600 Teachers in Accra and Kumasi Trained to Code in Preparation towards Africa Code Week 2018 – DreamOval Foundation

600 Teachers in Accra and Kumasi Trained to Code in Preparation towards Africa Code Week 2018

600 Teachers in Accra and Kumasi Trained to Code in Preparation towards Africa Code Week 2018

Now in its third year running, the DreamOval Foundation in partnership with SAP, Ghana Education Service, CTSC, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, CAMDEN Education Trust, UNESCO and Youth Mobile have successfully organised another session of the Train-The-Teacher module in Accra and Kumasi.

These training sessions were targeted specifically at ICT, Science and Math teachers in public Junior High and Primary Schools. The module began on the 6th of August and ended on the 9th in both cities.

TTT 2018 Kumasi

What is TTT?

In preparation for Africa Code Week, SAP deploys its own teams of skilled volunteers as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Their mission: to empower 70 000 teachers and 2 million youth with 21st-century digital skills by 2020. These Train-the-Trainer (TTT) sessions help scale the Africa Code Week reach over all the continent by empowering teachers and youth with digital skills. TTT implements these sessions in collaboration with selected organizations in participating countries.

How Different are TTT’s this year in Ghana?

Master trainers for this year’s Train-The-Teacher module were selected from schools in Accra and Kumasi. These teachers were selected because they displayed an exceptional understanding of Scratch from last year’s event.

A facilitator from this year, Vida Kwakye had this to say about the four-day event in Accra.i

‘The programme was exciting and served as a great platform for us master trainers. Training our colleagues helped us develop more skills in teaching and coding. We realised our fellow teachers were comfortable sharing their experiences and challenges while trying their hands out on Scratch. Ultimately, our goal is to bridge the digital skills gap in Ghana and our target is pupils.’

What ACW is and seeks to achieve.

Africa Code Week(ACW) is a continent-wide initiative to spark the interest of African children, teenagers and young adults in software coding. Spearheaded by SAP in 2015 as part of its social investments to drive sustainable growth in Africa, Africa Code Week (ACW) is the story of hundreds of schools, teachers, governments, businesses and nonprofits getting together to give birth to the largest digital literacy initiative ever organized on the African continent. Strong public-private partnerships are the driving force behind the initiative’s ambitious goals and ability to secure effective youth employment interventions across the continent.

Africa Code Week is managed by the DreamOval Foundation. According to Francis Ahene-Affoh, Country Ambassador for Africa Code Week in Ghana, since the partnership with Africa Code Week commenced in 2016, more than 1500 teachers and 180 000 students have received vital digital skills training to help them meet 21st-century challenges. This year’s program looks better than ever, with a focus on building capacity within Ghana to ensure our youth are ready to be active players on the global stage.”

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