School Connect aims to respond to countries' demand for access to UK expertise on key educational themes. It facilitates these connections through policy dialogue, advocacy, and technical assistance and builds connections through policy discussions, research, insights, and scoping, including extensive engagement between Ministries of Education and the UK sector

The British Council Ghana is tasked to equip pe-tetiary teachers, school leaders, and policymakers with the tools and skill sets to propel how they do their work. The team in carrying out this mandate is to curate capacity-building strands around the below thematic areas:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Skills for Schools

Objective:

Empowering Educators and Future Leaders:

  • Transforming Teaching and Learning: We support teachers and school leaders, enhance teaching practices, and foster a more engaging learning environment for all students.
  • Building Leadership Capacity: By facilitating study visits and exchange programs with UK and other high-performing education systems, we contribute to developing strong and innovative school leadership.
  • Equipping Students for the Digital Age: We support the government's initiative to equip students with valuable digital skills, fostering problem-solving, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the world through digital education.

Preparing Students for Success:

  • Unleashing Employability Skills: We work towards enhancing students' employability skills and preparing them for successful careers in STEM fields.
  • Developing Critical Thinkers: We foster critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in students, equipping them with essential skills for lifelong learning and success.

Creating Inclusive and Equitable Schools:

  • Fostering a Collaborative School Culture: We collaborate with key stakeholders to create a vision for open, inclusive, and collaborative schools that promote instructional leadership, gender equality, and the success of all students.
  • Promoting Gender Equality: We actively promote a gender-sensitive educational system, utilising instructional leadership techniques to ensure gender-responsive pedagogy throughout schools.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: We encourage evidence-based decision-making within the education sector for continuous improvement and effective resource allocation.

Where we are:

  • The Ghana Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service are our key partners. This year, their focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, school leadership support, and building inclusive schools aligns with our new Schools Connect agenda.
  • In Ghana, the demand for equitable schools, STEM education, and effective school leadership has created the right business case for our programme. Our Inclusive School module has helped the ministry identify students' visible and invisible special needs. Our initial capacity-building session focused on Dyscalculia and Dyslexia teaching strategies, with plans for further support.
  • The ministry's commitment to STEM education offers an excellent opportunity for our Skills for Success strand, which equips young learners with digital literacy skills. We aim to bring UK expertise in digital literacy to Ghana and partner with local organisations and the ministry to support advanced STEM graduates.
  • Our Instructional Leadership module began with a study visit to the UK, exposing Ghanaian educational stakeholders to UK practices. We support implementing these learnings locally, believing robust leadership enhances the quality of education. Schools Connect aims to equip school leaders with advanced leadership skills to foster student growth.