The News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal can authoritatively report that Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) has being rebranded as Transforming Teaching, Education and Learning (T-TEL). The new T-TEL formally became a Ghanaian owned Non – Governmental Organization (NGO) on July 7th, 2020, and is expected to operate several programmes with a focus on Senior High Education in Ghana.
The Old TTEL (Transforming Teacher Education and Learning)
In February 2020 when the News Desk interacted with the then T-TEL Team Lead, Mr. Robin Todd on the future of the organization, he stated that “T-TEL is ending this year. The Minister has been very supportive and introduced us to a donor. They have expressed interest in establishing T-TEL as a private entity. So, for the moment, T-TEL is due to come to an end this year. I hope I will be able to announce to you by the middle of the year that T-TEL is continuing its work in Ghana”.
T-TEL since its inception in 2014 has been working with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education and its regulatory agencies, all 46 public Colleges of Education and other educational institutions to strengthen pre-service teacher education in Ghana and to support the implementation of the Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) degree which is in its second year.
T-TEL for the past six – years has been funded by DFID and managed by Cambridge Education.
The New T-TEL (Transforming Teaching, Education and Learning)
The new T-TEL brand is formally registered as a Ghanaian not-for-profit company with its mission set to be a leading supplier of educational technical assistance for improving learning outcomes and greater productivity. Accountability, integrity, inclusivity, collaboration, creativity, and excellence are the guiding principles on which the new T-TEL has been formed.
The new T-TEL Board is chaired by Prof Jophus Anamuah-Mensah and Rev. Sister Elizabeth Amoako-Arhen as Vice-Chair. Other members of the board are Prof Mohammed Salifu, Mr. John Martin, Prof Kwame Acheampong, Prof Rita Akosua Dickson, Prof George Oduro, Mr. Robin Todd (Executive Director of T-TEL) and Akwasi Addae-Boahene (Ministry of Education representative).
Priscilla Acheampong is the new T-TEL Company Secretary.
There is a proposal for a six-year programme of support to Senior High School Teaching, Education, and Learning which has been submitted to Mastercard Foundation. Discussions are currently ongoing with Mastercard Foundation in preparation for a September 2020 start date.
There is also budgetary provision within this programme to support the 5 universities and 46 public Colleges of Education with the implementation of the B.Ed. in initial Teacher Education which will see a phased-out continuation of DFID’s T-TEL TA support.
The new T-TEL is aiming to become a permanent feature of the Ghanaian education landscape.
Objectives of the new T-TEL
- To provide high-quality technical advice, project management, research, and implementation support services to institutions to transform teaching and learning;
- To promote an evidence and learning-based approach to achieving sustainable development and improved educational outcomes;
- To coordinate and support strategic collaboration across the education sector, including the development of strategic partnerships which promote the Goals and Objects of the organisation;
- To mobilise citizen action and advocate for quality education outcomes in Ghana.
- To convene inclusive dialogue and collaboration across Ghanaian society (including government, civil society, educational institutions and the private sector) to improve educational outcomes;
- To promote gender equality and social inclusion in all its programmes;
- To receive donations, including financial support, in aid of these objects; and
- To take such lawful actions as may be necessary to attain these objects.
Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal