Our team in Ghana:
- Dr George Akanlig-Pare Co-Investigator (University of Ghana),
- Research Assistant Marco Nyarko
- Peer Tutor Esther Akrasi-Sarpong
- Peer Tutor Kwadwo Toah Addo
Major milestones so far:
14th February, 2018: Partner with Host: Demonstration School for the deaf and Senior High Technical School for the Deaf. Meeting with both headmasters:
To create a partnership between the project team and host centers, a project introductory meeting was convened on 14th February, 2018 where both heads of host centers were present. Dr. George Akanlig-Pare lead the discussion.
15th February – 6th March, 2018: Peer Tutors training
Two weeks of intensive training were conducted for the project two Peer Tutors at Mampong Akuapem Senior High Technical School for the Deaf. The training aim at preparing the two tutors for the project take off and equip them with all the necessary tools they might need in their teaching processes. After the intensive training, weekend training was continued for a month to fully prepare them on areas that have not yet been covered.
21st and 26th April, 2018: First Collaboratory workshop, Ghana
The first collaboratory workshop was conducted to gather data from deaf participants, educational authorities and policy makers with regard to bilingual teaching and learning which is a hallmark to academic success of the deaf in Ghana and elsewhere around the world.
Activities included poster displays, group and individual interviews, presentation of research question and gathering of data. About 60 individuals attended both events.
22nd – 25th May, 2018: Pretest for children, Demonstration School for the Deaf, Mampong-Akuapem
Before the commencement of the teaching for the children, pretest was conducted to find out the literacy level of the children. The test comprises concrete objects in picture form for the children to name them, simple adjectives, names of family members and also short answer to sentences. The children were enthusiastic in answering the questions and results showed there are plenty of opportunities for learning!
30th May, 2018: Classes began for Children
Soon after the children’s pretest, teaching began with the lessons extracted from the pretest. Classes were held three times a week mostly in the afternoon after school hours to prevent a clash with the general school curriculum.
15th June, 2018: Pretest for Adults.
The adult pretest which is an online test was conducted on 15th June, 2018. Six laptops and phones from the PTs and RA were available with a good internet connection for the test. The results of their answers were directly sent to the SLEND (Sign Language to English for the Deaf) portal which can be accessed by the UK team. As with the children’s pretest, the purpose is to gain some idea of literacy levels so that progress after the teaching activities can be assessed.
19th June, 2018: Classes began for Adults.
Classes commenced for the adults soon after the pretest. The students also contributed to creation of lessons for SLEND mostly by in class discussion.
The Ghana team keep in touch with the UK through skype meetings each 6 weeks. Meetings have taken place on 14th April, 26th June and 27th July. All aspects of teaching, learning, administration, data collection, project dissemination etc are discussed.