5-Day Nationwide Teacher Education Program to Expand High Quality Play-Based Instruction

A five-day workshop on the national kindergarten (KG) In-Service Education and Training handbook for national trainers was organised in Accra by Sabre Education, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and Right To Play.

Barbara Ntow, the national director for early childhood education at the Ghana Education Service (GES), as well as representatives from Sabre Education, Right to Play, and IPA attended the workshop.

The programme was designed to give the trainers the essential knowledge and abilities to deliver INSET curriculum to KG teachers in various districts across Ghana. The trainers had previously taken training in November 2021.

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Also, topics like managing classroom behaviour, teachers’ roles in play-based learning, comprehending and delivering the Standards-Based Kindergarten curriculum, and developing teaching and learning tools were covered in the programme.

The workshop in February 2023 concentrated on fostering early reading and numeracy abilities while positivel The idea of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which takes into account the requirements and aptitudes of all learners, was introduced to the national trainers. A variety of GES employees, including teachers in KG classrooms, education officers, training officers, regional and district training officers, regional and district ECE coordinators, and school improvement support officers made comprised the national trainers (SISOs).

In order to develop and test a standardised national teacher kindergarten training programme that could be implemented throughout Ghana, Sabre Education, IPA, and Right to Play worked together. The training was cascaded via national trainers involving parents and communities.

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