Articles

Posted by UNITYJHSonOCTOBER 7, 2016


Augustine Agu. Education Technology and Universalizing Quality Outcomes

.

Natalie Gil. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/10/geekie-educational-software-brazil-machine-learning#img-1



The current state of Basic Education in Ghana



Something strange is happening,with Ghanaian basic education. For a number of years, some schools in the public sector have achieved non optimal results at the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination). This examination is held at the end of Junior High school, after eleven years of school (two years of kindergarten, six years of primary school and three years of junior high school). And recent test results in Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA, 2013) and National Education assessment (NEA, 2013) show that a majority of pupils are not acquiring skills at the early grade levels. This is the case for English and also for Ghanaian languages. There are many reasons why this is the case, but many people here think that this is because of a combination of a lack of logistics, very large class sizes and inappropriate instructional methods. Of course, all three are interconnected.

We started this NGO because we thought that introducing some kinds of technology in our schools might be of help in assisting teachers and students to make use of technology that could assist learning in and out of the classroom. School curricula contain ICT studies, but equipment is not always available. We are trying to assist the six schools we work in, in the centre of Accra, to access hardware, software and information that will make lessons more interesting and more relevant. Our Ministry of Education was pleased with this concept, and we keep them regularly updated on our progress.

We also think this would help our young people in an increasingly technologically directed world.












 

 

Posted by UNITYJHS

 

 

 

 

Call To Action

 

 

An indicator of technology use in a country, internet penetration, measures the degree to which the population of a country uses the internet. It is measured as a percentage. Ghana’s internet penetration is 29.6%, and in terms of internet use, it is 145th in the world, well behind Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia, and Nigeria, in Africa. Use of the internet  is associated with the use of technology in a country. Our work in Learning Support Solutions seeks to make basic education learning and teaching more efficient, less arduous and better suited to cope with the challenges of very large numbers of students in class, the lack of offline reading materials and equipment for certain subjects, and also seeks to prepare students for the world of work in an increasingly technological world. We currently work in six government-assisted schools in an under-resourced area of Accra, Ghana.  Our work is approved of by our Ministry of Education/Ghana Education Service. Our basic schools students are  instructed in ICT, but often do not have access to actual computers, and the subject is taught as a distinct entity apart from other subjects. We work with school administrations to introduce students and teachers to different ways of presenting material, and how to find educational materials on the Web for their own use, to help them in their teaching and studying. We hope that this will help students avoid having the dire examination results of over 40 percent of basic schools in the country  (who fail their exams), and either help  keep them in school or help them find employment. We do not enjoy hearing the stories of persons who travel far from our borders under very dangerous conditions to find a way to Europe, just because they do not see clearly a future in their own countries.

And we hope that our work and results may have implications for educational policy.

Please help us achieve these objectives.

We need donations for our work, not only financial, but more importantly, donations of equipment such as laptops, desktops, tablets, speakers, microphones, projectors, white boards, white screens,  Ethernet cables, USB sticks, speakers and any equipment to help in our instructions.

We are also looking for innovative and relatively inexpensive ways of providing our schools with the internet.

We are extremely fortunate to have the assistance of ITAG (Information Technology Association of Ghana) and IEEE Ghana (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering) students from Blue Crest University in Accra, Ghana, and their supervisors, who are currently volunteering their time to train in ICT at the schools we work with. They are also assisting us with equipment repair and maintenance. We find this sort of support very helpful, and are most appreciative of Blue Crest University’s assistance.

We also like to hear about other examples of using more technology in teaching and learning processes in schools. Please share!

We also need financial donations. Nothing is too small. We need them to help organize STEM visits for students, help start school enterprises, hold workshops, and for associated administrative costs. We have managed most of our work under our own steam for over a year now, and find we need some additional support. If you feel moved to help us in this way, please go to the Donations page on our website, at www.learningsupportsolutions.org , at the top of the home page.      And, for reading this far, Nagode, Yedaase, Akpe, Oyi wala donn, and, Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Learning

Support Solutions

©Copyright | LSS 2019. All Right Reserved

Designed by PaceIT Solutions