|Date||30 Sep 2022|
Universal kindergarten (KG) education, ages four to six, was introduced in Ghana in 2007, adding two years of compulsory KG education to the primary school system. While a great achievement, equivalent gains were not made in the quality of education and learning experiences in classrooms, meaning young children are still experiencing poor learning outcomes at a critical stage of their development.
Sabre Education was founded in 2004 with an aim to give every child the best possible start through quality early years education. Sabre is an award-winning early childhood education charity, working in close partnership with the Government of Ghana to deliver Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.2 on universal access to quality pre-primary education. We do this through:
Transformational Teacher Training: carried out in direct partnership with the Ghana Education Service and Universities & Colleges of Education, we support the delivery of high-quality play-based teacher training to in-service teachers, head teachers, GES district officers and student teachers. The teacher training content is fully aligned with the Ghanaian Government’s play-based kindergarten curriculum. To date, Sabre has trained over 8,500 kindergarten teachers, head teachers and student teachers, as well as 594 GES officers in three regions of Ghana, and as a result over 122,990 four and five year old children are benefiting from play-based learning.
Creating Playful Schools/ Improving the Learning Environment: we promote the construction and renovation of school complexes to ensure young children have innovative kindergarten facilities for play-based teaching and learning.
Advocacy & Inﬂuencing: As a leading voice for early years education, Sabre has been inﬂuential in the ECE sector in Ghana for 18 years. Over these years, Sabre has contributed to the development of a 5-year Operational Plan for National Scale Up of Best Practices in Kindergarten; provided technical expertise, training materials and methodology during the revision of the Kindergarten Curriculum; contributed technical expertise, training materials and methodology toward the development of the Bachelor of Education (Early Grades); and contributed to the development of a new policy and plan for ECE by the MOE and GES with technical and funding support from UNICEF.
Ghana is a leader in early childhood education in Africa, and is currently poised to nationally scale teacher training in this new play based kindergarten curriculum. There is significant momentum towards this goal, with Sabre playing an important leadership role in the ECE sector in support of government’s ambitious agenda.
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