Ghana Lite

Danish IT Ghana LITE Model Project

The Ghana Learning Innovations Teams for Education (Ghana LITE) Model Project was an initiative to transform classrooms into active learning environments for pupils and their teachers where with the help of with trained coaches they would explore together how to learn, maximize their learning experiences and satisfy their learning needs. It sought to provide teachers and pupils access to large quantities of open, digitized, multi-media educational resources to facilitate the teaching and learning process.

There was video feedback as part of the project enabling both teachers and learners to see how well they were creating an active learning environment. Teachers and students were expected to eventually be able to modify existing content and create their own, thus giving them a sense of agency in the learning process as distinct from being passive receptacles of information.

The model project was to test the effectiveness of the Ghana LITE initiative in increasing student academic performance over a stipulated period of time. The model project is being carried out in a single basic school focuses on literacy and numeracy for primaries 4, 5 and 6. It was expected that;

- The Quality of education would significantly increase as evidenced by test scores for the selected subject(s) for the pilot

- A joyful relevant teaching and learning experience would be created

- The development of an Open Education Resources Library, national in character would begin

- A library platform sensitive to the plight of the rural pupil would be developed as a learning tool and as a means to distribute teaching and learning resources

The model pilot (including resource development, site selection and preparation as well as classroom coaching) run from October 2011 to December 2012 (14 months). Funding for this project was provided by the Danish IT Society. It is an association in Denmark of more than 5,600 members who specialize in a wide range of information technologies.¬† OLE has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the Society and its members. They have also supported OLE’s relationship with the Danish government’s International Development Agency (DANIDA). Tony Franke, the Executive Director of the Society has played a major role in nurturing this relationship.

Very useful lessons have been learnt from this model project. It is the Ghana LITE project which has given birth to the Ghana Reads Program

Watch video on Ghana Reads¬†here, OLE Ghana’s Award winning Flagship Project