Studies & Research

Quality in Education – Coaching, can it help?
By Kofi Essien, posted June 2014, OLE Ghana

The writer of this article based on his experience working with OLE Ghana which has coaching as a core component of its learning model, addresses the quality question in our education system by suggesting the adoption of the coaching concept. He begins by looking at success chalked in our education regarding Access vis-a-vis Quality and then proceeds with a discussion on Coaching strongly throwing his weight behind the current call for coaching in our education system as a means to solving quality related challenges      Click to Read More

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The Teacher Makes a Difference
By Agnes Asamoah-Duodu, posted September 2013, OLE Ghana

Thanks to teachers who have made great impact in people’s life. Dedicated teachers nurture the innovative potential in their learners, preparing them to step into a world full of uncertainties. Quality teaching by quality teachers can help shape learners success and make them true winners in life      Click to Read More

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Teacher As A Manger
By Kofi Essien, posted April 2013, OLE Ghana

What answers do you expect when you ask people to name managerial positions they are familiar with? Ready answers will be Bank Manager, Petrol Filing Station Manager, Sales Manager, a Chief Executive. But what about the Teacher? I am sure that name would never come up   Click to Read More

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What Do Our Children Want?
By Kofi Essien, posted April 2013, OLE Ghana

Granted that the human being will like to do more of what it wants and is comfortable with I ask this question, “What do our children want in a school setting?” Perhaps finding answers to this would get them to like schooling and take to learning lifelong. As I looked for answers everywhere I could, I decided to Google the internet and came across a posting by Angela Maiers on Sep 6, 2011 in the Blog, Family & Parenting, Lifestyle. It had to do with 12 most important things children want from their teachers. It got me to reflect on my own 17 years plus as a teacher in the classroom as well as my more than 10 years as a trainer of teachers in 21st century teaching and learning approaches.    Click to Read More

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Mobile Learning
By Kofi Essien, posted December  2012, OLE Ghana

Mobile learning or M-Learning is emerging as one of the solutions to the challenges faced by education. Its unique attributes of being personal, portable, and interactive, makes it an aid to formal and informal learning and thus holds enormous potential to transform the delivery of   education and training.           Click to Read More

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The Pi and The BeLL
By OLE Ghana Technical Team, posted December 2012, OLE Ghana

At the core of the technology to be deployed in the USAID sponsored Ghana Reads project is the Raspberry Pi. In this issue of Agenda 2015, we bring you a special feature on the ’famous Raspberry Pi’ and indicate how it fits into the Ghana Reads agenda.                 Click to Read More

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The Role Of Libraries In Education:  The Situation in Ghana
By Mrs.Valentina Bannerman (Chief Librarian UEW & Immediate Past Chairperson Ghana Librarian Association), posted August 2012 OLE Ghana

The purpose of education has always been to train persons to fit into society. With the change in the needs of society comes the change in the way people are educated. In Ghana, numerous attempts have been made to bring dynamic and progressive improvements in the educational system in the country through review committees dating back to colonial times. The latest   attempt was the President’s Committee on the Review of Educational Reforms in Ghana set up in 2002 under the chairmanship of Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah.      Click to Read More

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Excepts from UNESCO Sponsored MGML Report
By OLE Research Team, posted August 2012, OLE Ghana

In 2008 the Teacher Education Division (TED) of Ghana Education Service embarked on an initiative aimed at addressing the rising needs of schools with Multigrade Multilevel (MGML) conditions in the country. As a result a manual was produced and training of District Teacher Support teams (DTSTs), selected heads and teachers was done. In addition the colleges of education, then referred to as training colleges, were all given manuals and training so that they could make it a part of the training of teacher trainees. This study, which is a collaborative effort between TED and OLE Ghana with support from UNESCO Cluster Office in Accra, was therefore to find out the status of the 2008 MGML initiative and determine the current situation MGML in the country. A field study was conducted in 10 colleges of education and 21 public schools in 8 districts and 4 regions where the 2008 initiative was carried out. A desk study was done on data gathered by EMIS as part of their annual school census as well as data from WAEC to determine current levels of MGML in the education system      Click to Read More

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Effective Teaching And Learning
By Kofi Essien, posted January 2012, OLE Ghana

My decision to write on this topic has afforded me the opportunity to do a retrospection of my own teaching career and that of the many I have come across during my work as a classroom practitioner, a senior school administrator, teacher professional development supporter and my two years spent at the Ministry of Education supporting the ICT in Education Unit. The more I think about these times the closer I come to the following conclusions which have informed the bases of what I am going to share with you:         Click to Read More

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The Dream   (Ringing the School BeLL)
By Richard Rowe, posted January 2012, OLE Ghana

There is a village in Ghana named Adawasa. It is a distance from Accra, Ghana’s capital, and in the past was connected to the rest of the world only by its dirt road that is impassible during the raining season. It is late in the day Serwa is still working at Adawasa’s school.  She is doing the final edit of the Adawasa Times, her village’s new weekly newspaper. Serwa does a spell-check and then nervously hits “Print”.  This is her first time as editor.  Always before Elizabeth, her teacher, has done this.    Click to Read More

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Food For Thought: Are We Getting The Mixing Right?
By Kofi Essien, posted January 2012, OLE Ghana

There are many who believe that the mere provision of school buildings would necessarily lead to quality education. There are others who will posit that this should be matched by teaching and learning resources and the use of a teacher centered approach.       Click to Read More

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Creating A Vibrant Ghanaian Teacher Force
By Kofi Essien  posted September 2011, OLE Ghana

Many will agree that the educational sector has been constantly besieged with a number of challenges that though tackled at various levels, are still yet to be solved in a sustainable manner. One such issue is that of initial teacher training and their continuous professional development. This article revisits this issue in light of the National Education Sector Reform (NESAR), as hosted in May 2011 by the Ministry of Education and envisages how the upcoming National Teachers’ Education Forum (NATEF) could help us collectively address teacher related problems in the country   Click to Read More

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Quality Education Delivery In Ghana : – Rethinking Our Perceptions And Attitudes
By Kofi Essien, posted September 2011, OLE Ghana

The National Education Sector Annual Review (NESAR) has come and gone but the coming of The National Teachers’ Forum (NATEF) (http://www.ole.org.gh /natef/natef.html) gives me the opportunity to reflect over education delivery in the country and I can’t help but go back to some of the issues raised at the review so many months ago. The theme for the review was apt though: ‘Action for a difference – Quality Education for Quality Life’. I have always believed that the NESAR in itself is a very good exercise as it triggers reflections such as this. However if the rational for the review is to learn from the past year and strategize for the new year then may I    suggest we look at the timing of the event.          Click to Read More

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 Teacher Quality: Key To Quality Education  Delivery in Ghana
By Cecilia Tutu-Danquah, posted September 2011, OLE Ghana

 The Ghanaian educational system has gone through lots of reforms since independence. It is as if the system changes with each passing wind. These changes and   reforms are all in a bid to keep pace with the ever changing global trends. Globalization has brought in its wake tremendous effects to all spheres of human life. Its effects could well be a threat or an opportunity. To successfully face the global challenges and to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by globalization, we need the requisite qualified human resource which can only be the product of a quality education delivery system.     Click to Read More

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The Issue Of Incentives and Motivation
By Kofi Essien, posted September 2011, OLE Ghana

It is quite common to hear teachers talk about the need for motivation. In fact they are not alone in this quest for motivation. Every other worker needs it. The Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com/incentive) defines incentive as “Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.” Kendra Cherry in her article, What Is Motivation? (http://psychology.about.com/od/mindex/g/motivation-definition.htm) defines motivation as “the force that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented   behaviors”       Click to Read More

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