CAMFED Ghana has collaborated with the Ghana Education Service to organise a three-day capacity building workshop for serving Regional and Lead Senior High School Based Guidance and Counselling Coordinators from the Western and Bono regions in the Ashanti Region from August 1-3, 2022.
The capacity building workshop is designed to equip the personnel with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes for the provision of professional career guidance, mentorship and related services for in-school youth and various actors in education. The Teacher Mentor Training Manual, Operational Guide to the Mentorship Manual, and the Preparing for the World of Work Manual will be the main resource materials for the workshop which will be facilitated by a team of consultants and CAMFED’s Regional Programme Coordinators and Learner Facilitator.
It will be recalled that CAMFED Ghana collaborated with the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ghana Education Service to develop the ‘My Better World’ Preparing for the World of Work Manual for final year senior high school students as part of the implementation of the Young Africa Works program by CAMFED Ghana.
The ‘My Better World’ Preparing for the World of Work curriculum is delivered by CAMFED’s Learner Facilitators to final year senior high school students and contains content focused on career planning and work-readiness and is designed to position learners to transition smoothly into entrepreneurship and self-employment as well as paid formal employment.
The new work-readiness curriculum builds upon a key intervention that CAMFED Ghana rolled out in the education space some years ago – the ‘My Better World’ (MBW) program. The MBW curriculum was designed with young people in Africa to help girls and boys in rural districts to succeed at school and make a successful post-school transition.
The program helps students to build confidence, gain life and learning skills, set goals, and learn how to achieve them. The tailored curriculum was designed to boost children’s aptitude for learning and enhance prospects after school and is being delivered by 2,556 Learner Guides in 760 primary, junior high and senior high schools, and has reached 48,453 learners in 2022.
Some of the content to be covered during the three-day event include: preparing the Ghanaian student for the world of work; building the psychosocial wellbeing of school personnel and students; strategies for keeping schools safe; teacher mentorship; mentorship session; and contemporary issues in career guidance and counselling.
CAMFED Ghana and its partners are confident that the MBW Preparing for the World of Work curriculum will be useful in supporting final year secondary school students to transition smoothly into entrepreneurship, self-employment or paid formal employment to be positioned to contribute meaningfully to the development of their families, communities, and the nation at large.