June 19, 2017 – In a brief ceremony held at Ashesi’s Norton-Motulsky Hall, 39 graduates, recruited from tertiary institutions across Ghana, were inducted as Teach for Ghana fellows.
The ceremony also kicked-off a six-week training program aimed at equipping the fellows with skills in pedagogy, classroom management, classroom culture, engaging with children and leadership in the classroom. Following the workshop, the fellows, who were selected from a pool of over 2500 applicants, will be assigned to teach in junior high schools in Northern Ghana for the next two years.
In 2015, Teach for Ghana became a Teach for All partner, joining a global network of organizations dedicated to expanding educational opportunities in the countries within which they operate. Around the globe, fellows of partner organizations spend two years in underserved communities providing guidance, mentorship and leadership in their roles as teachers.
“We want to create a country where irrespective of where you were born, or the home you come from, when you walk into a classroom anywhere in this country, you should receive good, quality education,” said Daniel Dotse, CEO of Teach for Ghana. “We’re not asking for equal outcomes, all we’re asking for is equal opportunities, which is great education. That is what we are working towards.”
In 2016, the organization sent their pioneering class of 30 fellows to serve in rural communities in Ghana's Volta Region, teaching Math, Science, Information Technology and English to junior high school students.
Speaking at the ceremony as was President of UT Group, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, who urged the fellows to embrace the challenges teaching in rural areas will present.
“Sometimes, challenges are imposed on you, but in some cases, you have to impose them on yourself,” he said. “To leave your comfort zones, to serve in some of these areas in Ghana to experience hardships is commendable. You’re getting yourself challenged, and that will serve you well in becoming a good leader, so we’re going to have from you the leadership that Ghana needs, the leadership that understands the plight of those who have been neglected and the leadership that would give equal opportunities to all those in this country.”
As part of the training program, the fellows will also spend time in junior high schools in towns around Ashesi, including Ketaase, Agymenti and Ayim, where they will work with teachers and students to gain hands-on experience.
Learn more about Ashesi’s partnership with Teach for Ghana.