In Ghana, IFESH has provided assistance to the Ministry of Education through USAID-funded projects focused on learner-centered methodologies, classroom management, continuous educational assessment, training in information communication technology, curriculum development, gender equity, English as a Second Language and the integration of HIV/AIDS education in teaching. Since 1992, IFESH has placed 140 qualified and experienced volunteer American teachers to work within teacher training institutes and colleges by lecturing teachers in primary and secondary education pedagogy, promoting quality education by improving teacher competencies in core subject areas, emphasizing learner-centered teaching methodologies, strengthening classroom management capabilities, and establishing teacher resource centers in 24 teacher training institutes and colleges.
In 2004, we began working in Ghana through partnering with the World Cocoa Foundation to improve quality of education in cocoa farming communities by establishing teacher resource centers. In 2007, IFESH, Winrock International and Making Cents joined the World Cocoa Foundation's ECHOES Alliance. The Alliance evolved out of a commitment by the World Cocoa Foundation and USAID to strengthen the capacity of cocoa farmers to make a steady income, increase literacy levels and educational opportunities for families, thus reducing the prevalence of child labor. Activities under the basic education component which includes teacher training, functional literacy and establishing and operating teacher resource centers are implemented by IFESH, those under the livelihoods component are implemented by Winrock, and those under innovative activities are implemented by Winrock and Making Cents. We work in the Asanti, Brong Ahafo and Western Regions.
Through the Mars, Inc. iMPACT Project, we work in cocoa growing communities to improve social, economic and environmental situations and to contribute to the development of cocoa farming as a profitable, socially rewarding and sustainable occupation for the coming generations. The target groups are rural communities in the heart of the West Africa Cocoa Belt who rely on cocoa as a means of income. This project demonstrates that an integrated approach that includes agriculture, environment, education and health can lead to distinct changes in income and welfare of rural communities.
In March 2009, USAID-Ghana awarded IFESH a grant to implement the Community Teachers for Ghana Project to improve the quality of, and access to, basic education, with particular emphasis on improving methodology for teaching through the recruitment, training and deployment of 260 uncertified community teachers for two years.
American Educators for Africa (AEFA)
Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Educational Solutions (ECHOES)
Mars Partnership Project for Cocoa Communities of Today and Tomorrow (iMPACT)
Community Teachers for Ghana (CTG)
Support of sub-Saharan Africa Campaign (SOS)
International Educators for Africa (IEFA)
Past Projects Include
Primary School Teacher Training Project
Best and Brightest African Bankers Training Project
Schools for Africa Project
International Fellows Project
African Education Initiative Support
Country Office Contact Information
Country Rep: Kwesi Dzidzienyo
Address: #38 Standfast Road, Kokomlemle
P.O. Box MB 402