About Us

Vision Statement
OLE Ghana is a Non Governmental Organization registered under the Ghanaian Company Code Act. It is a part of a worldwide network of OLE centers working towards the fulfillment of the UN Millennium goal of attaining universal basic education for all by 2015.  OLE Ghana’s vision is to help every young person acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary to becoming a productive and fulfilled member of the global community. It seeks to do this by focusing on teacher development programs aimed at empowering teachers create, adapt, modify, use and share open education resources. OLE Ghana’s vision includes the effective use of innovative learning environments, information technologies and networks that facilitate learning. 

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Over one billion school-aged children in more than one hundred countries lack access to even the most essential learning opportunities. Enabling them to acquire at least a basic education is not charity – it is a universal right. Every child is entitled to an opportunity to develop an intellectually and economically strong life consistent with their abilities. This ultimately benefits all of us. Now it is possible as never before. The global reach of the Internet, low-cost computers and other information technologies, combined with a greater awareness of the importance of Universal Basic Education, make it possible for this to be achieved by the UN Millennium Development Goal of 2015.

Basic education enables one to:

  • Read local newspapers, magazines and books,
  • Complete job applications
  • Write letters to friends and employers
  • Keep simple, accurate financial ledgers
  • Engage in productive uplifting work
  • Employ healthy agricultural, nutritional, and environmental practices
  • Promote cooperation and manage conflict
  • Create and participate in music, art & culture
  • Contribute meaningfully to the wellbeing of one’s family, community and nation.

Human Resource
OLE Ghana’ greatest strength lies in its human expertise which makes it an appropriate choice to undertake such a mission. The people behind the organization are highly respected professionals (both within and outside the country) and are authorities in their various fields which cuts across the educational sphere; basic education, teacher education, complementary education, librarianship, educational technology, educational administration, ICT, research, conducting of surveys and mapping exercises . 

Board Of Directors

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Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah has a General Degree in Science and Education, an Honours Degree in Chemistry, a Masters in Chemistry, a Masters degree and an EdD in science education from the University of British Columbia. He has had 24 years of teaching at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana where he was the Head of Department of Science Education, the Dean of Education and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University; and helped to start the distance learning programme. He joined the University of Education, Winneba as the Principal and later became Vice Chancellor. He was instrumental; in establishing the National Centre for Research into Basic Education, as well as the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies. He is currently, the Executive Chair of TESSA and has been working with the 13 African institutions. He has received a number of honours for his work in education; these include the country’s second highest award, the Order of the Volta, and Meritorious award for championing the cause of children and education. He was recently appointed the Chairman of the national Curiculum and Assessment Board. Prof Anamuah-Mensah is the Executive Chair of the organization.

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Mrs. Valentina J. A. Bannerman is the University Librarian of the University of Education, Winneba. She is also the immediate past president of the Ghana Library Association, the Chairperson of the Electronic Resources Group of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) and the Ghana Copyright representative of the Electronic Information for Libraries- Intellectual Property (eIFL-IP). She is also a member of IFLA Africa Section, the Ghana National Media Commission and the Board of Directors of Open Learning Exchange (OLE), Ghana 2009-Her qualifications are, B.A (Ed) 1976; GDLS (1984); MPhil (2000). She has over 25 years experience in the library profession, first as Assistant Librarian at the Ghana Library Board, Librarian at the Specialist Training College before becoming the University Librarian. She was for 4 years the Secretary of the Standing Conference of Africa University Libraries, Western Area (SCAULWA) and the immediate past Chairperson, Committee of University Librarians and their Deputies (CULD). She is a Chartered Librarian, Fellow of the Ghana Library Association, and also a member of the American Library Association. She has written successful proposals and won grants on two occasions from The Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a number of publications to her credit. Mrs. Bannerman’s background in librarianship is of paramount importance to OLE Ghana’s quest to establish a National repository of OERs as the first step in achieving quality universal basic education
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Mr. Peter Kaba is the Executive Secretary of Vice Chancellors Ghana, the association which brings together all the vice chancellors of the country’s public universities. Having worked with the state run media for a number of years in different capacities including being a regional correspondent, Mr. Kaba’s journalistic background is crucial to the PR and QUBE Advocacy activities of the organization.
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Mr. Ben Eshun is currently the ICT manager of the entire ICT infrastructure and department of Central University, arguably one of the biggest and well established private universities in the country at the moment. He has worked on a number of projects with the Association of African Universities. Currently he also spends some time working on establishing the Ghanaian Research and Education Network. Mr. Eshun volunteers his time helping with fund raising for OLE Ghana projects as well as performing for gratis some limited financial management services for the organization.
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Mr. Kofi Essien is a seasoned educationist having served in various capacities in the education sector including being a senior school administrator and a classroom practitioner for seventeen years. His teaching career has seen him teach in a couple of Danish schools. For two years he worked with the Global eSchools and Community Initiative (GeSCI), a UNICT Taskforce founded organization as its Country Program Analyst. Mr. Essien holds a BA degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, a post graduate diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast and a post graduate certificate in Project Management, Comparative Education and Education Research from University of Copenhagen Denmark. He holds a Masters in Information and Communication Technology in Education from the University of Cape Coast. Since the 1999 he has worked with and trained teachers in 21st century teaching through the World Bank sponsored World Links for Development Program, the Fiankoma project, INTEL Teach and OLE-Ghana. Mr. Essien also had a short stint with TESSA where he provided administrative support to the TESSA Executive Chair, as well as supported TESSA consortium activities including working on the TESSA newsletter.

OLE Core Staff

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Mr. Kofi Essien is a seasoned educationist having served in various capacities in the education sector including being a senior school administrator and a classroom practitioner for seventeen years. His teaching career has seen him teach in a couple of Danish schools. For two years he worked with the Global eSchools and Community Initiative (GeSCI), a UNICT Taskforce founded organization as its Country Program Analyst. Mr. Essien holds a BA degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, a post graduate diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast and a post graduate certificate in Project Management, Comparative Education and Education Research from University of Copenhagen Denmark. He holds a Masters in Information and Communication Technology in Education from the University of Cape Coast. Since the 1999 he has worked with and trained teachers in 21st century teaching through the World Bank sponsored World Links for Development Program, the Fiankoma project, INTEL Teach and OLE-Ghana. Mr. Essien also had a short stint with TESSA where he provided administrative support to the TESSA Executive Chair, as well as supported TESSA consortium activities including working on the TESSA newsletter.He is the Executive Director of OLE Ghana

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Mrs. Agnes Asamoah-Duodu is the OLE Ghana BeLL Ringer in that she is mainly responsible for the resource gathering and management for our Basic e-Learning Library (BeLL). She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Diploma in Business Education. She also has a certificate in Hardware and Networking. She has served as the Lead Trainer for Intel Teach training team. She was also the country contact person for International, Education and Resource Network (iEARN) and for four years worked at the Curriculum and Research and Development Division Unit of the Ghana Education Service. She also worked with the ministry of education as the deputy coordinator of the ICT in Education unit of the ministry. A seasoned educationist, she served as the ICT coordinator for National ICT and Science Resource center, Secondary Education of Ghana Education Service and has also taught for so many years. With such wide and rich background in Education she, apart from her main duty of being the BeLL Ringer, also trains and coach teachers.
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Abigail

Miss Abigail Twumasi joined the organization mainly to provide support in Public Relations. She holds a Diploma in Communication studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and had previously worked as a journalist. As the Base Coordinator and Public Relations officer she is responsible for telling the story of the organization. As such she updates the organization’s website, works on its quarterly newsletter, manages the organization’s social media pages and handles all other media relations.
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Mr. Sylvester Adzei holds a professional Diploma in multimedia design and a certificate in multimedia foundation concept. He works as a multimedia designer and gives technical support when needed.
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Mr. Leonard Irenous Maximus Mensah was until recently the ICT Genius of OLE Ghana. He led in the technology development efforts of OLE and had been largely responsible for all the technological advancements made in the platform for deploying Ghana Reads. His capabilities include: Creating and Managing Database such as the Couchdb, Programming in languages including but not limited to Java, C Sharp, HTML,CSS, PHP Language, Computer Repairs (Hardware), Graphic Designing, Computer Networking, Video capturing and Editing, Professional use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe After Effect, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering from Aptech University College, Mumbai, India

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The OLE Network

The OLE Network serves as a catalyst assisting in the development of a worldwide system of local grassroots OLE Centers committed to assuring universal access to basic education within their nation by 2015. The network assists OLE Centers get started by providing organizational, technical and fund raising services including, as necessary, limited start-up funds. The activities of the network are coordinated by OLE International based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The OLE Centers have strong independent Boards of Directors, official partnerships with their Education Ministries, and substantial outside investments, including financial support provided by both individuals and foreign governments.

OLE Network

OLE Ghana

P.O. Box 2412 Mamprobi Accra, Ghana Email: kofi.essien@oleghana.org Phone: +233 (0) 2081 38099

 

OLE International, Inc.

Cambridge Innovation Center One Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142 USA Email: solutions@ole.org Phone: +1 617.401.2300 Fax: +1 617.758.4101

OLE Nepal

P.O. Box 8975 EPC 2394 Kathmandu, Nepal Email: info@olenepal.org Phone: +977 1 554 4441

OLE Rwanda

4th Floor ICTs Department Ministry of Education Kacyiru, Kigali, Rwanda Email: olerwanda@gmail.com Phone: 0250 783576034

OLE Mexico

ecarrillo@nccepmexico.org

Project & Activities
To achieve its mission OLE Ghana primarily seek to work in partnership with MoE/GES mainly through the Teacher Education Division, Basic Education Division and the CRDD, the Universities (especially the teacher training universities), Colleges of Education, classroom practitioners, donors and other civil society organizations working to impact education by carrying out Quality Universal Basic Education advocacy as well as providing opportunities for the effective deployment of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a means of achieving quality UBE by 2015.

To know more about OLE Ghana’s activities access the Project & Activities menu