THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL LEARNING AND CREATIVITY IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM_ Mlagada Promise

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I came across a picture of young pupils practically demonstrating the process of building construction and I couldn’t help but reflect on the state of education in my own country.

 

It is disappointing to see that in our educational system, the focus is often solely on memorization and recitation, rather than hands-on, practical learning.

 

Students who excel in memorization are often seen as intelligent, but unfortunately, this often leads to a lack of real-world skills and knowledge.

 

The Ministry Of Education and the Ghana Education Service can certainly learn from the example of these young pupils and the emphasis on practical learning in their education system .

 

To do this, there should be incorporation of vocational training programs in our basic schools.

These programs can give students the opportunity to learn practical skills such as carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work etc, rather than just reading about them in a textbook.This type of education helps to address the skills gap that exists in our country.

 

Another important aspect of education that is often overlooked in our Education system is the importance of creativity and critical thinking.

Instead of just memorizing and recitating, we should be encouraging students to think creatively.Students should be given the opportunity to work on real-world problems and come up with their own solutions.

 

It is also important that we recognize the importance of providing equal educational opportunities to all students, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Too often, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are left behind due to a lack of resources and support.

 

Government should provide targeted support and resources to these students to level the playing field and ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.

 

In order to truly improve the education system in Ghana, it is also essential that we address the issue of teacher quality.

Teachers are underpaid but overworked, leading to a lack of motivation and dedication to their jobs.

 

Government should provide better training and support for teachers, as well as fair compensation to ensure that teachers are able to provide the high-quality education that our students deserve.

 

Mlagada Promise, Lead Educator Informed Teachers Network

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