#PatrioticSpaces: Building a Resilient Education System in Ghana
Earlier this evening, I had a chat with Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service on #PatrioticSpaces. The topic for the conversation was, “Building a Resilient Education System in Ghana.” Though we had a few challenges on Twitter at the beginning of the Twitter Spaces, we managed to have the conversation, which was well patronised by Twitter users. Below are a few of my thoughts on the conversation and a few key take aways.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of a resilient education system in Ghana. It disrupted education delivery, with school closures and remote learning becoming the norm. However, it has also presented us with an opportunity to reflect on our education systems and make necessary changes.
Investment and Collaboration are Key
Investing in education is investing in the future of Ghana. A resilient education system requires a long-term commitment to prioritising education, as well as collaboration among stakeholders. It requires support for teachers and the necessary infrastructure and resources to provide quality education to all children in Ghana. Innovative ideas like smart classrooms, icampusgh.com and other platforms for teaching and learning can prepare a country’s education system for uncertain times.
Personalized Learning is Crucial
Education is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Personalized learning is essential to ensure that every child gets the support they need to succeed. We must address existing inequities in the education system and ensure that all children have the same opportunities to learn and thrive. Dr. Tandoh explained how existing inequities and inequalities in the education system were enhanced by the pandemic and the steps that were taken to address them.
Technology Plays a Key Role
The pandemic showed us the potential of technology to support education delivery. However, access to technology remains a challenge for many children in Ghana. During the pandemic, practical steps were taken by the Ghana Education Service to bring teaching and learning to school children through television and radio. There were partnerships with telecommunications companies to ensure that education content was available and accessible for free. We must always ensure that all children have access to the necessary tools and skills to use technology effectively.
Early Childhood Education is Critical
Investing in early childhood education is critical to building a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Early childhood education can help bridge the learning gap and reduce inequalities in the education system. Dr. Tandoh assured listeners that Ghana has a very good track record when it comes early childhood education but there was more that needed to be done.
Inclusivity is a Must
We must ensure that all children, including those with disabilities, have access to quality education. An inclusive education system that meets the needs of all students is necessary.
In conclusion, building a resilient education system in Ghana requires a collaborative effort among all stakeholders, including government, educators, parents, and students. We must prioritise education in our national budgets and policies, invest in early childhood education, and ensure that all children have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century.
At the heart of a resilient education system is a commitment to ensuring that all children have access to quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances. Let us continue to work together to build a resilient education system in Ghana, one that will provide our children with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and become the leaders of tomorrow.
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#PatrioticSpaces is a platform dedicated to promoting patriotic conversations, national development and civic engagement on Twitter every Wednesday at 7pm. It is hosted by Kow Essuman (@kaessuman).