The kids in the classrooms in Africa are very sweet! I’m not going to share any photos I took on the internet, so these photos of goats at school will have to do!
I was expecting to be shocked and upset observing in the Ghanaian classrooms, but I was well enough prepared not to be. This was important because I was there with a job to do, figuring out what the teachers’ development needs are how to meet these.
I spent 2 days in classrooms in different schools. The teachers Eva and Emma made us very welcome, even though I don’t think they had any warning they were having a whole day observation.
As well as having to cope with limited classroom resources, teachers get little training and have classes usually of over 40 children. I genuinely take my hat off to them and how resourceful they are. As teachers have few opportunities for CPD and professional dialogue isn’t the norm, they are teaching in a very chalk and talk style with children sat in rows.
One of the things that our teacher Emma said really stuck with me. You don’t teach for the money, you teach for the love and for the students. That is true of excellent teachers the world over. And this is also why there is hope that with access to up to date training, even teachers working in the most adverse conditions can deliver engaging and enriching lessons to improve the life opportunities for their students.