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Using Learning Through Play to Empower Teachers and Students in Ghana

July 2019
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Strong partnerships and collaborating with effective organizations are key components to tackling the complex global issues we seek to improve at the IDP Foundation, Inc. (IDPF).

Our partners enable us to support the development of innovative and sustainable programs, including the Techniques for Effective Teaching (TFET) program, which was created out of a partnership between Sesame Workshop, IDPF and contributions from the LEGO Foundation.

The TFET program is a teacher-training initiative that provides professional development opportunities for kindergarten and primary school teachers in Ghana, through a 14-module program comprising videos, interactive training materials, classroom learning materials, and in-person training.

The TFET program was created after observing the lack of training opportunities provided to teachers in the low-fee private schools participating in the IDP Rising Schools Program. Low-fee private schools are independent schools started by individuals to serve local communities without many options for good quality education. They charge affordable fees that allow them to maintain their operations, but because school proprietors lack the capacity to offer continuous professional development, teachers often rely on rote learning teaching methods.
The 14 TFET modules demonstrate alternative child-centered techniques that promote children’s social and emotional development, critical and creative thinking, and learning through play. With the LEGO Foundation’s belief in play being one of the most important aspects of children’s upbringing, 300 LEGO® play boxes containing LEGO® DUPLO® bricks were included, to support implementing learning through play in the TFET program.

Read more about our partnership with the Lego Foundation here!

Teachers present what they have created with the LEGO bricks at the master training


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