Kindergarten helps children be ready to learn in primary and beyond
As the Deputy Director-General of the GES and implementers of the MoE’s policies, my and the entire leadership’s vision is to respond to the needs of Ghanaian children to ensure that they all have a fair chance to be “ready for learning” in primary school.
While kindergarten is integrated in the Education Sector Plan (ESP 2018-2030) and the Education Sector Medium-Term Development Plan (ESMTDP 2018-2021), there was a concern that the uniqueness and distinctiveness of kindergarten might be overshadowed and overlooked in the broader basic education space.
In order to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of pre-primary education in Ghana, the key question to tackle was, how do we ensure that the early education systems’ particular features and challenges are articulated and highlighted so that they are systematically and substantially addressed?
Little did I know that the answer was to be found right at my doorstep through a new, innovative diagnostic and planning process that is developing into a comprehensive “Kindergarten Policy Framework” consisting of (1) a kindergarten-specific policy directive; (2) a detailed costed kindergarten operational plan; and (3) an accompanying monitoring and evaluation framework.
Diagnostic and planning workshop: identifying and overcoming challenges to universal quality pre-primary
The process began with a collaborative diagnostic workshop in June 2018, engaging the MoE/GES and key partners to assess the pre-primary landscape in Ghana. The workshop also helped to identify priority challenges and associated strategies across the subsector to improve the provision of equitable and quality ECE. Findings from the diagnostic workshop revealed, for example, weak coordination mechanisms among key ECE stakeholders that are essential for collective impact; inadequate family and community engagement; and limited data from the sub-national level to better inform policy decisions.
A key result from this exercise was the establishment of a “core technical working group” of ECE stakeholders tasked to take forward the findings from the workshop and craft the “Kindergarten Policy Framework” aligned with ESP 2018-2030 and ESMTDP 2018-2021. The framework aimed at reducing inefficiences and maximizing results of children’s school readiness. This core team consists of GES planning officers, staticians and ECE and M&E experts, research and program officers from key NGOs and donor agencies, and serve as technical experts and champions for ECE.
Bright Dey, a participating GES Planning Officer and member of the core team, says he benefited from the work because it, “gave me a lof of exposure on most of the critical child development issues, which we often overlook in our educational planning processes. I’m now better off to deliver improved planning for quality ECE.”
Thankfully, I was invited participate in a Validation Workshop on moving the draft ECE Policy Framework agenda, otherwise known as "Kindergarten Policy Framework", in Ghana forward at Accra yesterday (Monday 24 February).
I'm really delighted to have listened to Mr. Anthony Boateng of the Ghana Education Service directorate at the event. Indeed, he wholeheartedly did communicate that the draft ECE Policy Framework in Ghana must not just be a working document, but a living document as well.
I am grateful for the opportunity to participate. Thank you.
Go GPE, go BELDS!!
E J O A
[An alum of the 2019 IIEP-UNESCO/UNICEF/GPE MOOC on Mainstreaming ECE in Education Sector Planning]
25 February, 2020
In reply to Thankfully, I was invited… by Emmanuel Annan
Wow...such great progress on the path of mainstreaming ECE in ESPs in not so ordinary times! I am most thrilled to hear about these two remarkable achievements: (1) Ghana's ECE Policy Framework is now ready! => https://www.ece-accelerator.org/resources/ghanas-early-childhood-educat… (2) An ECE Accelerator Analysis and Planning Toolkit has been developed by the GPE and UNICEF in support of activities revolving around the Better Early Learning and Development at Scale (BELDS) initiative toward the attainment of ECE Policy goals of many a country, in the long run.
All told, I am happy for the opportunity of continuing to learn from the e-resource hub in the ECE Accelerator Toolkit www.ece-accelerator.org . Thank you, gentle reader.
E J O A
[A 'champion' alum of the 2019 IIEP-UNESCO/UNICEF/GPE MOOC on Mainstreaming ECE into ESPs]
04 May, 2021
The opportunity to be a part of the ECE National Core Technical Working Group did not only enabled me to contribute my experiences as an educational planner but also helped me to learn and build capacity about the BELDS approach. Great initiative from the GPE and UNICEF.
As a pediatrician attached to a unique scheme at Dayalbagh India I want to share our 4 years longitudinal observational study involving hundreds of children between age 3weeks to 5years who follow the holistic routine with community. Their growth and development measured on a 6 dimensional scale shows encouraging early childhood development and education results
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