Savana Signatures Model School in the Offing

cccccThe education system in Ghana since independence has gone through various reforms but these reforms have failed to integrate or make skill training for pupils an ultimate priority.

In spite of these reforms, Ghana’s educational system still at large remains theoretical which does not create opportunities for pupils to be creative.

There are substantial numbers of unemployed young people on the streets who have passed through one form of education or other in Ghana yet, could not boast of personal skills to make a meaningful living.

The lack of employable skills accounts for at least 65 per cent of unemployment rate in Ghana.

To move from this usual trend of education, an ICT for development organization, Savana Signatures is establishing a model junior high school whose mission is to build skills of young people to fit into the job market.

“Savana Signatures is seeking to establish a model JHS where ICT, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR), and active learning will be employed to promote effective teaching and learning. This school will serve as a model for basic schools in Ghana”, said, education project officer, Jovia Salifu.

He said, for decades, the approaches to learning in Ghanaian schools have been what he describes as “passive-top-down approach” in which pupils are passive recipients of knowledge from teachers. “This approach, he said, leaves little or no room for creativity and active participation of children. ‘This makes it difficult for pupils to exploit their talents and realize their full potential in life as they grow up”, he said.

Mr. Jovia noted that comprehensive sexuality education that was supposed to help young people to take charge of their sexual lives and practice safer sex was also missing in the educational system likewise the use of ICT tools to facilitate teaching and learning processes.

The government of Ghana commitment to transform the country into an information-rich knowledge–based society and economy to ensure that its people fully participate and effective use ICT to enjoy social, cultural and economic benefits of the emerging information revolution calls for special project like that of a proposed model school by Savana Signatures.

“It is against this background that this model school is being established to address these challenges, he said.

“The staff of Savana Signatures have been raising fund towards this project for the past five months”.  We have since realized an amount of five hundred Ghana cedis (Gh₵500.00)”, he said.

Towards this project, a donation box has been kept at the offices of savana Signatures.  The model school will be established based on four major principles. These principles are integration of ICT in education in compliance with the Ghana ICT for Accelerated Development and the ICT in Education Policies 2003 and 2008 respectively, active learning; the model school is intended to become a citadel of child-centered active learning-a kind of learning that enables pupils to participate actively in the learning processes.

Other major principles include comprehensive sexuality education aimed to exposed pupils to a computer based sexuality education which the Ghanaian society shy away from and Star School model concept.

This concept is hinge on five principles; learning environment, learning, teaching, school management and parent and community involvement. This principle will be adopted and effectively implemented in the model school programmes not only to enhance effective learning, proper school management but also to ensure better teacher accountability and responsibility among other things.   Coupled with these principles is the construction modern school infrastructure that are attractive and conducive for teaching and learning, provision of modern teaching and learning kits with ICT as a driving force.

The project officer appealed to NGOs, individuals and institutions to support the organization to build this school to offer opportunity to under privileged children in society to access quality education.