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Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) Team on a Study Visit to OLE Ghana

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A delegation from the Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) led by their Permanent Secretary, Mr. Baboucarr Bouy, was in Ghana from the 21st to 30th of January 2016 to study OLE Ghana’s Open Learning System with particular reference to the Ghana Reads program and the BeLL system. The Gambia has for the past two years been thinking of integrating ICT into its education delivery at the pre-tertiary level and was looking for that final push to do so.

During a round of technical discussions held at the Maeglant Hotel between the MoBSE team and the OLE Ghana team led by its Executive Director, Mr. Kofi Essien, the two shared ICT in Education practices in the two countries both from the policy and practical perspective. Officials from Open Learning Exchange Ghana took the visitors from Gambia through the development of OLE Ghana’s Open Learning System and its culmination in its flagship project, Ghana Reads. There were special request to explain the Ghana BeLL system which involves the use of low cost technology such as the Raspberry Pi and also for OLE Ghana to explain its content creation and curation processes. The OLE Ghana officials also shared with the MoBSE team from Gambia challenges encountered as well as lessons learnt.

As part of the study visit the MoBSE team joined by the Permanent Secretary went on a school visit to Sacred Heart RC – Afuaman in the Ga West Municipality. The Gambian team had the opportunity to experience at first-hand what had been discussed during the technical meetings. They witnessed a P1 class that involved the use of projector, laptop and speakers. They also witnessed a P4 class doing a listening and speaking lesson with audio resources played over speakers with the help of a laptop. Lastly they witnessed P6 working on a video book on the tablet using multi-tasking pedagogy. They also interacted with the headmaster, coach and the lead teacher in the school as well as officials from the Ga-West Municipal Education office who explained how the innovation has benefited education in the municipality.

The team from Gambia was very impressed with what they saw and heard. According to the Permanent Secretary this was all the evidence they needed to be convinced to procceed with their integration of ICT in their pre-tertiary education delivery system. They requested support from OLE Ghana as they begin their ICT integration journey. The Permanent Secretary extended an invitation to the OLE Ghana Team to visit The Gambia for further talks on possible collaborations.
While in the country the MoBSE team also visited World Reader.

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