Right To Play has organised a one-day training workshop for some journalists and Public Relations Officers (PROs) of Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Greater Accra and Volta Regions, for effective reportage on play-based learning methodology.
The training workshop forms part of plans by the organisation to equip participants with the requisite skills needed to help in proper and effective reporting on the play-based learning methodology as a means to improve the learning outcome of children
As part of the training, participants were taken through topics such as the work of Right to Play in Ghana and the impact; play-based learning methodology in action and the promise for Ghanaian children; and interacting with Right to Play’s brand and how to do so effectively.
Education Specialist with RTP-Ghana, Kwabena Gao, stated that the organisation’s agenda of championing play-based learning in the country began in the year 2000. Mr. Gao mentioned that RTP has since then been supporting government to improve the quality of education, particularly at the basic level.
Speaking about progress of the organisation on reaching to the majority of schools with their methodology, he said they are currently in three regions – which are the Greater Accra, Volta and Northern Regions, adding that within the said regions they are in 55 districts offering direct support to basic schools.
He said RTP-Ghana has worked with GES to develop manuals and guidelines on Early Child Education (ECE) policy, adding that they have also collaborated with University of Education Winneba (UEW) and 15 Colleges of Education to integrate Play Based Learning Methodology into course outlines and curriculums. This will equip teachers with the skills needed even before they are introduced to the classrooms.
Communications Specialist at RTP-Ghana, Austin Kwabena Brako, throwing more light on the programme’s purpose said: “The organisation decided to undertake this exercise as part of efforts to deepen the understanding of media and PROs of partner agencies on the play-based learning pedagogy and its work in the country”.
In order to ensure the organisation’s aims are achieved, he said, RTP-Ghana has been working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and its agencies: including the Ghana Education Service GES, National Teaching Council (NTC), National Council on Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) and the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA).
District municipal education officers have also been included to implement the Gender Responsive Education and Transformation (GREAT) project and the Partners in Play Project (P3). The play-based methodology boosts the confidence of students, promotes leadership skills and enhances good communication among themselves.
About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above their adversity through the power of play. RTP works with children in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth; helping them to stay in school and graduate, to prevent disease and to heal from war-abuse.