly, the learner, is mitigated. Beyond the learners, it goes without saying that all players must galvanise efforts to change the dominant narrative on education in Ghana today, and even worldwide, and to do this we must take full advantage of every tool and resource available. I believe what T4 is doing in partnership with Lead for Ghana is commendable and will create a good platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration in an incredibly unique way…”
Avis Adjacodjoe, a Fellow at Lead For Ghana and event lead on the programme, believes “ that this event is a great opportunity to bring stakeholders together to thought-partner on how to support girls as they return to school. We expect that this deliberation will serve as a launch pad for schools and communities across the globe as we work to ensure that young girls can safely return to school post COVID-19.”