As part of efforts to enhance government’s digitization agenda, the International Labour Organization ILO, working through CTVET has pledged its support to develop a guideline for digitalization to enable teachers apply themselves to a new approach to teaching and learning.
According to the ILO, this will serve as a blue print for replication in other technical institutes and aid in theTVET transformation agenda.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Training of Tutors of Asuansi Technical Institute, National Project Coordinator of the SKILL UP Ghana Project, Mr. Adetor Frank Kwasi charged the students to also apply themselves to the new approach to teaching and learning and optimize all the direct and associated benefits.
“The ILO, working through CTVET will support the Asuansi Technical Institute to develop a guideline for digitalization which will serve as a blue print for replication in other technical institutes. The ILO SKILL UP Ghana Project/Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning pledge its commitment to working with the Commission for TVET to support the TVET transformation agenda in Ghana,” he said.
He also noted that the increasing use of digital technologies is also driving change in the tools and modalities of learning, assessment and certification along with the provision of career guidance, job matching and labour market services.
In this context, “national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills systems have both external and internal pressures. First, they have to respond to the external demand for new skills from our increasingly digital society and enterprises, and secondly, as other sectors do, they themselves have to engage in digital transformation and the challenges this presents to their institutions, staff and learners. TVET and skills systems have a special obligation to ensure that in the process of digitalization, the uneven access to equipment, tools and skills that exist cannot be allowed to increase marginalization of disadvantaged groups and to widen the digital divide,” he added.
A total of 102 teachers of Asuasi Technical Institute were trained through the ILO Skill Up project to deliver online training to students.
The Asuansi Technical Institute, supported by these tutors and the ILO, is leading the digitalisation of TVET in Ghana by expanding training to its tutors on the digitization of teaching and learning. The training of tutors, which commenced on 7 September 2021 was completed on 28 October 2021.
All teaching and learning materials have been uploaded on the schools e-learning platform to be used by tutors and students.
SKILL-UP Ghana is a project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Norway/Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and executed by the ILO.