GBT works with the Ghana Education Service, Ghana Library Authority and other stakeholders to build capacity amongst teachers in public schools through the development and promotion of children’s reading culture. Currently, GBT’s area of concentration is in the Ashanti Region.
The teaching methodologies promoted by Reading Ghana are based on Reading CODE and draw from evidence-based best practices in child-centred learning which aim to make the student an active participant in his or her own learning journey. Master teachers reinforce the methodologies by adapting them to local circumstances.
The quality of teaching and training in the programme is maintained through the provision of clearly written instructional guides both for teachers and trainers. Standards and rubrics set clear quality targets for teachers, trainers, and project managers. Careful plans are developed for recruiting, training, monitoring, and evaluating teachers in each project cycle.
The most qualified teachers are given further preparation to become trainers of other teachers, while working with carefully structured materials and observing the project’s standards. Project plans include disseminating the contents of the project to local teacher training agencies and education ministries so that education officials, and other local leaders, are motivated to sustain efforts to ensure long-lasting results (sustainability).
GBT is assisted by the Ghana Education Service to select the districts and schools that are to participate in the programme annually. Schools from deprived districts are selected. Deprived districts are defined as those that lack the necessary logistics for promoting quality teaching and learning.
These districts cover deprived farming villages, where parental support is virtually low. Many of the teachers in these districts are untrained. Due to the financial constraints of these districts, it is a challenge to offer the few trained teachers periodic In-Service Training to enable them update their professional skills and competencies.