KOMENDA COLLEGE WINS CHALLENGE FUND GRANT

KOMENDA COLLEGE WINS CHALLENGE FUND GRANT

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  • 01 . Nov . 2018
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Komenda College of Education is one of the proud recipients of the thirteen Public Colleges of Education that have received the Challenge Fund Grants Award to implement innovative concepts that would improve the practical skills of Teacher trainees. It would also promote the professional development of tutors of these colleges. Komenda College of Education received an amount of GH¢60,000 cedis out of the GH₵ 1,286,752.30 disbursed to 13 projects funded under the Challenge Fund of T-TEL, as part of the Challenge of Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) Ghana, a Government Programme funded by UK aid, The UK aid has committed 17 pounds sterling (90 million cedis) for the four-year programme starting from 2014 to 2018 to help deliver the transformation of teacher education in Ghana. The Fund is being managed by Cambridge Education. Komenda College’s proposed project “Improving the pedagogical skills of tutors in the use of technology for effective teaching and learning.” Has its objectives as Improve the lesson delivery skills of tutors in terms of pedagogy and content through the use of ICT Develop a functional ICT resource centre Development a learning management software for use by tutors and trainees T-TEL Ghana is a four-year programme, designed to support the implementation of the Pre-tertiary Teacher Professional Development and management policy framework developed by the Ministry of Education. It seeks to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education in Ghana by providing the quality of teaching and learning through support to relevant national bodies and institutions and all public Colleges of Education (CoEs). The other recipient colleges are Atebubu College of Education; Accra College of Education; St John Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo; OLA College of Education; Dambai College of Education, Jasikan; Presbyterian Women’s College of Education, Aburi, and Jasikan College of Education. The rests are Peki St Francis College of Education; Amedzofe E.P. College of Education; Ada College of Education and Mt Mary College of Education; Kibi Presbyterian College of Education and Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education. Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, said the programme is to improve high quality of education at the basic levels and commended T-TEL, UK aid and stakeholders for their continuous support and commitments towards transforming the country’s educational sector. He said since they passed the Colleges of Education Act, Act 847, the Colleges did not have the necessary support and funding needed to transform the sector, adding: “There is one thing passing the law and getting the adequate funding to implement it.” He said it was against this background that government continue to put in myriad of interventions which are all linked together to avoid duplication and mismanagement. These interventions, he said, are all yielding the right results and expressed Government’s appreciation to all donors for their continuous support in that direction. “Ghana has achieved gender parity at the basic level and the challenge now is how to retain achievement at the senior high school and tertiary levels,” he said. He, therefore, congratulated the 13 Colleges for their hard work and determination that had won them the award and urged the remaining to put in maximum efforts to also access the fund to enable them implement their projects. Mr Akwasi Addae-Boahene, the National Programme Manager, T-TEL Ghana, urged the colleges to work hard to achieve the anticipated outcomes of their projects. “We expect colleges to demonstrate high sense of accountability and transparency in the management of…resources to their staff, stakeholders and beneficiaries…. successful grants management means that you have followed all the terms and conditions of the grant award,” he added. Janice Dolar, DFID Education Advisor, said the priority is to support donors to get back on track to transform the economy. Madam Comfort Sarpong Akosa, Principal of Komenda College of Education, received the cheque for the grant on behalf of the college, witnessed by Mr. Raphael Sifah, the project lead for the challenge fund project, Mr. Eric Sekyi and Mrs Charlotte Adomah Diabor, project members as well as representatives from Unversity of Education, Winneba, partners in the project for Komenda College. “The UK government is pleased to be supporting the Ministry of Education to improve teacher education in Ghana and called on the recipients to use the fund for the intended purpose to attract the second phase of the fund.

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