Ghana Reads

Seeking to improve literacy among elementary level children from low-income families, the Ghana Reads program provides teacher “coaches” that help teachers deliver a more interactive, activity-based curriculum while also supplying schools with Basic e-Learning Library (BeLL) systems with up to two terabytes of educational resources.
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Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Open Learning Exchange Ghana
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Location Data

Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo Region, Eastern Region
Ga West Municipality, Ayawaso West Wugon Sub Metro, Kpone Katamanso District, Tema Municipality, Kwahu Afram Plains Sounth District, Kintampo South District, Sekyere East District
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The Ghana Reads program is implemented by Open Learning Exchange Ghana and focuses on fostering interactive teaching and providing educational resources to improve literacy among low-income elementary students in Ghana. Working in the Ga West district of the Greater Accra region, the program uses "coaches" with significant expertise in teaching and learning to help teachers transition to more interactive teaching methods, breaking the traditional instructor/student hierarchy. These teaching coaches work as circuit supervisors within the public education system and are assigned to schools (2 per coach) in partnership with the Ghanaian government. Prior to engagement with teachers, coaches go through training to orient them on the Ghana Reads philosophy. After being trained, coaches work with teachers in the classroom, help them in lesson planning, and record videos of teachers delivering lessons so the coach and teacher can review the lesson together and the coach can give constructive feedback.

The second pillar of the Ghana Reads program is its provision of digital educational resources to its beneficiary schools. Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs) will be installed and supported in 20 rural elementary schools. They consist of computer servers with two terabytes of open educational resources, which are connected to a projector, laser printer, speakers, and monitors to allow for use of its resources for large group lesson delivery, individual use on monitors, and other uses. Additional resources can be added through flash drives or created locally using a keyboard and video camera. The BeLL does not have to be connected to the internet to access these resources; however if connected it can obtain additional resources from Open Learning Exchange's Earth BeLL and other websites around the world. In addition to providing these resources and training teachers on their usage, the program also seeks to provide students with technology such as tablets and mobile devices which will enable them to practice their reading proficiency independently and in small groups while teachers record and monitor their progress.

Highlighting Innovation: 
Low cost pocket sized mobile School Basic e-Learning Libraries (BeLLs) which which include educational software and multimedia material, provides scalable model for achieving universal literacy in Ghana within the financial constraints of its government.
Key Challenges: 
Getting teachers to accept change usually in the form of emerging best practices, helping them manage the change process and put into practice emerging best practices in the profession. This requires a change in thinking patterns and ingrained attitude.