The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) donated GHS154,000 to seven Colleges of Education (GHS22,000) to support the purchase of science equipment for the training teachers in STEM. Colleges of Education depend on government for support in training student teachers who will lead the teaching of STEM in basic and second-cycle schools. However, this support has been inadequate over the years. GNAT hopes its assistance will complement support from government and other stakeholders and help address some of the deficits in science infrastructure and equipment, science laboratories and other related needs.
Beneficiary colleges include:
- St. John Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo (Upper East Region);
- Presbyterian College of Education, Kibi (Eastern Region)
- Bagabaga College of Education, Bagabaga (Northern Region)
- Wesley College of Education, Kumasi (Ashanti Region)
- St. Francis College of Education, Hohoe (Volta Region);
- Nusrat Jahan Ahmadiyya College of Education, Wa (Upper West Region), and
- OLA College of Education, Cape Coast (Central Region).
General Secretary of GNAT Mr. Thomas Tanko Musah said while the association recognizes its core mandate of striving to improve the conditions of service of its members, GNAT was acting within the framework of friendship, commitment to the cause of education and the demonstration of ‘we feeling’ (sense of belonging).
“Thus it is within the framework of friendship, commitment to the cause of education in the colleges of education in Ghana’s schools in general and the demonstration of we feeling that GNAT is coming to the aid of the seven institutions.”Mr. Thomas Tanko Musah |General Secretary, GNAT
President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Ms. Phillipa Larsen said the GNAT had plans to support colleges of education as part of its CSR commitments. Ms. Larsen explained that colleges of education train teachers who constitute the membership of GNAT. Without the necessary equipment, colleges would not be able to provide the best training for student teachers, she added.
Speaking on behalf of the seven beneficiary colleges, Principal of St Francis College of Education Mr. Raphael Kwashie expressed appreciation to GNAT for what he described as a “wonderful gesture.” Mr. Kwashie noted that the support had come in timely because some colleges were struggled to provide science equipment for the training of students. Mr. Kwashie pledged the commitment of the beneficiary colleges to make the best and diligent use of the funds provided to purchase needed equipment.
Section four of the Colleges of Education Act, 2012 requires institutions to set up well-equipped resource centres where staff, students and serving teachers would be assisted to acquire skills in making and using teaching and learning materials for effective classroom teaching. Article 3 (1g) of the 2018 amended GNAT Constitution enjoins the association to assist the colleges of education.