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Teachers deploy to deprived communities

BY: Daily Graphic

The Management of Teach for Ghana (TFG), an NGO, has officially inducted 33 newly recruited 2019 fellows into the Teach For Ghana Leadership Development Programme.

The event kicks off with a five-week pre-service workshop aimed at equipping the fellows with skills in pedagogy, classroom management, setting classroom culture, engaging with children and leadership in the classroom.

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The Chief Executive Officer of TFG, Mr Daniel Dotse, who spoke at the event held at the Ashesi University College, said Teach For Ghana was a movement of solution-driven leaders expanding educational opportunities for all children in Ghana.

He said the programme, which was held annually, involved recruiting Ghana’s best and brightest recent university graduates and young professionals from varied academic backgrounds, giving them intensive teaching and leadership training before posting them to underserved communities as full-time teachers.

Mr Dotse said the fellows would teach subjects such as Science, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology (ICT), and English language for two years.

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“The fellows will be deployed to teach underserved communities in the Western regions and regions in northern Ghana as full-time teachers for two years. After completing the two-year commitment, fellows become members of the Teach for Ghana Alumni Network, an active group of young Ghanaian leaders across sectors and industries building on the transformative classroom teaching experience to bring about systemic change in Ghana’s education sector,” he added.

The CEO said in the highly selective programme, the 33 fellows accepted this year were from a pool of over 633 applications received from graduates from the Ashesi University, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the University for Development Studies (UDS), the University of Cape Coast and others.

Mr Dotse explained to the fellows that it was unjust for the socio-economic background and geographical location of children to ultimately determine their life outcomes.

Fulfilment

He urged the fellows to develop the mindset that every child in Ghana could and should have the opportunity to gain access to quality education and acknowledged the bold step the fellows had taken to join the fellowship.

Mr Dotse encouraged the recruits that even though their two-year journey in the deprived communities would be challenging, it would be fulfilling and rewarding in the end.

He commended TFG’s partners for their constant support for its vision and mission in helping to raise leaders who would work to make sure that one day all children in Ghana would have the opportunity to attain quality education.

Be committed

A representative from ZEN Petroleum, one of the partners of the programme, Mr Lambert Akwa, urged the fellows to be committed to serving the children and the communities they would be placed in as teachers and leaders.

He asked the fellows to make all efforts to inspire creativity and aspiration in the children they teach while serving in the deprived communities as teachers, adding that “while change is hard in the beginning, it is beautiful at the end.” — GNA