In December 2018, Eni Ghana launched an initiative in education in collaboration with an NGO, Lead for Ghana (LFG), formerly Teach for Ghana, to help improve education standards at public Primary and Junior High schools in our host communities: Old and New Bakanta, Sanzule, Krisan and Eikwe, in the Western region of Ghana. The project centers on placing "fellows/alumni" as teachers into the targeted schools. Prior to fellow placement, a well-structured, non-biased selection and training process took place from January 2019 to August 2019 by LFG. We currently have more than 1,300 pupils and more than 20 teachers on board on this project as beneficiaries.
Another wing of this project is the direct training of twenty-four teachers and head teachers on a termly basis. These Professional Development sessions help improve the pedagogical skills of teachers, classroom leadership and other important teaching and learning methods.
Lead for Ghana selects and trains young graduates and professionals to support the teachers in improving the educational standards in schools. For our project, they chose eight graduates in science, art, engineering, English and other subjects, and gave them a solid grounding in general teaching, specialist teaching, educational leadership, and professional conduct. At the end of the course, the young teachers moved to the Western region and they are now assisting teachers, and sharing the particular set of skills and teaching methods they have learned.
With this project as a pilot, a further and wider-reaching project will be launched, to enhance public Primary and Junior High schools standards in the 10 communities which are part of the area of influence of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project, positively impacting more students and teachers.