In March, we introduced a new element to the Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training programme; Circuit Based Meetings.

The Circuit Based Meetings aim to encourage support and sharing between Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training programme teachers, and will serve as a sustainability measure going forward. Once Sabre is no longer directly delivering training to the schools, teachers will still be able to come together to share their successes and discuss ways to overcome their challenges, along with their Ghana Education Service officers.

The first round of Circuit Based Meetings has been a huge success, and it was amazing to hear some of the success stories teachers had to share!

Phonics and story sharing, as always, were repeatedly cited as stand-out successes by teachers for their impact on the children’s learning and personal development, but it was great to hear some specific examples from other elements of the programme that teachers find motivating in their work.

Teachers from Cherubim & Seraphim Primary told us about how happy the children were to go on a field trip to visit important areas in their community, which even resulted in a short ride around the block in a MetroMass coach! For most of the children, this was the first time they’d been on a coach, so you can imagine how excited they were. The teachers said the enthusiasm of the children when they were learning in such a practical way has given them motivation to arrange more trips outside the school.

Teachers from Jacob Wilson Sey Kindergarten also brought along some of the fantastic teaching and learning materials that they have created, such as their ‘Maths Tree’ which has helped the KG2 children with their addition skills, and the ‘Daily Focus Chart’ which is displayed on the wall of the their classroom.

As well as the good news stories shared, it was very encouraging to hear Ghana Education Service officers and teachers working together to find solutions to the challenges they’ve been facing in their classrooms. Their capacity to do this is vital for the continued success of the programme, and these meetings have boosted our confidence that our colleagues are more than capable!

Keep up the excellent work!