|Review Meeting On EQUALL Activities Held|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2010 09:19|
An annual review meeting to take stock of EQUALL activities in education in the Techiman Municipality has been held in Techiman.
EQUALL is an acronym for “education quality for all “project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development USAID under which 20 districts nationwide are assisted to improve on education.
According to the Municipal Director for Education Mr. Wiredu Kusi, EQUALL’s assistance to the Municipality in the last four years has impacted positively on education adding that results of basic education examinations has improved from 52.5 per cent in 2007, to 64.4 per cent 2008 and 69.89 per cent in 2009.
Mr. Kusi noted areas his outfit has benefited from EQUALL’s assistance, these he said included in-service training for 135 head teachers on effective management, support for circuit supervisors, training for school management committees, Parent-Teachers Association and community mobilisation through radio and participatory learning and action (PLA) programmes.
Other areas include monitoring visits to schools, school support visits by the municipal teacher support team and workshop on literacy instructional strategies for kindergarten to primary three teachers.
“EQUALL has agreed to help improve education in the Municipality. They started in 2007 and are expected to continue to June 2010. This is amply demonstrated by the fact that, in the last year starting from January 2009, they have supported us with a District Incentive Grant (DIG) of GH¢ 19,000.00.”
In his contribution, Mr. Fummey Geoffrey Education Management Improvement Trainer for EQUALL was grateful to Techiman for the successes achieved under the project, saying the Municipality has always been rated amongst the best ten districts where the project operates. He said EQUALL is currently rounding up its activities in the Municipality. He said in order to consolidate the gains made, the project has put in place a package for the Municipality.
Mr. Fummey said as part of the package, training sessions will be held for stakeholders in the Municipality and an exit durbar organised. The Municipality will be included in a proposal writing workshop and a pear review meeting in Kumasi later this month.
In an address, read on his behalf the Techiman Municipal Chief Executive Mr. Alex Kyeremeh reiterated the importance for an educated human resource base of a country if it is to eradicate poverty and to develop.
He was grateful to EQUALL and other stakeholders for the improvement achieved in education in the past few years.
Nana Dwamena Akenten Chief of Fuman, who chaired the function said from the statistics provided, education in the municipality is improving but called for the need to sustain the gains made. He urged all stakeholders to put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure the attainment of better results this year and beyond.
Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart, Techiman)