Gender Responsive Education And Transformation (GREAT) Project
The GREAT project in Ghana targets three regions – Northern, Volta and Greater Accra. The project is directly benefiting 34, 646 kindergartens to primary 6 pupils in a total of 139 schools. Fifty percent of this number are girls. A total of 946 teachers (460 of who are females) and an estimated 107,402 community members including parents, guardians and caregivers are also expected to benefit from the project. The project covers a total of five districts comprising Savelugu, Kumbungu & Tolon in the Northern region and Ga South and Keta Municipality in the Greater Accra and Volta regions respectively.
In the Northern region, NOYED-Ghana was selected as a partner to implement the project by Right To Play. NOYED-Ghana is to carry out all the activities of the project in all the districts across the region. The GREAT Project centers on the use of Play base methods as pedagogy for instructional delivery, aims to integrate gender responsive play-based learning into teacher practice; engage parents and caregivers in addressing gender-specific learning needs, including those of at-risk children; and, promote the adoption of gender responsive play-based learning in pre-service and in-service teacher training. Specific project objectives are to: build the capacity of teachers, education officers and other key stakeholders in gender responsive play-based pedagogies; provide coaching and mentoring support to teachers; strengthen the capacity of SMTs/PTAs in school management and their understanding of gender issues in education; supply teaching and learning materials (TLMs) to target schools; and put in place robust systems for monitoring, measuring and generating evidence. Community sensitizations with key stakeholders, training of volunteer Teachers, provision of mobil van libraries and supplemental learning materials have long been done and the training of the students has commenced.
The project is implemented by NOYED-Ghana, Ghana Education Service, Right To Play with funding from Global Affairs Ghana.
Creating Enabling Environment for Girl Child Education (CEEGE)
Net Organization for Youth Empowerment and Development has undertaken a project known as Creating an Enabling Environment for Girl Child Education (CEEGE) which was funded by Empower. This project was aimed at helping girls in Junior High School to improve upon school attendance, performance and build their confidence level. The project also aimed at equipping and helping the mothers of the beneficiaries of the CEEGE project to become financial sufficient to further support their wards in schools. The project was being implemented in two communities, namely; Kakpagyili and Bamvim in the Tamale Metro.
Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) phase II
Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) is an initiative of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) with funding support from Comic Relief UK. VSO believes that girls and CWDs and community level stakeholders in Northern Ghana need to be more visible, have the ability to demand and access quality education services at all levels of education, and achieve quality learning outcomes. Good quality learning is critical to adequately prepare girls and CWDs to assert their rights, access livelihood opportunities and participate more equally and fully in life beyond school.
The project districts are Talinsi and Nabdam in the Upper East region, West Mamprusi and Mamprugu Muaduri in Northern region and Jirapa in the Upper West region. The partners in the implementation of the project are ISODEC, ProNet, LCD, NNED, NOYED-Ghana and Gender Center in close collaboration with the Ghana Education Service.
NOYED-Ghana’ role in this project is the promotion of local volunteering initiatives in support of quality basic education especially for the girl child and those with disabilities in the northern regions of Ghana.
Currently,TENI is at the phase II stage and NOYED-Ghana is leading on the recruitment and placement of Sixty (60) Community Volunteer Teachers who will strategically help in filling vacant classrooms as a stop-gap measure to the inadequacy/refusal of teachers to accept postings to the hard-to-reach areas of most communities in northern Ghana.
Through TENI II, VSO and partners will work to increase the retention, completion and transition rates from primary to JHS for girls and CWDs in the five districts in Northern Ghana.
TENI I saw NOYED-Ghana deploying of 27 volunteer teachers in selected communities of the project districts in Ghana, who positively impacted on education opportunities for hundreds of students.
When the goals of TENI II are met, these beneficiaries will not only gain an inclusive and quality education, but also change in behaviour and attitude towards gender and education within the community.
Improving Teacher Capacity for Better Delivery (ITCD)
In collaboration with STAR-Ghana, NNED, HAYTAFORD and TIDA, NOYED-Ghana is involved in the programme Improving Teacher Capacity for Better Delivery (ITCD). This three-year project seeks to improve the teaching and learning relationship in six districts within Northern Ghana, but achieve three results:
Increased resource mobilisation and commitment from District Assembly Ghana Education Service , Regional Council Committee and the House of Chiefs in support of timely and regular INSET.
Improved teacher deployment and school management in project districts
Improved teacher performance and academic outcomes from students.
This is being tackled through the building of teacher capacity in subject areas and teaching methods through regular in-service training, as well as the effective allocation of teachers to schools lacking staff.
Additionally, this initiative seeks to recruit local teachers to the school in their area. This is important, as these individuals are more likely to stay in their positions, than those relocating to a new area.
NOYED-Ghana is responsible for the Tamale Metro area and has been working closely with the Metro education office, the Education Sub Committees of the District Assembly and the SMC/PTA Networks on this project.
GHANA PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION GRANT (GPEG) TRACKING
Led by NNED and funded by Ibis Ghana, the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG) Tracking aims to monitor the Ghana Education Service Directorate’s activities in five districts within the Northern Region. The project has a budget of US$75.5 million and spans over three years. The intended goal is to improve the planning, monitoring, and delivery of the basic education service within deprived communities in northern Ghana. The first phase of GPEG has concluded, and NNED and NOYED-Ghana have submitted a budget to Ibis Ghana for a second phase of the project.