Teaching and Learning Accessible Via Radio to Deprived Communities

Festive Kids Foundation International, in collaboration with GBC Radio Central, has introduced a program called Radio Learning as part of measures to help reduce the pressure on parents due to the impact of Covid-19 coupled with the closure of schools.

The Radio Learning program aims to provide tutorials for JHS pupils on air learning, and to help prepare the final year candidates for the upcoming BECE exams. The programme is broadcasted from 10:15am to 11:15am on weekdays from Mondays to Fridays.

Each day, the following subjects are taught; Monday-Social Studies, Tuesday-Math, Wednesday-Integrated Science, Thursday-English Language and Fridays are devoted to student guidance and advice.

Speaking to the Executive Director of Festive Kids International, Mr. Prince Messiah Yeboah Hayford – his NGO decided to embark on this Radio Learning because, not all student at home can access e-learning platforms, but can at least get access to radios.

He further stated that since a significant proportion of our population is poor , especially those in rural areas, and can not afford data bundles let alone smart phones,to help their children take advantage of e-learning platforms.

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The Executive Director of Festive Kids International, quoted from Graphic online, said that “just in 2019, 38,855 pupils who sat for the BECE could not be placed in high schools because they had grade nine in either Math or English,” adding that, “that’s not good enough.”

Mr. Hayford said it is based on the above that his NGO has decided to help students at home, be up-to-date with the nitty-gritty of how to deal with exam questions and avoid some common mistakes that pupils make.

He continued that, in order to achieve this, the NGO has engaged the examiners’ services that are part of the foundation to teach pupils how to tackle exam questions and get them right. Although the government has announced the resumption of both J.H.S and S.H.S final year students, the foundation hopes that the curriculum will continue to help the pupils who are still at home.

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For example, one of the major challenges in the Central Region is the inability of the region’s students to access the best senior high schools, hence the need for such intervention in order to prepare the pupils adequately for entry.

The Festive Kids Foundation in Cape Coast is a non-governmental , non-partisan, voluntary, humanitarian and non-political organization whose mission is to nurture children into holistic intellectuals in an appropriate setting with creativity and fun games. It also aims at empowering, inspiring and training young children, youth and adults, as well as building teachers’ capacity in Ghana and Africa to address holistically – the issues affecting their livelihood with a greater focus on their education and health.

Source: modernghana.com

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