Forty kindergarten educators selected from public school schools in the Accra Metropolis have successfully completed a two-week intensive training on early childhood education organised by the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV).
Hundreds more are to benefit from the programme when the agency launches the next phase of the project in Tamale.
A statement to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday said: “Through MASHAV over hundred kindergarten teachers have been taken to Israel in an exchange programme for training on pre-schooling.”
The two-week training, which took the participants through learning principles, child’s needs, levels of games and others sought to build the capacity of the educators on early childhood education curriculum.
The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sharon Bar-Li said, Israel would continue to work in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to train trainers in transferring knowledge to educators.
She expressed the hope that the educators would impact the knowledge gained to children at the basic level since that constituted the foundation on which those children would build their future on.
The Early Childhood Education Programme is collaboration among the Embassy of Israel, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ghana Education Service (GES).
It contributes to the grass-roots level human capacity building through knowledge sharing in areas in which Israel has accumulated expertise.
The selected educators had field trainings in eight schools including John Wesley Methodist Kindergarten, Kotobabi Kindergarten, Osu Kindergarten and Police Depot Kindergarten.
The teachers are expected to implement what they had been taught as well as share the knowledge gained with their colleagues.
Ms Lydia Sackey, Metro Director of Budget at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, urged the beneficiaries to show leadership by being proactive in implementing the lessons learnt.
She also expressed gratitude to the Israeli Ambassador and the MASHAV for the resources spent on the educators.
The Early Childhood Development Education programme began four years ago in Kumasi and is in its second year in Accra.
The Tamale Municipality will also soon benefit from the programme.
As part of the training programme, 30 teachers from Accra, Kumasi and the Northern Region also participated in an advanced course on Early Childhood Education in Israel in February.
MASHAV was established in 1957 as a division in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and works with the aim of sharing with the rest of the developing world the know-how and technologies which provided the basis for Israel’s own rapid development.