The Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has today Monday, June 22, 2020, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a global organization, ‘Right to Play’ at the Council Chamber, North Campus, UEW.
The MoU from now gives ‘Right to Play’ the permission to support UEW in the training of future teachers in different Faculties in the Colleges of Education and assist to capacitate the tutors who are teaching these future teachers to improve and impact the learning outcomes of Ghanaian children.
The two parties would also collaborate to conduct research in communities where the teachers are teaching and share the knowledge thereof, with universities and other players in the educational sector impact of learning through play.
Again, both parties would work together to organize conferences to equip themselves with the learning outcomes and experiences of children in different schools.
The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni assured the visitors that UEW was extremely ready to work collaboratively with them to make the teaching profession a sought-after profession.
“It is very heartwarming that you have come; we would have a lot in common. We would have a lot to collaborate and we would have a lot to do as we build capacity to improve the output of our lecturers and our students who will then go out and become the young and professional educators,” he stated.
Leader of the ‘Right to Play’ delegation, Ms. Josephine Mukakalisa expressed optimism that her outfit’s partnership with the leading Teacher Education University in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa, would attain the intended goal of helping future teachers and less privileged children in the Ghanaian society to rise above adversity using the power of quality education through play.
“This is a new experience for ‘Right to Play’ working with University and pre-service training specifically and it will be a centre of excellence for us. We have to invest all our effort so that it becomes a model for other universities or other organizations or even the Ministry of Education which will need to invest more in this approach. With this, we can produce tangible results on the impact of learning through play in the teaching and learning practices and the performance of the schools and performance of the children,” she said.
The Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies, Prof. Samuel Hayford, who gave the purpose for the meeting, recounted the exploits and experiences of the visitors.
‘Right to Play’ is a global organisation with the mission to protect, educate and empower children in the most disadvantaged communities to rise above adversity using the power of play. Their programme priorities are in quality education, gender equality, health and wellbeing as well as child protection.
The focus of ‘Right to Play’ programmes in Ghana is on poor rural areas where elevating the quality of teacher training and student-teacher relationships is most needed. Through after-school clubs, their play-based activities educate students about their rights and teach them how to protect their health, safety and ability to participate in education.