TTAG launches COVID – 19 College Challenge

The Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) with support from the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T – TEL) is officially launching the COVID – 19 College Challenge today for trainee teachers in the 46 public Colleges of Education.

The Challenge is open to all continuing students in the 46 public Colleges of Education. The objective of the Challenge is to inspire innovation among student teachers to generate creative ways of making learning accessible to disadvantaged children in their communities.

Submission of entries for the contest opens on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 and ends on Monday, May 20th, 2020.

Since the temporal closure of schools in Ghana as a measure to help manage the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Ministry of Education together with its stakeholders and educational institutions have initiated efforts to ensure that teaching and learning continue through the use of various distance and virtual learning management systems. For example, the Ghana Education Service has set up the Ghana Learning television channel for airing virtual lessons to support Kindergarten, Junior and Senior high school education. Various e-Learning management systems are also being used by Universities to support teaching and learning in tertiary institutions.

The emergency shifts to virtual teaching and learning in Ghana’s schools has its accompanying challenges and more work needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition. The virtual learning platforms are only available to students who have access to electricity, television sets, internet data, smartphones, tablets and computers, which leaves out those who lack access to these technologies. Even when students have them, high costs of internet data can make it difficult to access  learning platform, despite the attempts to mitigate this through ‘zero rating’ of educational sites by telecoms providers. In addition to technical solutions (radio, TV, virtual learning systems etc.), it is really important to think about how to put in place measures to ensure that learners are encouraged to learn and study.

In light of this the ‘COVID-19 College Challenge’ has been proposed to encourage College of Education students to come up with creative ideas/proposals on how to provide continuous learning for disadvantaged children who cannot access online education within their communities.

To be successful in this contest, trainee teachers must identify a practical problem in their community that prevents learners from gaining full access to teaching and learning during the COVID – 19 pandemic period, suggest workable solutions you have initiated and provide evidence of your impact by submitting to the challenge in written or multi-media file formats.

Entrants are encouraged to think outside the box. Participating ideas must be innovative, non-complex and sustainable. There is no language restriction, however, entrants submitting content in Ghanaian language(s) should attach a transcript in English.

Get more details of the COVID – 19 College Challenge in this week’s Journal.

Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal. 

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