Ghana: Female teachers should be encouraged to access digital technologies – Minister of Education

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Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw OseiAdutwum, said incentives should be given to encourage more female teachers to access digital development opportunities in the country.

This follows the stark gender gap, with female teachers making up 30% and men 70% in a pilot study aimed at improving teaching and learning practices in the country.

Dr Adutwum said so in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Education for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), GiftyTwumAmpofo, at the launch of the report in Accra last Thursday. .

Titled “Improving Ghanaian Teaching Practices: An Innovative and Scalable Digital Solution by the Ministry of Education and Instill Education”, the pilot study was conducted by the National Teaching Council (NTC).

It aimed to revolutionize educational leadership, teaching and learning in schools towards achieving the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4).

The eight-week pilot project which launched in February this year, targeted at least 5,000 teachers across the country with a digital solution called “[email protected]”.

Dr Adutwum said there was therefore a need for digital platforms to be gender-responsive, especially given the multi-tasking nature of women.

He said the government is working with the NTC to ensure that the sky becomes the starting point for teachers despite the challenges they face.

NTC Registrar Dr. Christian Addai-Poku praised Instill Education, a pan-African higher education institution and The MasterCard Foundation for their support of the study.

He noted that Instill and the NTC had jointly identified 10 modules (seven for classroom teachers and three for headteachers).

Dr Addai-Poku said pilot teachers worked in conjunction with 31 master trainers who ran WhatsApp groups and were supported by Instill to create virtual professional learning communities for pilot participants.

The NTC Registrar also called on telecommunications companies to offer their platforms as part of efforts to provide digital solutions to improve teaching practices.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Instill Education, AlimLadha, on his part stressed that everything can be taken away from an individual except their knowledge.

He said that is why the younger generation and students should take their education and studies seriously.

Mr Ladha said we also need to get to the heart of education “if we want to move forward as a continent”.

He said his organization was in the country to partner with the entire education system

Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former vice-chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) and chair of the event, said there was an urgent need for the country to develop strategies to meet the needs of the changing world in the education sector. .

“We need to change the way we do things and train our students. We need to develop the kind of strategies that will allow us to prepare for the future,” he added.

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