Teacher Training Alone Will Never Change How Education Is Delivered in Classrooms – James Kwesi Addison

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Teacher training alone will never change the way education is delivered in the classroom. Real change requires an investment in time and resources to make sure the change sticks. The heart of Ghana’s education transformation work, therefore, becomes the responsibility of those who will help teachers remain focused and this is where the staff of the Ghana Education Service becomes very important. Consequently, I believe that this was one of the most important reasons why the Ghana Education Staff Development Institute was established.

This mandate has truly been delivered by GESDI as it provides great training for the staff of Ghana Education Service with high-impact practices, hands-on mentoring, and international standards of employee ethics and materials to truly change how teachers teach, ensuring a 21st-century education for Ghanaian children. 

To achieve this noble vision demands that the staff of the GESDI itself must also be trained in many aspects of their great services so they will deliver the highest levels of support to the Staff of GES who use the institute. It, therefore, came to me as no surprise as I was contacted as an Emotional Intelligence Coach to take the staff of GESDI through emotional intelligence capacity building in the year under review.

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This training was very important because emotions are involved in everything a person does and our ability to deal with the unhelpful ones will determine how far we go in life and working at GESDI to support the development of the staff of the Ghana Education Service was no exception.

And I remember vividly that in my closing remarks I stated that my main objective of the training was to strengthen the emotional intelligence capacity of the staff of GESDI, so they will remain driven and motivated individuals and emotionally intelligent enough to connect peacefully with each other to drive the business of providing accommodation and food and facilitate training and development in the most ethical and professional manner to the Staff of the Ghana Education Service and the general public and I can confidently say that this objective has been achieved. I have personally directed people who have used the services of the GESDI staff and the feedback is superb.  

As GESDI celebrates its maiden staff durbar, it is my fervent wish and prayer that they will take stock and reflect on their role in improving the teaching and learning in Ghanaian schools and continue to innovate to remain relevant and focused in this course. Long Live – GES, Long Live – GESDI, and kudos to MANAGEMENT AND ALL STAFF. God Bless Our Homeland Ghana and make our Nation Great and Strong.

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