Monday, February 16, 2015

Female Teachers In Northern Region Admitted Into SavSign’s ICT Fellowship Programme

Savana Signatures (SavSign) in a concerted effort to whip-up the study and learning of information, communication and technology (ICT) among female students and teachers has initiated a project called Female Teachers Using Technology (FTUT) fellowship.

Through this fellowship, SavSign has selected ten (10) female teachers in the Northern Region to undergo free ICT training. The fellows will serve as role models to other female teachers and students after they have been empowered with requisite ICT skills and knowledge.

Augustine Opoku Adjei, Project Officer at SavSign told Savannahnews, that the year-long fellowship is among other things, intended to encourage the use of ICT tools by female teachers to deliver quality education.

The fellowship, he said, is also expected to address poor teaching and learning methodologies and persistent learning difficulties faced in science related subjects in among female students.

“The challenges facing the educational sector make the use of ICT tools in the sector very important. The fellowship is to introduce new innovative approaches to lessons preparation, delivery and learning in schools”, he said.

The project officer said, the use of ICT in education can promote female education saying “it makes learning easy, interesting and provides easy approaches to learning, lesson delivery and understanding”.

The ten SavSign ICT Fellows
He added “this is a unique programme designed to equip the beneficiaries with requisite ICT knowledge and skills to deliver quality education to pupils in basic and second cycle schools in Ghana.”

Mr. Adjei said, each year, the fellowship would select, mentor and provide free basic and specialized ICT training for 10 female teachers in the country. It will also build their capacity on how to effectively use ICT to prepare and deliver lessons and encourage female pupils to opt for science and ICT related courses in school.

“The 10 female teachers who have so far been selected, are already undergoing training in basic and specialized ICT training, computing and programming and how to effectively prepare and deliver lessons in class with the aid of ICT tools”, he disclosed.

The beneficiaries are Kuumwaar Veronica Mwinkom, Jakpa Yvonne Fata, Gyil Bangnia Mitchel, Bittor Jennifer, Agba Stella Yawa, Baba Rashid and Bukari Mary Magdalene Awentemi. The rest are Kwara Flavia Nonati, Falilatu Abubakari and Kombian Sophia Yenuloam.

“We will develop and inculcate the passion for girl-child education in them, train them to become role models, and also to serve us trainers of trainees in their respective schools to promote the girl-child education and participation of female teachers and pupils in the use of ICT”, he said.

To facilitate the implementation of ICT in education policy in Ghana, SavSign initiated a similar project known as “Tech Girls” which is currently being implemented in some selected basic schools in the Northern and Volta Regions.

More teachers from the beneficiary schools have been trained in ICT, and SavSign has established fully equipped computer laboratories in these schools to aid teaching and learning of ICT.

SavSign is a non-governmental organization in Ghana that has developed keen interest in the empowerment of youth and women through education. This is done mainly through and with the use of ICTs.

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