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Improving Digital Pedagogical Skills through Emergency Remote Teaching for Teachers in the Western Region of Ghana

The goal of the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in Trust ICT Transforming Education in Africa project is to improve learning outcomes and acquisition of 21st century skills (digital literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, and innovation) through the appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by educators. The first phase of the project ran from 2016 to 2019 and focused on Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Senegal have been selected for this Phase II.

Hybrid Emergency Remote Teaching Training for Teachers

In partnership with Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), UNESCO through the Korean government supported Junior and Senior High school teachers to acquire digital skills in remote teaching to prepare them for future shocks and disruptions to teaching and learning. Overall, fifty-one (51) teachers representing 35 males and 16 females selected from all the districts in the Western region benefited from the training. 

Participants were taken through Microsoft Word and Presentation Software, Email for teaching and the use of Learning Management Systems focusing on Moodle.

Figure 1: Promoting remote and online teaching using basic ICT devices (INSERT-Mary Naana Simpson, Archbishop Porters Girls Secondary School and Theresah Annan, Takoradi Senior High School, Ghana) 

Promoting remote and online teaching using basic ICT devices (INSERT-Mary Naana Simpson, Archbishop Porters Girls Secondary School and Theresah Annan, Takoradi Senior High School, Ghana) 

This is the third of the pilot training series being organized in Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Northern regions in Ghana. The 3-Day hybrid Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) training was organized from 17-19 August 2021 in Takoradi in the Western region.

Figure 2: Participants demonstrating lesson plan preparation process using Microsoft Word for upload unto the Moodle Platform

Participants demonstrating lesson plan preparation process using Microsoft Word for upload unto the Moodle Platform

Some teachers expressed appreciation to UNESCO and partners for the opportunity to acquire ICT skills to improve learning outcomes for students.

I will rate my confidence level in using ICT before the training as 30% because I have always had people around me to do ICT related stuff for me, so I never had interest in ICT. So when I asked to come for the training and bring a laptop I was hesitant because I don’t like those things, but after going through the training, I have said to myself that if I had missed this opportunity I wouldn’t know what to do. In fact, I am even planning on going to the district office to thank the Municipal Director of Education for nominating me. I have learned a lot, using Power Point presentations, using the internet, etc. I plan to incorporate it in my teaching and learning and teach anybody who is willing to learn.
Evelyn Nana Efua Assan, Takoradi Technical Institute

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Thomas Musah, General Secretary of GNAT thanked UNESCO and the Korean Government for contributing to human resource development of Ghana by equipping teachers with ICT skills to enhance professional development. 

 

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