The Institute for Distance Education and e-Learning (IDeL), has ended a five-week intensive training workshop to resource Basic Education tutors of the institute to effectively teach the second-semester courses for the new curriculum and the use of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Learning Management System (LMS).
The workshop, which took place at the Wadoma Royale Hotel, Abuakwa-Kumasi, saw some 650 selected tutors drawn across the country grouped into 10 cohorts to be trained in turns over the five-week training period.
Addressing participants at the closing of the workshop on behalf of the Director of the Institute, Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah, the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies, Prof. Samuel Abeiku Hayford, expressed profound gratitude to participants and all those involved in organising and facilitating the workshop, for the great sacrifices made to see the workshop through and in supporting the Government to deliver quality education to the future leaders of the country
“People have risked; we have gone through the jams of Kumasi roads, the bad nature of our roads in the country to be here. Some of us have had to move up and down from Kumasi to Winneba for administrative duties. These ain’t pleasure trips. Sometimes, you get there very late and the next morning you have to be at the office to work. We did all that because we’re thinking about our country, to support the Government to achieve the aim of quality education for our younger generation”, he noted.
He stressed that the workshop was a demonstration of the UEW’s commitment to align and support the Government’s vision on the delivery of quality education to the masses and its consequent commitment to spending every amount of money to train quality teachers who will go and inspire learners to learn and achieve great learning outcomes.
Prof. Hayford, who was amazed at the positive responses of the tutors to the call to duty, explained that the pandemic had congested the timetable to the extent that there couldn’t have been any better time than to squeeze in the workshop around this period. He hoped that there would be more time in the future for more practical hands-on sessions.
He expressed optimism that certain things which the tutors did in their approach to teaching before the workshop will change when they step into the Centres to deliver their next lessons and change the way they interact with students to move them towards attaining the national standards because the standards are the minimum that teachers can strive to achieve.
Prof. Hayford assured participants that IDeL will continue to create opportunities for tutors to come together to learn more techniques that will go to support the training of the institute’s student-teachers so that by the close of the four-year journey, they will be so prepared to pass their licensure examination, and step into the classroom to inspire all learners to learn for Ghana to attain the Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG 4)