Africa-Press – Ghana. A total of161 teachers selected from deprived areas in the Northern, Savannah and North East Regions have undergone a special in-service training at the Tamale College of Education to improve their teaching skills and creativity.
The five-day training was organised by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) under the Nkabom project.
The event, which marked the 61st anniversary of professional cooperation between GNAT and CTF, was dubbed: “The Teachers Action for Learning and New Entrants Mentorship Programme”.
It comprised diverse activities including classroom sessions designed to update teachers’ professional knowledge and to improve teaching and learning to ensure retention of pupils.
The training was guided by the standard based curriculum, teachers’ standards, and specific topics such as inclusive education, mentoring, action research, early grade education and professional growth among others.
Participants evaluated the programme with reports submitted to the leadership of GNAT at a closing ceremony to assess performances during the programme.
Mr Kwame Dagbandow, Deputy General Secretary, Education and Professional Development at GNAT, speaking during the closing of the training in Tamale, said teachers were in an industry, which required constant knowledge update and continuous professional development.
He said experienced resource persons were selected to facilitate the training to achieve the objectives of helping weaker teachers to become effective and to enhance administrative competencies of school heads.
Dr Peter Attafuah, Northern Regional Director of Education urged participants to extend the lessons learnt from the programme to other teachers, who were not privileged to participate in the training.
He lauded GNAT’s efforts to help the Ghana Education Service and advised teachers to redevelop positive attitudes towards their profession, which would extend to students.
Reverend Isaac Owusu, National President of GNAT said the leadership of GNAT would defend the interest of its members and act to enhance the growth and development of its members.
He encouraged teachers to have faith in the GNAT and other initiatives targeted at making life convenient for them and called on them to join the Teachers’ Fund to contribute towards their future.
He noted that GNAT had a university building project, which was 95 per cent complete, and would soon be opened to teachers and the public to undertake professional courses.
Dr Sulemana Iddrisu, Principal of the Tamale College of Education told teachers to demonstrate creativity and skills as learnt from the training as a way to appreciate the support of CTF.