The School for Life/Tzedek Education Quality Initiative Project (EQUIP) started as a pilot project in Saboba and Cheriponi Districts. Its main aim is to contribute to the provision of quality education in very deprived schools in Ghana through in-service training for teachers and head teachers, supply of supplementary text books and other teaching and learning materials. During the pilot, ten schools were chosen as EQUIP schools in each of the pilot Districts. After the pilot, the project extended its coverage to include two new (Savelugu/Nanton and Kumbungu) districts. EQUIP is being funded by Comic Relief and Tzedek.
Whiles the project extended its coverage by adding more districts, it increased the number of beneficiary schools in each of the existing districts. Thus, the number of beneficiary schools was increased from ten during the pilot to twenty new schools, in the existing districts. In all, twenty new schools were added in each of Saboba and Cheriponi districts when it extended its coverage to new districts.
The EQUIP Programme seeks to improve the quality of education in selected schools in Northern Region. The program is aimed at improving learning outcomes in schools; cultivating reading habits in children; promoting independent learning; and building confidence in teachers though the following interventions:
Ü Training of selected teachers in learner- centered, mother – tongue, gender sensitive teaching, and the creation of teaching and learning materials from local sources and teaching of reading and writing skills
Ü Training of head teachers in aspects of school management
Ü Training of Ghana Education Service school supervisors to perform their roles more effectively
Ü Provision of materials of various sorts to the schools to promote the culture of reading among children
Ü Conducting competitions and assessments to test performance and achievements
Ü Organize orientation workshop for SMC/PTA Executive members on their roles
A Teacher Presents at EQUIP In-service training
The key stakeholders/partners of EQUIP include; The Ghana Education Directorates of beneficiary districts, District Assemblies of Beneficiary districts, heads of schools, SMC/PTA, teachers as well as pupils. Whiles the above institutions/personalities are partnering, School for Life is an Implementing partner of Tzedek, which initiates policies/programs with partners and implements the projects on the ground.
The School for Life/Tzedek EQUIP is implemented by Project Staff made up of four (4) District Coordinators, a Project Coordinator and Project Manager. All district coordinators report to the Project Coordinator who in turn reports to the Project Manager. The Management of School for Life, exercises oversight responsibility over all EQUIP project staff.
For more information on the School for Life/Tzedek EQUIP project, click here: http://schoolforlifegh.blogspot.com/2013/11/school-for-lifetzedek-education-quality.html