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On Saturday, 5th of December 2015, between 9am-2pm starting from the Jubilee Park, we the ActionAid Ghana Global Platform Campaigners will be joining hands with other key stakeholders to embark on a float demanding the provision of adequate Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) for quality education in basic schools in Dimala, Kpene, Dabokpa and Pagazaa communities in Tamale, Ghana. The theme for the campaign is: “Teaching and Learning Materials for Quality Education in Basic Schools”.

The float will seek to encourage the public to speak out and demand the provision of adequate Teaching and Learning Materials in our basic schools. Our recent fact finding visits to the above mentioned communities on the 3rd November, 2015 revealed that on average, one text book is used by five pupils and one dual desk is used by four pupils to mention a few. Our interaction with the teachers and pupils has made us realize that, lack of teaching and learning materials in the schools is contributing greatly to the poor performance of basic schools in the rural areas.

We are of the view that this is not acceptable and is a deprivation of quality education as enshrined in the 1992 constitution of Ghana Article 38(1) that obligates the state to provide educational facilities at all levels.

We therefore invite all interested stakeholders, concerned groups and individuals to stand together and join us in the float to demand quality education for our children. We also request all stakeholders to bring their organizational banners, placards with campaign messages and other related materials for the float.

By: Global Platform Campaigners
Daniel Nii Ankrah +233249749489 – Spokesperson

Mohammed Shiraz Salamatu +233507787597 – Deputy Spokesperson

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Aspiring Activistas fight for the right to learning materials in Northern Ghana.

Fourteen (14) young people, who recently signed up to join Activista Ghana, have stepped up their ante by influencing the Global Platform Ghana Campaign course 2015 participants to focus on Teacher rationalization campaign in Northern region, Ghana. The advocacy campaign is organized under the theme “Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) for quality education in basic schools”

The aspiring Activista Ghana members have together with other young activists from Burundi, Nigeria and Senegal set their target on building the skills of teachers and schools executives such as School Management Committees (SMCs), Teacher Parent Associations (PTAs) to lobby the Northern Region District Directorate and other key stakeholders in education to provide Teaching and Learning Materials for basic schools. The activists have chosen Kpene, Dabokpa, Dimala and Paazar communities in Tamale to be at the center of their advocacy campaign.

A situational analysis tour carried out by these activists to the four selected communities revealed that rural teachers feel disadvantaged as compared to their urban counterparts. Bulk of the teachers who spoke to the campaigners lamented long distance, bad roads, inadequate teaching and learning materials as demotivating and an impediment to effective teaching. They also argued that lack of cooperation from parents to support them with social amenities like alternative housing has negatively affected the moral of teachers. The tour also exposed alarming levels of low pass rates in rural areas; one school visited recorded a pass rate of as low as 28% in 2014.

According to the Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2010 – 2020 Vol (1) p14 improving the conditions of Teachers is a top priority coupled with availability of Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs). The strategy also highlights the importance equipping teachers with improvisation of mechanisms as stop gap measure in the short term.

One of the Activista Ghana aspirant member Yakubu Yussif  who is part of the campaign said “We chose to campaign on Teacher Rationalization with a bias towards Teaching Learning and Materials because it motivates teachers, it improves the performance of students.”  He continued “ The current conditions dissuade rural teachers who have no adequate teaching and learning materials,” “ What is striking the most is the fact the very rural teachers have to prepare their students for the same examinations that their urban counterparts sit for who have a better competitive advantage as their conditions are better “ he added.

The activists have argued that provision of teaching and learning facilities is a right.  The Ghanaian Constitution of 1992, Article 38 (1)  provides  that the “ the state shall provide educational facilities at all levels in all the regions of Ghana and shall be to the greatest extent possible make those facilities available to all citizens “ and hence the government has a duty to provide for teaching and learning materials as guaranteed in the constitution. Article 21 (1) further gives credence to their argument that basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all.

The course has so far covered 5 weeks. The young activists have been equipped with knowledge and skills to run an effective campaign.  The next four weeks will witness an intense series of activities as part of the campaign on Teacher Rationalization – Teaching and Learning Materials. A durbar at the Chief Palace has been lined up to mobilize people to support the campaign and be aware of challenges faced by teachers and promote the importance of provision of teaching and learning materials. Radio programmes and stakeholders meetings will build the momentum towards a march expected to bring together over 200 residents of Tamale Metropolitan advocating for teaching and learning materials in four (4) target basic schools.

The campaign is in sync with ActionAid International Key Change promise six (6) which harnesses youth leadership to end poverty and injustices. The campaign course creates confident and skilled social change agents and campaigners who will contribute significantly to the realization of successful campaigns in ActionAid and formation of new Activista networks.

By Michael Mdladla Ndiweni

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