The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has launched the 2020 GNAT Week Celebration with a call on its members to adopt innovative leadership skills in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking at a forum to launch the week-long celebration, the National President of GNAT, Ms Philippa Larsen who made the call in Accra yesterday said the era when teachers regarded leadership only at the organizational level was a thing of the past, adding that teachers have to consider themselves as leaders at individual levels, either in the classroom or anywhere they find themselves.
Speaking on the theme; “Teacher leadership in developing crisis education responses,” Ms Larsen said the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly added to the challenges faced by the already over-extended education systems throughout the world, hence the need to embrace leadership and appropriate measures to ensure a continuity of the academic calendar.
According to her, teachers have to make a conscious effort at finding innovative measures and offer leadership to ensure professionalism is attained at all levels of the teaching profession.
Ms Larsen indicated that week-long event which focuses at disseminating research findings, is also aimed at exposing participants to innovative approaches and best practices that support the teacher to become more effective.
She added that celebration will also profess best fits in tackling the right to education, teacher leadership in relation to crisis response, as well as devise the right strategies for the reopening of schools and ensure that learning gabs are bridged.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Anthony Boateng, the Director General of the GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwah said the GES was committed to sharing ideas on how to provide teacher leadership in developing crisis education responses such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the outbreak of the pandemic had affected every aspect life, with the educational sector being the worst hit, leading to the closure of schools and the phased reopening of same.
He also pledged the GES' support and cooperation in the collective march to providing the needed responsible leadership, adding that the GES would look forward to recommendations and proposals that will support government's efforts at overcoming the impact of the pandemic.