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Contents General Activities
UEW Matriculates 11,016 Fresh Students to pursue Distance Learning Programmes
Internship Students welcomed back to campus
UEW Introduces New Programmes
16th Congregation Award Winners
Committee commends Authorities of UEW on Infrastructural Development
Prospective Retirees of the University urged to plan for their retirement
UEW Launches Research Policy
Government called upon to Resource the University of Education, Winneba
Ministry of Education and Accreditation Board asked to Maintain Standards
10 “Education is a Powerful Thing” Alhaji (Dr.) Abu Asoma Banda
10 UEW still committed to the Training of High Quality and well behaved Professionals
11 Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw’s Term of Office as Vice Chancellor of UEW Renewed
11 UEW Security readied for the 2011/2012 Academic Year
12 Seminar on Contextualisation of the Teaching and Learning of Science held by SACOST
12 Ambassador Appeals to Leaders to Create Good Environment
13 German Academic Exchange Service on Study Opportunities in Germany
13 Colloquium on Quality Education
15 Inter-University Conference for
Co-Existence of Languages in West Africa
16 Reading Workshop for Basic Education Teachers in Winneba and UEW
17 UEW/ University of Mary Washington Organizes Reading Workshop
18 Staff of UEW visit the United Kingdom
Donations / Grants
19 Department of Special Education receives Equipment worth 19,600 Euros
19 Phoenix Insurance Donates Two (2) Laptop Computers to the University of Education, Winneba
20 Management and Graduating Students of Hallmark University College Donate Souvenirs to UEW 2 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
20 Students from OSLO University College, Norway Donate Teaching and Learning Materials to Four Basic Schools in the Effutu Municipality Winneba
21 Registry Donates to the Department of Business Education
22 A Visually Impaired Student Awarded a Scholarship
Collaborations / Links
23 University of Education Signs MOU with Royal Dutch Visio of the Netherlands
23 Report on Exchange Programme: The Linnaeus-Palme Project
24 Students from Depauw University in USA visits UEW
24 Delegation from University of Victoria, Canada visits UEW
25 UEW signs Agreement with May’s Day Educational Centre
25 Report on Four-Day Official visit of Tai Solarin University of Education Students Union Government Officials to UEW
26 Report on 2011 Educational Retreat for Delegation from Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Nigeria
27 Cola Foundation to Contribute to the development of UEW
30 Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah receives an Honorary Doctorate Award from the Open University of UK at Birmingham.
30 Mathematics Clinic for Basic School Teachers 31 Dr Yaw Ofosu-Kusi (HOD, Social Science Education) made Director for the 2011Child and Youth Institute
31 Prof. D. Mereku’s Research Paper gets High Profile
32 Simpa Hall still dominates Women Cross Country Event
33 Workshop for Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, Directors and Deputies
34 Government called upon to improve infrastructure at the College of Technology Education, University of Education, Winneba.
34 Fresh Undergraduate Students urged to be Time conscious
35 2010/2011 Post Internship Seminar 35 UEW-Students urged to take responsible decisions
28 UEW SRC Adjudged the Best Student Leadership
35 UEW-K held a two day orientation Workshop for newly elected leaders
28 UEW Student wins the Mary Voswinkle Memorial Award
29 Miss UEW Contesting Face of Tertiary 2011 29 ASSENS (UEW) Triumphs over LINGSA (Legon) 29 Ernestina Awo Boachie receives Unilever Foundation Excellence Award UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 3
UEW Matriculates 11,016 Fresh Students to pursue Distance Learning Programmes
he University of Education, Winneba (UEW) matriculated a total of 11,016 Distance Education Students in two separate ceremonies held in Winneba and Kumasi on the 15th and 18th of January, 2011 respectively. Five thousand two-hundred and eighty three (5283) were matriculated in Winneba and 5,733 in Kumasi. One hundred and twelve (112) were matriculated into the Postgraduate Diploma in Mentorship Programme (The newest programme among the Distance Education programmes in UEW). One thousand and fifty-three (1053) were matriculated into the Diploma in Basic Education Programme and a total of 9, 851 were matriculated into the B.Ed Basic Education Programme.
Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw (Vice -Chancellor - UEW)
Out of a total of 17,290 applications received from applicants to read the various programmes, 12,501 were offered admission while a total of 11,016 registered by the close of registration.
In his matriculation address, the ViceChancellor of UEW, Prof. AsabereAmeyaw noted that in order to assist fresh students address some of their challenges, the university has put in place a number of support services to enable them study successfully. He said, “to enable you to interact with your tutors, maintain and strengthen contact with them through e-mail and assess information wherever you are, we hope to hook all our centres to the internet”. Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the UEW has established 18 Study Centres throughout the country to help reduce their travel time and expenses. For convenience and effective monitoring these centres had been categorised as Northern and Southern Sector Centres. The Southern Sector centres are Accra, Assin Foso, Cape Coast, Dambai, Hohoe, Koforidua, Sogakope and Winneba while the Northern Sector centres comprise Atebubu, Bechem, Enchi, Kumasi, Navrongo, Obuasi, Tarkwa, Tamale, Techiman and Wa. The Vice-Chancellor explained that in order for more Diploma and Certificate “A” teachers to upgrade their pedagogical skills and competencies, UEW would explore the possibility of establishing new centres at Axim, Nkawkaw, KonongoOdumasi, Agogo, Odumasi Krobo/ Somanya, Sefwi Wiaso, Tema, Drobo, Tumu and Ashanti Mampong. He further stressed that UEW has procured a Distance Education Information System (DEIS) software which would enable students to register, access study materials and examination results online. Present at the ceremony were the Registrar Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah, the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Mawutor Avoke, the Finance Officer Mr. Benjamin Kpodo, Deans of Faculty, the Acting Internal Auditor, Ms. Sena Dake and some members of convocation.
“To enable you to interact with your tutors,
maintain and strengthen contact with them through e-mail and assess information wherever you are, we hope to hook all our centres to the internet
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Internship Students welcomed back to campus
he Center for Teacher Development and Action Research (CETDAR) of the Institute for Educational Development and Extension (IEDE) organised a welcoming ceremony for post internship students on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Liberation Square, South Campus, Winneba. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw in his welcome address said he was hopeful that the internship programme with all its challenges had given the interns the confidence and experience they need to become professional teachers. He was also grateful to the mentors for the role they played in preparing professional teachers for the Educational sector. The Director of IEDE, Mr. Kwame Asante mentioned that it had come to the knowledge of the institute that some students had their internship at very challenging places. He asked the interns to submit reports on the difficulties they encountered during the
internship period for documentation and necessary action. Mr. Kenneth Barnes, an Intern, in a short address on behalf of all interns applauded the internship programme. He called on the Ministry of Education and all other Stakeholders of Education in Ghana to support UEW financially to sustain the Student Internship Programme. He also asked management of the University to use the University website and the national dailies to provide information so that interns do not feel cut off from the University during their internship period. He intimated that personally, the internship programme gave him the opportunity to learn standard classroom practices. There was the opportunity to work and learn from colleague interns, members of staff and different types of learners (i.e. pupils). The mentors had been of great help with regards to their useful suggestions, teaching practices and on how to write an action research report.
UEW Introduces New Programmes
t the matriculation ceremony for 8th batch of fresh sandwich students held on July 16 2011 at Winneba, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw, intimated that the University of Education, Winneba had introduced four(4) new programmes at the undergraduated level and two(2) at the postgraduate levels. The programmes were : • Certificate in French • Diploma in Art • Diploma in Graphic Design • Diploma in Music • M.Ed Social Studies • Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Education. According to the Vice-Chancellor, Sandwich graduate output had increased from 1,085 in 2008/09 to 1,719 in the 2009/10 academic year representing an increase of 36%. The School of Graduate Studies this year admitted a total of 793 students into its sandwich programmes comprising 338 (72%) males and 455 (28%) females. This represented an increase of 37.7% over last year’s sandwich graduate admissions. He said out of a total of 7,393 applicants made up of 4,452 males and 2,941 females received during the period, a total of 5,741 applicants, made up of 3,288 males and 2,453 females representing
57% and 43% respectively accepted the offer of admission and enrolled on the various sandwich programmes. At the College of Agriculture Education, MampongAshanti, Six hundred and eighty two (682) sandwich students comprising 459 (67%) males and 223 (33%) females were admitted into various programmes. At the College of Technology Education, Kumasi, One thousand, eight hundred and thirty eight (1,838), students comprising 1,278 (69%) males and 560 (31%) females were admitted into the sandwich programmes. The remaining 3,222 comprising 1,552 (48%) males and 1,670 (52%) females were admitted into various programmes on the Winneba campus. According to Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw, Full-time programmes that will be available from 2010/2011 academic year are M.Phil Basic Education, M.Phil Assessment in Special Education and Ph.D Social Studies. On part-time basis MBA Accounting and Finance would be available as from 2010/2011 academic year. The University of Education, Winneba now has a total of 46 sandwich programmes comprising 15 undergraduate and 31 postgraduate programmes.
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Congregation Award Winners
Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie (Vice-Chancellor award for Outstanding performance)
Sara Abaka (Best Teacher)
Mary Dampson (Best Worker)
Peter Seth Frimpong (Best Lecturer)
Benjamin Dotse Pericles Mordezi (Best Lecturer, Business Educ.)
Thomas Kwadzo Goiho (Prof. Aboagye award for graduating Basic Educ. Student)
Godswill Lebene Fiamoedzi (Vice-Chancellorâ€™s award for best 1st yr. Mathematics Student)
Francis N. Akrono (Best Administrator)
Esther Kena (Opanyin Kofi Award)
Veronica Ussher (Registrarâ€™s Award Best 1st yr. Education Student)
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Evans Kofi Sam (Prof. Anamuah-Mensah Award for best 1st yr. Science Student
David Y. Opoku (Opanyin Kofi Award)
Committee commends Authorities of UEW on Infrastructural Development
he Institutional Review Sub-Committee on Education of the National Accreditation Board paid a two-day official working visit to the University of Education, Winneba from the 10th to 11th of February 2011.
The Finance Officer of UEW, Mr. Benjamin Kpodo told the committee that GETFUND had contracted Alpha Properties to provide security and ensure a 24 hour adequate cleaning of the hostel.
The Committee led by Prof. Sulemana AlHassan, among other things, reviewed the academic programmes of the University and were later conducted round by the Pro Vice Chancellor to inspect on going infrastural projects on the Winneba Campus. At the South Campus, the Team had a first hand trial on the library automation project. From the South Campus, they moved to the central Campus to see extent of projects being executed there as well. At the North Campus, the team inspected a 2000 capacity seating multi-purpose exam hall, a block of offices for Deans and the GETfund Hostel.
After the inspection, Prof. Mawutor Avoke assured the team of management’s preparedness in ensuring that the mandate given to the institution is fully complied with.
At the GETfund hostel on the North Campus, the team was impressed with the facilities at the premises and were happy with comments from most of the students in residence.
He explained that in 2010, UEW laid a fiber optic cable throughout its satellite campuses to enhance efficient and effective access to internet for research activities and academic work.
They commended management of UEW for the rapid infrastructural development over the past few years and praised them for the bold steps taken to connect most of the campus’ hostel facilities to the internet. They urged the University to do more on its road development.
The Acting Registrar, Mr. Rex Abedi-Boafo, the Acting Internal Auditor, Ms Sena Dake and the Director of Works and Physical Development Mr. Fiifi Yankson were among the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s entourage.
He said UEW was taking the required steps to address some of the challenges confronting it. Prof. Avoke said access to quality education should go beyond the provision of adequate infrastructure to include modern text books and uninterrupted access to the internet for academic work and research.
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Prospective Retirees of the University urged to plan for their retirement
rofessor E.A. Akinade of Psychology and Education Department has urged all prospective retirees of the University to plan for their retirement NOW.
Prof. E. A. Akinade
He said “retirement is real, it is sure as death and those who fail to plan for it have already planned to fail in retirement.” Professor Akinade made this appeal during a Faculty Lecture organized by the Faculty of Educational Studies on Friday February 25, 2011 at the J.N. Aryeetey Auditorium.
He advised the audience and all prospective retirees to invest in human capital, set endowment fund for their children, attend retirement workshops. He suggested income generating activities that retirees could engage in and recommended to management to organize retirement orientation workshops and seminars at least once a year for staff. Professor E.A. Akinade, a Retirement Consultant and Visiting Professor of Counselling Psychology of the Department.
UEW Launches Research Policy
he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw has reiterated that the quality of graduate and undergraduate teaching would be greatly enhanced by the active participation of Faculty in scholarly research as well as other creative works in fields related to those they are teaching. Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said this when he formally launched the (UEW) Research Policy on March 22, 2011. He said in order to develop a research culture and also standardize the various research activities in UEW, “it has become necessary for the University to formally operate a policy on research that will guide both staff and students in their research endeavours”. Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw stressed that, research either basic or applied should be encouraged to enrich the academic programmes of the University
and provide knowledge that could be used to improve the quality of life. Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw stated that the policy will drive the research agenda of the University, ensure its transparency and enable the University achieve a proper balance between research and teaching. He emphasized that the policy document will not only guide staff in their research endeavours but also to make them aware of the structures and systems for managing research in the UEW. He further stated that the aim of project one (1) was to improve capacity for research management and administration in the University. Activities carried out included capacity building of staff in the Externally Funded Projects Office (EFPO), especially a three-week attachment for the Acting Director of (EFPO) at the Institute of Education (IOE), London.
He expressed management’s sincere gratitude to the Association of Commonwealth Universities and also to Ms. Steff Hazlehurts, the Head of Research and Consultancy Services at the Institute of Education, University of London, for their immense assistance to the Externally Funded Project Office of UEW. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the UEW, Prof. Mawutor Avoke after the official launch of the research policy explained some of the topics in the policy document to the staff and students of the University. The topics in the policy document included Research Support Systems and Structures, Guidelines for Conducting Research, Ethical Conduct in Research, Scientific Misconduct, International Property, Financial Matters and Capacity Building. The programme was attended by the Registrar, Mr. C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah, Deans of Faculties, Directors, Lecturers and students of the University.
Government called upon to Resource the University of Education, Winneba
peaking on ‘meeting the national challenges’ at the 16th Congregation of the University of Education, Winneba, the ViceChancellor, Prof. Akwasi AsabereAmeyaw, appealed to government to resource teacher training institutions, especially the University of Education, Winneba to enable them to produce well informed and resourceful teachers 8 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
to lead the agenda of national development. This position he noted is non-negotiable because the Ghanaian child has the constitutional right to basic education. He stressed that the provision of basic education goes beyond the provision of free meals and free uniforms to school going Ghanaians “Our children
will need to be provided with teachers and relevant and adequate teaching/ learning materials even if they attend schools under trees” he emphasized. He bemoaned the current state in which a large number of classrooms in rural basic schools remained without adequate number of qualified teachers while a number of trained professional teachers still remain without
jobs; “It is very disturbing to note that though rural basic schools are without adequate number of teachers (not even untrained teachers) a large number of well trained professional teachers roam our streets looking for jobs” he noted. The Vice-Chancellor indicated that, the University of Education, Winneba in fulfilling its mandate to train and produce high calibre of teachers for all the levels in the educational setup of the country, conducts research, disseminates knowledge and to contribute to educational policy and development, has embarked on massive and extensive infrastructural development. He however noted that the University still needed to be provided with basic equipment, tools and materials that will enhance teaching, learning and research to enable it produce more graduate teachers that can effect the changes Ghana aspire in our schools.
He also explained his dissatisfaction about a publication in the November 9, 2011 issue of the Daily Graphic, in which it was reported that the Honourable Deputy Minister of Education was purported to have said that, an amount of US$ 50,000,000.00 allocated to Ghana by the Global Partnership for Education was to be given to the Ghana Institute of Public Administration for the training of teachers for appointment as headteachers or headmasters. To him, even though he acknowledges with sincerity the high expertise which GIMPA has in public administration, he could not express same for GIMPA in Educational Administration and Educational Leadership. He reminded all that, giants in Education in the country are concentrated at the University of Education, Winneba and the University of Cape Coast. He pleaded “that whatever initial thoughts were considered about the
training or re-training of headteachers and or headmasters to address management/leadership problems in our schools, should be re-examined and the right thing done”. The University according to the ViceChancellor seeks to attain the highest academic standards of teaching, learning and research. “We are committed to ensuring that our students maintain excellence in academic work to become more competent in their profession and are equipped with broad and diverse general knowledge deemed essential for reflective professionals. We value lecturers who hold themselves to high standard of competence in both their academic and professional careers”, he emphasised in his address. The University aims at efficient, effective and transparent administration and demonstrates its relevance to society by being responsive to societal needs and aspirations.
Ministry of Education and Accreditation Board asked to Maintain Standards
he Ministry of Education, the National Accreditation Board and all other bodies who regulate the educational sector have been called upon not to renege on their efforts to maintain standards. Mr Gibrine Adam, President of Zenith University College and CEO of EPP Book Services made the call in an address read for him by Mrs. Joyce Boeh-Ocansey, General Manager of EPP at the opening of the Third Biennial conference of the Home Economics Researchers Association of Ghana (HERAG) held at the University of Education Winneba, (UEW) on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. The four-day conference was on the theme “fostering entrepreneurial mind set through education”. The conference attracted 25 representatives from Nigeria and 63 members from the various institutions of higher learning including the polytechnics and the senior high schools in Ghana. Other dignitaries present at the opening of the conference were the Librarian Mrs. Valentina Bannerman, the Acting Internal Auditor, Ms. Sena Dake, Deans, Directors and students of UEW.
The increase in the number of tertiary institutions Mr. Adams said provides access to many young qualified candidates who desire to acquire higher education. “The worry however is the lack of regulation which has finally led to fallen standards. The situation is a great source of worry for many industry watchers”. Focusing on the theme of the conference he underscored the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills in students who pass through our institutions. “It is important that educational institutions train people to become innovative, creative, risk takers and independent minded”. “I believe that our institutions have these characteristics. This would make products of our institution identify and take advantage of opportunities around them”, he said. On her part, Dr. (Mrs) Adelina Effie Arkhurst, President of HERAG said, entrepreneurial training can be effective in alleviating graduate unemployment by equipping graduates with entrepreneurial skills needed for job creation. In a welcome address read by the Pro.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, he said there was the need for Universities to encourage innovative entrepreneurialactivities among students. Dr. (Mrs.) Rosemond Boahene, Head of the Department of Business Education of the University of Cape Coast who presented the lead paper said developing entrepreneurial attitudes and entrepreneurship-competence has to be a task for every local society. The Chairman for the occasion Mr. C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah advised conference participants to make society feel their presence by way of organising short entrepreneurial training to the unemployment. He said the teaming young graduates who are unemployed in the society need such training to enable them establish their own businesses. The association is made up of qualified and competent lecturers from the various institutions of higher learning who can offer such seminars and workshops to the youth.
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“Education is a Powerful Thing” Alhaji (Dr.) Abu Asoma Banda
Development and Extension (IEDE) at the Westbury Hotel, London. According to him the true resource of a country is neither gold nor money but its people. The delegation made up of eight senior members was in London concerning a project being sponsored by Azad Cola, a London Hotelier to improve upon the quality of Education delivery in the University of Education, Winneba.
he Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba Alhaji (Dr.) Abu Asoma Banda said “Education is a Powerful thing” when he interacted with members of staff from the Institute for Educational
Azad Cola, a 31-year-old Londonbased businessman and a friend of the Chancellor, Alhaji (Dr.) Asoma Abu Banda, visited the University of Education, Winneba, during the Investiture of the Chancellor. Inspired by the University’s efforts to improve upon the quality of education in the
wake of inadequate and insufficient teaching learning resources, he set up the Cola Foundation. A not-for-profit organisation to develop exchange links between the University of Education, Winneba, and British Universities. Speaking to ‘The Telegraph’ in London, Cola had this to say, “I spoke to people and I was struck instantly by the appetite for learning. I’ve been lucky I come from a good background, went to university and was fortunate to be successful in business. I had my chances and I took them. But when I went to Ghana I saw so many young people who were also just desperate for that chance, and I want to give them that.”
UEW still committed to the Training of High Quality and well behaved Professionals
he Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw said this in an address at the 2011/2012 matriculation ceremony for fresh students. The University of Education, Winneba on Saturday October 15, 2011 and Thursday October 20, 2011 matriculated over 5000 fresh men and women into various programmes at the University. Matriculation ceremonies signify the formal admission of students into the University of Education, Winneba. Before he administered the matriculation oath, the Registrar, Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah informed the gathering that, the University is enjoined by UEW statute 34 to organize matriculation to formally accept and enroll freshmen and women. The ceremony signified a public declaration of the admissions of fresh students into programmes of the University as junior members and constitutes a seal to the academic and social contract of the matriculant. He later administered the matriculation oath in which students 10 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
were made to pledge their loyalty, obedience, diligence at study and conformity to the University of Education, Winneba’s status, regulations and rules. The Vice-Chancellor noted that, the admission and reopening for fresh students for the 2011/2012 academic year was delayed to enable the University to admit WASSCE candidates who had written the 2011 examinations as well. The College of Technology Education Kumasi received 4,348 applications and was able to admit 1,729 into undergraduate programmes and 340 into postgraduate programmes. The College of Agriculture Education admitted 545 applicants from a total of 920 applications received. Ajumako campus received 383 applications and offered admission to 186 applicants. The Winneba campus received a total of 9,062 applications and offered admission to 3,092. 64.9% of those admitted, the Vice-Chancellor announced had registered and were part of the
ceremony. In addition, 750 fresh students of Hallmark University College (an affiliate college) at Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria were also matriculated at the same ceremony. Continuing, he appealed to government for massive inflow of funds to the University to enable it improve and expand on facilities, replace obsolete equipment inherited from the diploma awarding institutions established in the 50’s and 60’s and also to improve on student-lecturer ratio. Advising the students, the ViceChancellor advised them to associate with people who can make positive impacts on their lives. He reminded them that, the importance of university education is to enable individuals to develop analytical minds and skills that will enable them take full responsibility and control of their lives. He thereafter admitted the students into the RIGHTS, PRIVILEDGES and RESPONSIBILITIES of the Faculty and Halls of residence to which they were assigned.
Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyawâ€™s Term of Office as Vice Chancellor of UEW Renewed
he Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba at its 63rd Regular Meeting approved the renewal of Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyawâ€™s term of office as Vice-Chancellor from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2015. Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw a Zoologist and a Science Educator was first appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba in 2007. His vision at the time was to consolidate the gains made by his predecessors and also provide leadership in the effort to develop the University into a world class tertiary teacher education institution. He sought to achieve the vision focusing on Ensuring High Academic Standards in Teaching and Research, Quality Assurance, High Calibre Faculty Development, Infrastructure Development, Procurement of Relevant Equipment for effective teaching and learning, Building a Responsive and Proactive Administrative System, and Improving on Resource Mobilization. His first term was marked with the springing up of a number of building projects, extensive expansion on
ICT infrastructure for teaching and learning (including internet connectivity and stocking computer laboratories with computers), Modernization of the University library, recruitment of more staff and significant expansion of academic programmes. On his renewal of term of office, he has indicated his intention to consolidate gains made over the years in transforming the University into an internationally well recognised tertiary teacher education institution to ensure that the University is well positioned to compete favourably with other well recognized Teacher Education Universities across the globe. In Addition, he intends to ensure more visibility to all satellite campuses of the University, complete all infrastructural developments instituted by his administration and furnish laboratories,
workshops, lecture theaters and offices with state of the art equipment to enable the University expand access and improve on the quality of teaching and research. He promised further to sustain efforts at ensuring a transparent and competitive admission processes, promote access and equity and also ensure that neat and beautiful environments are maintained across all the University Campuses.
UEW Security readied for the 2011/2012 Academic Year
session, personnel will desist from acts like sleeping whilst at post, as this will not ensure effective policing of life and property on campus.
Opening the programme, the ViceChancellor of UEW, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw observed that, the security plays an immeasurable role in the life of the university. He therefore urged all security personnel to take the section seriously and learn all it takes to make them better at their professions. He was expectant that, at the end of the
On the need for the training programme, the Head of Security, Mr. Bluwey observed that, current trends in our Universities and Institutions of learning worldwide has raised the standard for professionalism for security personnel so high. It is therefore important training sections of the kind are organized periodically to remind them of their core duties and also enable them acquire new skills for their job.
mployees of the security section of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) on September 12 through to September 16, 2011 were taken through an intensive in-service training.
Topics treated at the session included: Modern trends in guard duties, Crime detection and record keeping, Behaviour pattern recognition, Drill and Duty, Campus security Duties and University Culture, Leadership, the University of Education, Winneba security policy guidelines, Crime prevention and incident reporting, Conducting body search, Fire Fighting techniques, Insurance and Communication Skills. Resource persons were drawn from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Fire Service, Heads of security of some sister institutions etc.
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Seminar on Contextualisation of the Teaching and Learning of Science held by SACOST
Mr. Charles Ahetor Tsegah
he Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Charles Ahetor Tsegah has called for the revamping of Science and Technology in all its forms and at all levels of the educational system to enable persons who are introduced to Science to be abreast with global trends. He stressed the need to review the policy, revise the curriculum regularly, and look at issues that can promote education of children and provide access to quality management in Science and Technology Education.
He made the statement on behalf of the Minister of Education, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu when the Center for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) held a Dissemination Seminar on the Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) Project “Toward the Contextualization of the Teaching of Science and Technology” on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the South Campus Auditorium, UEW. Mr. Ahetor Tsegah said, with UEW as key to the development of education in Ghana and the role of SACOST in the promotion of Science and Technical education, his Ministry will do all it can to tap the needed expertise in ensuring access to quality education for all Ghanaians. He commended Prof. J. AnamuahMensah, Director of SACOST for embracing not only the concept of learning by doing, but also learning in one’s cultural setting. He pledged the Ministry’s support for the oversight committee and all those who contribute in diverse ways to investigate the scientific content in traditional and contemporary technologies and also docu-
ment them through interaction among schools and communities. According to the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education, learning by doing captures the mind of the learner thereby leaving a lasting impression. He cited examples of the developed countries where students who were given challenging assignments had the opportunity to search for information themselves, sifted for relevant ones and analysed them, thereby whipping up their enthusiasm and desire to pursue the subject further. Mr. Ahetor Tsegah thanked TALIF for supporting SACOST to carry out such an educative programme. Mr. Tsegah was of the view that some Ghanaian children who took part in an intellectual assignment TIMMS from year 2003-2007 did not meet expectation as perceived, but considering performance, Ghana had the highest in achievement. He appealed to SACOST to provide Ghanaian children with the best of Science and Mathematics education and use the platform provided by TIMMS to enable them perform beter in these subjects.
Ambassador Appeals to Leaders to Create Good Environment Winneba (UEW) on the topic “Investing in education and Gender Equality for Sustainable Development; experiences from Finland” on Monday February 7, 2011.
Ms. Anneli Vuorinen
he Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Anneli Vuorinen, has said that there is the need for political and educational leaders to create a good environment for the education sector. She said this when she delivered a lecture at the University of Education, 12 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
Ms. Vuorinen said in order to sustain development; education and gender equality should be given high priority in the process of nation building. This she believes will help to diversify the economy and raise living standards. “One success factor in Finland’s Socioeconomic development is that women have objectively participated in political life and this is based on the fact that they have received similar rights with men”. The Ambassador who is also accredited to Ghana, Senegal, Benin and
Liberia advised all, especially educational practitioners, to consider education as one of the most significant sectors for successful nation building. According to her Finland had always seen education as the key to surviving and thriving in an increasingly competitive world considering the fact that it has no crude oil deposits. “One of the important principles underlining the sustainability in education is to offer equal opportunities for all school going children, irrespective of sex, economic situation or linguistic and cultural background,” she said. Ms. Vuorinen emphasised the need for tertiary institutions in the country to provide training aimed at high-level professional skills to meet the requirements of manpower needs of the nation. She called on political leaders
and all who matter in ensuring effective delivery of education , to also guarantee equal rights to education to young people, especially people with disabilities. She explained that, education systems should be made to put lots of emphasis on the well-being of students and pupil-centered teaching. This should reflect in the curriculum guidelines and hopefully allow students to feel joy and success in their studies. If a
student is falling behind his or her class or is facing learning difficulties, schools should offer counselling and special personal support, while at the same time keeping all pupils integrated in the school. The Pro Vice - Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke who chaired the programme, expressed the University’s preparedness to welcome linkages and exchange programmes between UEW and Universities in Finland.
Prior to the delivery of the lecture Ms. Vuorinen paid a courtesy call on the Pro. Vice- Chancellor Prof. Mawutor Avoke and made brief visits to the ICT Department, Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), Special Education Lab., Gender Mainstreaming Directorate and the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (HPERS).
German Academic Exchange Service on Study Opportunities in Germany
he German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organised a symposium on the theme, “Study and Research in Germany” for the staff and students of the UEW on Thursday 22nd September, 2011 at Winneba. The symposium was to offer face-toface advice and information on all matters relating to studying and doing research in Germany. DAAD aims at promoting the international academic relations especially through the exchange of student and faculty. The DAAD Information Centre in Accra which was established in October 2002 responsible for dissemination of information on its activities. Speaking on behalf of the Country Director, Dr. Heike Edelmann-Okinda, the Programme Officer, Mr. Felix Barnes explained why it was necessary to study in Germany. He said the quality of German research has been outstanding with regard to the largest number of foreigners and well over 300 higher learning institutions to select from. Apart from being a leader in Science and Technology, the cost of
living in Germany is low with tuition either moderate or free. Germany offers more than 13,000 degree programme in all disciplines with more than 1000 taught in English. One could opt for a Bachelors, Masters as well as PhD programme or enroll in their over 100 research institutes including Helmholtz Association, the Max-Planch Institutes, the FraunhoferGesellschaft, and the Leibniz Association under the umbrella of German Research Foundation (DFG). For university programmes taught in German, applicants need a high level of proficiency in German. Applicants for programmes taught in English generally require a ‘Letter of Proof of English Proficiency’ from their former University. International postgraduate programmes often do not require any German at all. Once in Germany students will be able to attend language courses at their host institution’s language centers. According to Mr. Barnes studying in Germany is inexpensive because
German Higher Education institutions receive substantial public funding. As a result, German Universities charge very moderate tuition fees. Current fees at public universities are at most EUR 500 per semester. There are generally no fees at the PhD level. Non EU international students need about Euro 650 per month to cover living expenses. Mr. Barnes said the academic calendar in Germany starts with the winter semester (beginning October) so applicants need to apply by the end of February or middle of July. Scholarships are restricted to postgraduate studies; Master’s and PhD for applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa. At the Masters level you are restricted to a list of programmes with relevance to the Developing Countries. He encouraged applicants to apply for students’ visas in order to study in Germany. To apply for the visa one will need an admission letter, evidence of financial support and a passport. The information Centre at the Goethe Institute in Accra provides free informational material and advice.
Colloquium on Quality Education
ev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Afful-Broni, Dean of Faculty of Educational Studies, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has supported the notion that educational tasks should not be handed over to those who are not experts in Educational Administration and Management. He reiterated the importance of making Educational administrators practice and perform in their specialized fields. He deplored the idea of handling educational tasks like
any other type of business. He said it is those specially trained in educational issues who can best train those whose duty it is to run educational institutions. It is when trained educational administrators are allowed to function as the special professionals they are, will our schools have the ability to develop practices that enhance good teaching and learning.
Dr. Afful-Broni was speaking at a oneday colloquium on Quality Education in Ghana organized by Faculty of Educational Studies, UEW and the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast (UCC) on the topic, “The Uniqueness of Educational Leadership: a Credible Solution” on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Winneba. The theme for the occasion was “Transforming Schools for Quality Teaching and Learning: the way UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 13
Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Afful-Broni
Dr. K. T. Oduro
forward”. He said research has shown that the quality of education in many nations depends on the way schools are managed. He said the education system in Ghana appears to be at crossroads. Standards of education in Ghana have fallen. It is as a result of these problems that the IEPA (UCC) and CEPS (UEW) were set up to research into find solution to the problems. He however noted that research findings are less implemented, graduates are not posted to head schools and their specialized training is not recognized. He therefore called for collaboration between policy makers and institutions mandated to handle educational matters (such as MoE, GES, UCC, UEW) and the community. He noted the
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importance of regularizing the role of trained education administrators at UCC and UEW, streamlining of educational programmes and policies to guide their implementation and an internship and induction course as part of the preparation programme for the appointment of school heads.
country. The universities, UCC and UEW have passed the test of putting in place the MoE’s education policies into reality in spite of the challenges they face. Over the years they have demonstrated that they have the capacity to reverse the dwindling education trend in the country.
In his address, the Director of IEPA, UCC, Dr K. T. Oduro said issues of quality education in our country today calls for transferring leadership skills at the basic school level to ensure that head-teachers and circuit supervisors are equipped to and supported to provide quality teaching and learning. He was speaking on the topic “Reversing the Quality Education trend. Do institutions of Education Matter? He noted that without a sustained quality of education, the country’s better Ghana cannot come into reality. In schools today, the moral standard of children who go through the system is fast degenerating, with young people exhibiting various characters and engaging in wide range social vices that tend to undermine our cultural values, aspirations and identity as cultured Ghanaians.
IEPA in partnership with three other foreign universities identified lack of relevant and sustained training in leadership as one of the indicative missing gaps in our quality education agenda. It was also found that leadership training of head teachers that focused on teaching and learning has a significant impact on our learning and achievements. Based on the findings policy inputs were made to the MOE and contributed to the MOE’s educational strategic plans proposing strongly that attention should be given to the preservice and in-service training of head teachers in the country.
According to Dr Oduro, in trying to address the dwindling quality education, a number of suggestions have been made. Whilst some have called on government to withdraw the recognition of school heads whose pupils score 0 % in the BECE exams, others have called for a public administration and general management approach to the training of school administrators. He noted the importance of recognizing accredited agencies of sector ministries instituted to provide specialist and professional services that are necessary to achieve goals set by the Ministry. He further mentioned that under the MoE, there are two universities of education that have been tasked to build and strengthen professional and managerial leadership capacity for school and educational administrators in the
Head-teacher training should be put on the criteria for appointing teachers to school leadership positions. Dr. Oduro indicated the need for a new head-teacher who will not only ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to be in schools, but will keep up to date students records and use the records to improve learning . He suggested that as the way forward, the Ministry of Education must resource and supports GES to play its policy implementation role without political interference. The MOE must take steps to regularize the active position within the GES to provide level of security to those occupying the position of Acting Director General and Director General. Reports received from Directors of Education suggests that the Leadership for Training Model by the IEPA is impacting on Head teachers in Leadership for Learning Schools so the GES has integrated it to build the capacity of head teachers in the country.
Inter-University Conference for Co-Existence of Languages in West Africa
he Department of French Education of the Faculty of Languages Education, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) organized the 8th Inter-University Conference for Co-Existence of Languages in West Africa from June 13th to 18th, 2011 on the theme “National Development through Language Education” at Winneba. The conference served as an academic forum for reinforcing the training capacity of lecturers in areas of language teaching and research. Lecturers shared experiences and innovations. Ninety-eight (98) researchers participated and there were 106 presentations. The Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Prof Akwasi AsabereAmeyaw said the diverse languages in the world has resulted in, division, misunderstanding and mistrust of peoples to the extent that where many languages exist many separations exist. Citing the Biafra War in Nigeria as an example he said, many people lost their lives on the issue of culture and lingual differences. The Vice-Chancellor tasked participants to research, teach, publish findings and explore ways of disseminating knowledge through the use of indigenous languages. He said Africans have survived the era of oppression, during which it was an offence to use native languages in offices and schools. Africans should now explore the use of native languages to discuss issues in an effort to accelerate national development. He commended the participants for coming together to promote progress through the use of diverse languages. He hoped the research papers presented at the conference will serve practical purposes for education and promote immediate understanding and cooperation within the west African sub-region. He welcomed participants from outside Ghana to UEW and commended the organizing committees of the various Universities. The Dean of the Faculty of Languages Education, Prof. E. N. Abakah and Chairman for the occasion, challenged governments in West Africa to enact and promulgate good language policies that will promote the cause of indigenous West African languages. Prof. Abakah noted that countries that are heterogeneous in terms of language are invariably underdeveloped whereas countries that are
highly developed have considerable language uniformity. To Prof. Abakah, the theme was chosen to remind scholars to relate their scientific work on West African languages to the world outside academia and to make non academics aware of the fact that national development, unity, self consciousness and self determination in West Africa cannot be assured without the involvement of the indigenous languages. Prof. D. D. Kuupole, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in his key note address called on the participants to impact on their teaching at different levels. The conference he said, provided the opportunity to network, participate and reach out to share experiences. He congratulated the Local Organising Committee and the Vice-Chancellor of UEW for organising the conference. About sustaining the programme, the conference participation should be broadened to include other regions of the African continent. This will help attract donor agency support. Papers presented centered on; • Teaching of Second and Foreign Languages • National Languages and Education • Language, Literature and Development • Descriptive Linguistics, (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax) • Sociolinguistics/Translation and Translation Theory • Language and Communication • Participants were drawn from • Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso • Université de Koudougo • Université de Kara • Université d’Abomey Calavi, Cotonou, Benin • University of Port Harcourt River State, Nigeria • University of Lagos, Yaba, Nigeria • University of Ghana, Legon • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi • University of Cape Coast • Central University College, Accra • University for Development Studies, Wa • University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa Good will messages were read from Partner institutions and organisations.
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Reading Workshop for Basic Education Teachers in Winneba and UEW
he Department of Special Education, UEW, Winneba and the Winneba Branch of the Ghana Reading Association in collaboration with Virginia State Reading Association organized a three-day reading workshop for 41 Basic School Teachers in Winneba and some students of UEW from January 20 to 22, 2011 at the South Campus Assembly Hall on the theme “Literacy Competency: The Role of the Teacher”. In an address Mrs. Comfort Boison, Coordinator of the Winneba Branch of the Ghana Reading Association and a lecturer at the Department of Special Education underscored the importance of reading as the key that unlocks every academic achievement. She intimated that the ability to read is critical for survival in this modern world but bemoaned the fact that in schools today, children struggle to read. According to Mrs. Boison, ‘reading’ is a basic academic skill particularly in elementary school years which provides one of the foundations for success at school and thereafter. She hoped the workshop would give teachers the professional development they needed. The readers workshops would empower teachers to develop literacy competency among basic school children to improve their academic performance Mrs Boison stressed that reading is a skill that must be taught. The Reading workshops which had been organised since 2004 was an initiation of Mrs. Comfort Boison a Senior Lecturer at Special Education and sponsored largely by 16 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
Through the sponsorship a linkage had been established largely by Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) / International Reading Association (IRA). Through the sponsorship a linkage had been established between University of Education, Winneba and Mary Washington in Virginia. In his address the guest speaker for the occasion Dr. Samuel Hayford made reference to a research conducted on reading problems among Basic Schools in Obuasi in the Ashanti region where 20% out of the entire population sampled could not read at all. He therefore encouraged teachers, parents and stakeholders to see to it that the rights of all children to quality education came to a reality to prevent school drop outs. He asked teachers to set targets for themselves despite large class sizes to help pupils who cannot read in their various classrooms. He said teaching children to read must be a preoccupation of all teachers. Mr. P. K. Quaye, Director in Charge of Supervision, Ghana Education Service, Winneba, entreated teachers to read wide and do a lot of research to enable them do meaningful and relevant lesson notes for effective teaching and learning. This, he said would help eradicate the zero percent during the BECE exams in and around schools in Winneba. He urged supervisors to make occasional visits to the schools in the vicinity to see how teachers were performing. The Chairman for the occasion was Prof. Aboagye, Head of Department of Psychology Education
UEW/ University of Mary Washington Organizes Reading Workshop
he Department of Special Education UEW and the Winneba Branch of Ghana Reading Association in collaboration with the University of Mary Washington University Reading Association organized a reading workshop for Basic School teachers in and around the Winneba municipality at UEW Auditorium on June 27, 2011. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Prof. Mawutor Avoke in his keynote address challenged participants at the workshop to come out with concrete strategies that will improve the reading habits of children and have impact on their lives. Prof Avoke was of the opinion that the educational system in the Country had failed most children especially with regard to English and Mathematics. Little attention had been paid to creating an enabling environment for the children to read. According to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, he had had the experience of
interacting with physically impaired children and accepted that it is not an easy task but what teachers ought to do this time is to focus on whatever defects these children may have and rather concentrate on how best they could help them read. He therefore cautioned Ghana Education Service to employ in the schools strategies that should come out of the workshop and advised that changes in the reading of core subject areas must be introduced to children. Prof. Avoke who had played a part in the collaboration, said that it has helped the entire Winneba District and also teachers from UEW. He therefore entreated all teachers to take such workshops seriously, more especially where it had been brought closer to their door steps and wished them fruitful deliberations. The Head of Department of Special Education, Dr. Samuel Hayford said the workshop has been an annual affair since 2004 where participants address
perennial problems that confront children in reading. He noted that most children who have reading problems also have the problem of understanding what they are taught. He said the collaboration between UEW and Mary Washington University and the Reading Association will create an opportunity for UEW to send students to the USA to experience the way things are done over there. The Department of Special Education has also benefitted from some school supplies from Mary Washington to encourage children to read. Prof. Esler, Co-Chair of the International Project (States Reading Association) said her team was in the country to learn as well as bring on board new strategies. Prof. Holf, who is also a member of the State Reading Association, said â€œdespite the difference in our skin colours, we have the same vision to make things right for children, to improve the reading habits of kidsâ€?.
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Staff of UEW visit the
ix lecturers at the Institute for Educational Development and Extension (IEDE) of UEW and their group coordinator visited the United Kingdom from October 15 to 23, 2011 in line with a project titled “Mentoring and Action Research in Teacher Education in Ghana: Developing Good Practice at the University of Education, Winneba”. The project which is being sponsored by the Cola Education Foundation is a three-year partnership between UEW and the University of Brighton (UK) colleagues involved in teacher education with particular focus on mentoring and action research. It is anticipated that the project will result in improving mentoring schemes in both institutions and the teaching resources. Additionally, two academic journals and a co- edited book drawn from two ends of project symposia would be achieved. In the UK, the group visited Patcham High, Dorothy Stringer High, Westdene Primary, St. Marks Church of England, and Claremont Primary schools where they observed classroom teaching being carried out by teacher education students, interacted with the student teachers and had discussions with professional tutors, school based mentors and head teachers. Meetings were also held at the end of each day after
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the school visits for feedback and reflections. Discussions were held with the Director of the Partnership Office, University of Brighton and Mr. Kevin Fossey, a renowned university mentor. The group also had a meeting with the CEO of Cola Education Foundation and Alhaji Asoma Banda, Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba during which they expressed their profound gratitude to his organisation for sponsoring the project and trip. The group Coordinator gave a presentation on what transpired throughout the visit, while two members from the group also gave highlights on the action plans developed. They shared ideas as to how goals and purposes of the project could be realized. Working sessions were also held on the following topics: “Aims and Objectives of the Programme-Mentoring and Action Research for School Based Teaching Practice”, “Developing Individual Action Plans to Improve Practice” and then “Developing My Action Plans”. Major action plans developed out of the working sessions were: • Using focused observation approach/strategy to improve the clinical observation model for teacher trainees/mentees
• Using profiling for holistic assessment of teacher trainees/mentees The two action plans developed are to be implemented in the coming months under the direction of the Office of International Relations, UEW and supported by online meetings with designated University of Brighton mentors to review progress on key milestones. In 2012, the UK team will visit Ghana and collaboratively evaluate the action research projects, visit UEW partnership schools and collect data from the refinement/further cycles of the Action Research Projects. In the third year two symposia will be held, one in Ghana the UEW, and the other in the UK. The Ghana symposium will include academics from elsewhere in Ghana, and other Anglophone West African countries with the aim of learning from and sharing models of good practice. The UK symposia will involve all project participants with a view to disseminating and writing up the project findings. Members of the group are Mr. Edward Kwame Asante, Dr (Mrs.) Salome Essuman, Dr Francis OwusuMensah and Dr. Cosmas Mereku. The rest are Mr Eric Ofosu-Dwamena, Dr George Kankam and Prof. Jonathan Ammah, the group coordinator.
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Department of Special Education receives Equipment worth 19,600 Euros
he Force Foundation led by the International Director, Matthijs Balfoort, presented equipment worth 19,600 Euros to the Department of Special Education, University of Education, Winneba. The items included 1 everest index braille embosser machine (printer), 1 printer, 2 computers and accessories for embosser, Dolphin pens, headphones, swell paper machine for the production of graphics, swell paper, and CCTVs Making the presentation the International Director said, Force aims at helping the growing number of blind and visually impaired children
and adults in schools in developing countries with books, newspapers and magazines in modified form to enable them read and learn. The foundation according to him believes that, it is only through reading and making meaning of what is read that the blind can make themselves employable and also make other choices in life. The Pro. Vice - Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke who chaired the occasion noted that, the University takes the global agenda for access and inclusion seriously and is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the needs of Students and Faculty with disabilities
are met. The presentation of the equipment he observed will further this course. He was thankful to the donors and assured them that, the University will put the equipment to good use. In his welcome address, the Head of Department, Dr. Samuel Hayford, observed that, with the donation, students challenges in the area of access to reading material would be a thing of the past. He said, in addition, students with visual impairment will be able to browse the internet like other students, and the department would now be able to produce large quantities of reading materials and other learning aids for them. (19th April 2011)
Phoenix Insurance Donates Two (2) Laptop Computers to the University of Education, Winneba
hoenix insurance on Wednesday November 24, 2011, donated two laptops to the University of Education, Winneba. In a letter accompanying the donation, the company had this to say; “It is with pleasure that we donate two (2) Toshiba Laptop Computers to your institution. As your Insurers for part of your motor fleet, we wish to express our appreciation for the elaborate risk mitigation and management measures being put in place to reduce the rate of accidents, resulting in less claims. In appreciation of this, we wish to donate these laptops, in addition to the enhanced No Claims Discounts your institution currently enjoys. In view of the close collaboration between us and your transport department, we wish to recommend that one of the laptops be given to the department to enable them give us the necessary information when they are required. We are most grateful for your custom and look forward to a more mutual
Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah (Registrar -UEW)
beneficial relationship between our two institutions.” Receiving the items, the Registrar, Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah was grateful that, the company acknowledged that, the University is a major client and
Mr. Micheal Okyere Baafi (Head, Marketing - Phoenix Insurance)
expressed management’s appreciation for the gesture. He was hopeful that, as part of the corporate social responsibilities of the company, Phoenix Insurance will in future come to the aid of the University in other relevant areas.
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Donations / Grants
From Left: Dr. Nana Owusu Kwarteng, Mr. C. Y. Akwaah Mensah, Mrs. Ajero Nnenna Oluchi, Dr. Yaw Ofosu Kusi and Mr. Ayeni Segun Micheal
Management and Graduating Students of Hallmark University College Donate Souvenirs to UEW
he Registrar of Hallmark University College, Mrs. Ajero Nnenna Oluchi, on behalf of management and the 2011 graduating students donated a number of umbrellas and towels embossed with UEW logo and colours to the University of Education, Winneba on November 16, 2011. Hallmark University College located in Akoka Nigeria is an affiliate institution to the University of Education, Winneba. It is graduating its second batch of students this year. In all 149 students will be graduating in the following programmes: B.Sc Technology Education, B.Sc Secretarial and Office Administration, B.Sc Economics Education, B.A English Language
Education, B.A Music Education, B.Sc Agriculture Science, B.Sc. Information Te c h n o l o g y, B . E d E d u c a t i o n a l Administration and Planning, B.Sc Information Technology Education, B.Sc. Accounting, B.Sc Political Science, B.Sc Management, B.A . French Language Education, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management and PostGraduate Diploma in Financial Management. On the rational for the donation, the Registrar Mrs. Ajero Nnenna Oluchi said, they are hoping the items will remind staff, student and alumni of the University who will purchase them that; they have colleague’s far away in Nigeria.
Receiving the items, the Registrar of the University of Education, Winneba Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah said, in line with the University’s quest to move beyond the borders and shores of Ghana, UEW will ensure that, its offshore campuses are well nurtured. He expressed management’s appreciation to Hallmark University College for the gesture. Also at the brief ceremony were: the Deputy Registrar (Academic) of Hallmark University College, Mr. Ayeni Segun Micheal, Director of International Relations (UEW) Dr. Yaw Ofosu Kusi, Senior Assist. Registrar and Director, Office for Institutional Advancement (UEW) Dr. Nana Owusu Kwarteng and the Deputy Registrar (IEDE), Mr. Agyei Bieni.
Students from OSLO University College, Norway Donate Teaching and Learning Materials to Four Basic Schools in the Effutu Municipality Winneba
racticing students on attachment from Oslo University College, Norway donated a variety of etoys worth GHS 9,167.00 to four Basic schools in the Effutu municipality on November 29, 2011 as part of their social responsibility and also to show gratitude for the tremendous support received from the schools during their teaching practice period. Beneficiary schools include: University Practice 20 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
Kindergarten, University Practice Primary, Family Care and Synclaire. The Pro Vice - Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Prof Mawutor Avoke, made the presentation to the Heads of the various basic schools on behalf of the students and the Office of International Relations (OIA) . Speaking on behalf of the ViceChancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellor
said UEW has a partnership with the Oslo University College under which an average of 4 students are sent down for attachment every year to have a feel of teaching and learning in the African setting. These students have practiced in the University Practice Kindergarten, University Practice Primary, Family Care and Synclaire basic schools for the past seven years.
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Prof. Avoke also commended Mr. Wilson Agbeke, Head of Early Child Education Department for being very instrumental in the arrangement by the Faculty of Educational Studies that brought about the partnership between UEW and University College of Oslo, Norway. Prof. Avoke noted that, â€˜the donation was proof that the practicing students do not only go to the basic schools to use their facilities but also invest in themâ€™. He urged heads
of the basic schools to continue to make their classrooms a theatre for teacher training. Director for the Office of International Relations (OIA), Dr. Yaw Ofusu-Kusi thanked the heads of the basic schools for opening their doors to the practicing students. Present at the ceremony were Mr. Collins Owusu-Ansah, Snr Asst Registrar, OIA and some staff from OIA as well as the Publications Unit.
Prof. Mawutor Avoke(Pro. Vice-Chancellor - UEW) making a presentation to some of the beneficiaries
nt of e m rt a p e D e th to s te Registry Dona Business Education
he Department of Business Education on Friday, September 23, 2011 received assorted Business and Accounting Books from the Registry for their library. Presenting the books to the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah said, the books were donated by a staff of the Registry, Ms. Anna Bertha Ackom from her collection of books to be given to the department. The Vice-Chancellor commended the Registry and the doner for the gesture and encouraged all staff to emulate her gesture. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies Education, Prof. Quashigah expressed his appreciation to the registry, and to Ms. Anna Bertha Ackom for the gesture. Ms. Anna Bertha Ackom is a Senior Assistant Registrar ot the Division of Human Resources of the University of Education, Winneba.
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A Visually Impaired Student Awarded a Scholarship
Affairs, Prof. Ernest Awanta, Vice Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Hayford, Deputy Registrar of Operations, Mr. Rex Abedi Boafo, Deputy Registrar Academic, Mrs. Christie Okae-Anti, the University Relations Officer, Mr. Steve van Kamassah, the SRC President and the President, Ghana Association for the Disabled – UEW.
r. Steven Saapiah, a Level 200 English Education student of the University of Education, Winneba on Friday September 23, 2011 received a scholarship package from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw. The package included a customized laptop for the visually impaired, estimated at about a little over GHS 3,000 and a waiver of school fees for the rest of his stay in the University of Education, Winneba as a student. Making the presentation, the Vice-Chancellor said he first met Steven during an interdenominational church service where he sang in the University Mass Choir. Seeing him so determined to go beyond his impairment, and fully participating in all activities in the University, he was touched and decided to give Mr. Saapiah the scholarship package. The package he indicated was to inspire him and other students to take whatever activity they take part in seriously. To him, Steven was living example of the slogan “disability is not inability”. Mr. Saapiah on his part was grateful to the Vice-Chancellor and Management of the University for the kind gesture. He urged people with disabilities to make their presence felt in good deeds wherever they find themselves. At the ceremony were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, the Registrar, Mr. C. Y. Akwaa-Mensah, Dean of Student
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Mr. Steven Saapiah
Collaborations / Links
Collaborations / Links
University of Education Signs MOU with Royal Dutch Visio of the Netherlands
he University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and the Royal Dutch Visio from the Netherlands have entered into an agreement that will focus on the training of Lecturers from the Unit for the Education of Visually Impaired (EVI) of the Department of Special Education, UEW. The agreement which took effect from January 1, 2011 will end on December 31, 2013. The agreement was made possible by an earlier contact in 2009 between the Department of Special Education, UEW and Royal Dutch Visio. Under the agreement; • EVI-UEW will facilitate the participation of 3 EVI lecturers in
10 training sessions to be given by Professionals from the Royal Dutch Visio. • Training sessions will be used to enhance the curriculum of the EVI-UEW. • UEW will provide a contact person who will be responsible for communication between the two parties. • If publishing about the cooperation UEW will mention Visio as a beneficiary. Royal Dutch Visio on the other hand will: • Facilitate the participation of the lecturers by financing their travel costs, accommodation and food during the training sessions.
• Provide staff support through its trainers, a project manager responsible for coordination of the cooperation, and staff support services. • Develop the curriculum as well as material support. Together with Royal Dutch Visio International, UEW will explore possibilities for the provision of an e-learning programme for professional who work with the visually impaired learners. Lessons learned through the e-learning programme from the Centre for Hearing and Speech Services (CHSS) and Royal Dutch Kentalis would be used. The Vice Chancellor and Carina signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organisations.
Report on Exchange Programme: The Linnaeus-Palme Project
s part of the exchange programme between the University of Education, Winneba and the Malmo University in Sweden, the Head of Department of Early Childhood Education, Felix Kwame Duodu (Rev.) travelled to Sweden under the Linnaeus Palme Project, between April 24 and May 15, 2011, While in Sweden, he had business discussions with Dr Johan Elmfeldt, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. Bo Lundahl, International Coordinator, Mr Knut Bergknut, Director of International Affairs and Mrs. Gunilla Pfannenstill, Linnaeus Palme Coordinator. Academic activities Rev. Duodu undertook comprised delivering lec-
tures and seminars on the under listed topics: Language and Language development, the Ghanaian perspective The child’s right: the Ghanaian perspective Issues about Ghana and the University of Education, Winneba. In Sweden, Rev. Duodu visited the Lund University and conducted internship supervision in the company of Lilian Waldenstrom at Trellesborg. He also visited the eastern part of the country. As part of the exchange programme two level 300 students each from both Universities will take their second semester programmes in Malmo University and UEW concurrently from January to May 2012. A common curriculum
is to be developed to enable students from both countries take the appropriate course credits. There will be faculty visits for the two institutions. Faculty from the Department of Early Childhood, UEW, will visit Malmo University in the second semester of 2012 while Faculty from Department of Child Youth Society, Malmo University will be in UEW during the first semester of 2011 to 2012. In addition to that, the Department of Child Youth Society would like a number of their students to take their internship programme, conduct and write their action research at UEW. The Faculty of Education of Malmo University has been assured of supervisors for both the internship programme and the research project.
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Students from Depauw University in USA visits UEW
ifteen students and two officials from the Depauw University, Indiana State in the United States of America on January 25, 2011 paid a one-day educational visit to the University of Education, Winneba as part of their five day educational tour in Ghana. Briefing officials and students of UEW, Mr Loutfi Jirari, Director of International Student Services of Depauw University, said the visit was to familiarise themselves with the operations of the University of Education, Winneba. Mr. Jirari said at the beginning of every year students on internship at the University of Depauw embark on educational tour to some selected African Universities to enable those offering courses in Geography, Economics, Computer Science and History gather enough information for their research activities. He said such visits also offer students the opportunity to link up
with other Universities in Africa to take up different research projects which are mostly sponsored by companies in USA on completion of their courses. Mr. Jirari emphasised that the gains of such educational tours are enormous since it affords the students the chance to ask questions about entry requirements, admission processes, examinations, student leadership and the operations of any particular University visited. The team had already visited three Universities as part of their tour: the University of Cape Coast, the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Receiving them, the Director of International Relations of UEW, Dr. Jonathan Ammah thanked the team for the visit and also explained to them the mandate of the University of Education, Winneba which is to train
qualified and competent teachers for all levels of education in Ghana. The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ernest Awanta also explained the internship system of the UEW to the visitors. He noted that under the internship programme, level 300 students of UEW are made to go on nine (9) months internship training in most of the primary, junior and senior high schools in the country as part of their four-year study at the University. He further explained that during such periods, students are assigned to mentors in their chosen field of academic discipline who guide them during the ninemonth training period. He maintained that Lecturers from the University also pay unannounced visits to students during such periods to monitor their performance.
Delegation from University of Victoria, Canada visits UEW
35-member Delegation from University of Victoria, Canada (UVIC) under the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) programme visited the University of Education, Winneba on Tuesday June 14, 2011.The delegation was in Winneba to familiarise themselves with the Early Childhood Education programme in the Univeristy of Education, Winneba. The Head of the Department of Early Childhood Education, welcomed the delegation.
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He gave the background of Early Childhood Development Education in Ghana. He introduced the Staff members and the sandwich Post Diploma 2 students. Lecturers in the Department took turns to explain the various aspects of the Early Childhood Education programme they taught.
be possible to do a PhD under the ECDVU programme.
Prof. Jophus Anamuah Mensah expressed his delight about the developments at the Department of Early Childhood Education. He intimated that soon, it would
Also present at were members of ECDVU from Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and the Former ViceChancellor of UEW, Prof. Jophus Anamuah Mensah.
The delegation visited the University Practice School and the Family Care School in Winneba and paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. Asabere-Ameyaw.
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UEW signs Agreement with May’s Day Educational Centre
he University of Education, Winneba (UEW) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with May’s Day Care and Educational Centre (MDCEC), a private educational institution based in Accra on June 8, 2011 in Winneba. The Memorandum of Cooperation which took effect from May 2010 grants affiliate status to MDCEC. Under the instrument of affiliation, MDCEC will: • Offer undergraduate programmes leading to the award of Diploma and Certificate in Early Childhood Education as approved by the Academic Board and Council of UEW in accordance with the provision of statute 44 of UEW • Be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the standard of
programmes leading to academic awards • Be able to mount new programmes that are approved by the Council and Academic Board of the UEW The delegation from MDCEC was led by Prof. Akwasi Agyeman the Vice-Chairman of the Board of MDCEC. Also among the delegation were the Director of MDCEC, Mrs. Efua Bram Larbi, the Academic Head , Ms. Ewurabena Bram-Larbi, the Accountant , Mr. A. O. Tetteh, and Mr. Aidoo, a staff of MDCEC. In a brief remark, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Akwasi AsabereAmeyaw of UEW said “The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is poised to fulfill its desire of assisting government to meet
the educational needs of Ghana. We hope that you will live up to expectation so that a meaningful impact can be made on the nation through this co-operation”. Present at the meeting was the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, the Registrar, Mr. C. Y. Akwaa Mensah, th e D e p u t y Registrar, Academic Affairs, Mrs. Christie Okae-Anti and the Senior Assistant Registrar, Publications Unit, Mr. Reginald Agbo. MDCEC, a private educational institution was established 22 years ago. It operates a Day Care Centre, a Basic School (Kindergarten to JHS) and a Pre-School Teacher Training Department, where it runs a 1-year Certificate and a 2year Diploma programme in Early Childhood Education.
Report on Four-Day Official visit of Tai Solarin University of Education Students Union Government Officials to UEW
team of Students Union and Governing Officials of Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria paid a four-day official visit to UEW from Tuesday, the 10th of May – Sunday, May 15, 2011. The team was led by Dr. John Olunwasengun Ayorinde, Dean of Student Affairs of Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria. The visit offered the Student Union Leaders the opportunity to meet their counterparts in UEW, share ideas on student governance, curriculum development, student organization, University Management and Student relationship. It was also to give practical meaning to the MOU signed between the two institutions in 2006.
The Pro. Vice-Chancellor officially welcomed the delegation to UEW. D r. B a y o J o h n O l u w a s e g u n Ayorinde, gave a brief account of his institution. According to him Tai Solarin University of Education which came into existence on January 20, 2005 was the first of its kind in Nigeria. It offers both the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Education (B.Ed) and National Certificate of Education (NCE) within the same academic environment. It also runs part-time programmes. Solarin University of Education has student population of about 20.090. He further added that in addition to training highly qualified, competent and disciplined teachers, Tai Solarin University of Education also exposes the students to en-
trepreneurial and vocational skills education. Prof. J.O. Ammah, Director, Office of International Relations and his outfit hosted the delegation. He took the opportunity to enlighten the guest student leaders and the officials about the diligent manner in which students’ politics had been on campus that had ensured peace among students and stability in the University as a whole. He also gave a brief history of the University of Education, Winneba. The delegation interacted with the Vice Dean of Students Affairs. She shared with the delegation some of the success stories of UEW in relation to student governance and explained the functions of the Dean’s Office in UEW. UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 25
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Report on 2011 Educational Retreat for Delegation from Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Nigeria
he Office of International Relations, on behalf of the University, hosted the 2011 Educational Retreat for a delegation from Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria from 15th to 19th May, 2011 on the theme, “Developing a Paradigm for effective Information Management and Revenue Mobilisation in Higher Institutions in Africa”. In pursuance of the Strategic Plan, the Office of International Relations is charged to put faculty and other staff in touch with senior academics and researchers abroad through the organization of International Seminars, workshops, retreats and conferences at UEW. The delegation was made up of 14 Teaching staff, 12 non-teaching Staff and 4 Student leaders. The Director of the Office of International Relations, Prof. J. O. Ammah welcomed the delegation to Winneba and gave a brief history of the University. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Education, Prof. Quashigah also gave a brief background of the Faculty and the structure of academic programmes run by the departments and centres under the Faculty.
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In his speech the Pro. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, on behalf of Vice-Chancellor granted a special reception to the delegation. He was particularly appreciative of the fact that our guests had found our University as an ideal place where they could have professional retreat and exchange of ideas with members of staff. The Pro. Vice Chancellor further stressed that such fora created platforms where ideas for professionalism in Teacher Education may be shared and wished them a peaceful stay and fruitful deliberations.
He explained the mission of their college as having been mandated to train teachers for all levels of education.
In his reply, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Edegbai Benjamin extended the best wishes and greetings from their Provost to the Vice Chancellor. He gave the reason of their visit as the desire to consolidate the insights and rich experiences gained by the group who attended the programme last year. The impact of the gain was so much that the University Management decided to sponsor this group of participants to attend this retreat to help them improve upon their work through the experiences they would gain through the retreat. He thanked the ViceChancellor for opening his doors to them and according them the needed hospitality and protocol.
An invitation was extended to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. AsabreAmeyaw to visit the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Nigeria in the future.
He disclosed that the college has a student population of over 10.000 for both the regular and sandwich courses. The College planned signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Education, Winneba in the areas of: • Staff training • Staff exchanges • Student exchanges • Joint Academic programmes
Workshop Session A number of lecture and discussion sessions were held. Two topics were discussed as follows: • Strategies for Revenue Mobilization in African Higher Institutions • Information Technology, elearning and Management The discussion sessions were facilitated by Mr. B.B. Bingab, Coordinator, Monitoring and
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Evaluation, Externally Funded Projects Office (EFPO) of UEW and Alhaji (Dr.) Issifu Yidana, Head, Centre for Information C o m m u n i c a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y, (ICT) of UEW respectively. The Presentation and discussion on the strategies for Revenue Mobilization in African Higher Institutions covered the following issues: • The Core Business of Abeokuta College of Education • The Concept of Revenue Mobilisation • Revenue Mobilisation within Higher Education in Africa • Internal Revenue Mobilization • External Revenue Mobilization The presentation and discussion on Information Technology, e-learning
and Management focused on the following sub-topics. • Changes in the last three decades in society, Governance, Business and commerce, education and workplace? • An overview of ICT, in Education • E-learning and E-learning tools • M-learning • Managing e-learning Implementations • Visit to places of Interest within Winneba The members of the delegation were conducted round the three campuses of the University. Some members took the opportunity to visit their counterpart departments and sections. They were also taken to the Sir Charles and Royal Beaches in Winneba in the evening
of the third day. The delegation also paid a courtesy call on the Nigerian High Commissioner in Accra. Dinner In the evening of Wednesday, 18th May 2011, the team was treated to a pre-departure dinner at the forecourt of the Home Economics Department. There were presentation of speeches and gifts from both the visiting and hosting institutions. Departure On Thursday, 19th May, 2011, the delegation left Winneba for the Airport full of fond memories and gratitude. They promised to share the knowledge and rich experiences they had acquired through the retreat with their counterparts back home.
Cola Foundation to Contribute to the development of UEW links with different departments in UEW. The main mission of the exchange programme is to:
Mr. Azad Cola
he Cola Foundation a nonprofit organisation aims to make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the University of Education Winneba, Ghana through a staff exchange programme. The foundation sponsored by Azad Cola, a London Hotelier’s is aim was to improve upon the quality of Education delivery in the University of Education, Winneba. The foundation would develop exchange links between the University of Education, Winneba and British Universities as well as promote
• enhance and develop the capacity of university staff • establish opportunities for mutual learning and professional development of Ghanaian and UK staff • provide a model of international exchange that can be scaled up, replicated and sustained • provide an opportunity for educational professional and business stakeholders to work together on a programme of shared concern Following a visit by the Consultant to the Foundation, Prof. David Stephen in December 2010, collaboration in Mentoring and Action Research between UEW and a UK based University was identified as a key area to be supported by the Foundation to enhance and develop the capacity of staff. Given the backdrop that UEW is a teacher education university, and has a ½ year student internship programme, during which
student teachers work under mentors in various schools, University of Brighton, UK, was selected to collaborate with UEW in the area of Mentoring and Action Research. University of Brighton has been adjudged by the UK Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted) in providing five star provision in its primary and secondary teacher education. Central to this achievement is the partnership between University and schools, the role of the mentor and their support, and the expertise the University has in school-based action research. UEW staff working with Centre for Teacher Development and Action Research (CETDAR) of the Institute of Educational Development and Extension (IEDE), is benefit from collaboration with Brighton colleagues engaged in facilitating a similar model of initial teacher education. Staff of CETDAR visited UK in October 2011 as part of the collaboration to participate in workshops, seminars, visits to schools and relevant business centres. Action plans were developed for implementation back in Ghana.
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UEW SRC Adjudged the Best Student Leadership in Ghana
he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, has commended the 2010/2011 Student Representative Council (SRC) for their initiate, drive, leadership style and commitments towards their duties on campus. He made this remarks when the SRC led by the Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Ernest K. Awanta, lead the SRC present to the University a trophy won by the SRC at the Youth Excellence Award Ceremony held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Conference Hall, Accra, on March 24, 2011. The 2010/11 SRC of the University of Education, Winneba, were adjudged the Best Student Leaders in Ghana in the “Student in Leadership” Category at the Awards Ceremony organized
by WAVES INTERNATIONAL (http:// www.wavesghana.org/). The SRCs of Regent University and the Institute of Professional Studies were the first and second runners up respectively in the same category. The Student in Leadership Award recognizes the essential and vital role student leadership plays. The SRC President, Mr. P. W. Kankam acknowledged the role of the Management of UEW and the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs in achieving this feat. He intimated that the assistance given to the SRC in the form of advice and encouragement had been a great source of motivation. He expressed appreciation for the support they have enjoyed from the University.
At the same Awards Ceremony, Mr. Peter Agbeadzi, a Level 200 Mathematics Education student of the University of Education, Winneba, emerged the second runner up in the “Youth Ambassador of the Year” category. The youth ambassador of the year is the ultimate award of the Youth Excellence Award. The award recognizes an individual for his or her commitment and contribution to the field of youth development. The Youth Excellence Award is an initiative of WAVES International and its partners KAMPAC Group, Dubai. It was established to recognize and appreciate young people and their initiatives across the country. The purpose of establishing the award is to instill in young people the essence to yearn for excellence in their various endeavours.
UEW Student wins the Mary Voswinkle Memorial Award
iss Rita Saka of the Reformers Cadet Corp has won Voswinkle Memorial Award. She was given a cheque of $750.00 to be used to pay her fees.
This follows her recommendation to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) by Mr. Bluwey, the Head of Security of the University of Education, Winneba. Mr. Bluwey is a member of International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
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Miss UEW Contesting Face of Tertiary 2011
iss UEW, Amanda Yeboah represented the University at the Face of Tertiary contest, 2011.
Face of Tertiary is a beauty pageant organized by Brein Consult, for all the beauty queens in the various tertiary institutions in Ghana to unearth an icon to help in the fight against child labour in Ghana. The ultimate winner would represent Ghana at the World Miss University pageant. The World Miss University pageant brings together over 48 beauty queens from the various parts of the world representing Universities in their countries. The winner would become a United Nations World Peace ambassador. Amanda is a level 300 Home Economics student. She attended Achimota Basic School and continued to Ahantaman Senior Secondary School in Takoradi. Her hobbies include Sewing, dancing and Swimming.
ASSENS (UEW) Triumphs over LINGSA (Legon)
he Association of English Education Students (ASSENS) on Friday, October 28, 2011 engaged Students of the Faculty of Linguistics (LINGSA) of the University of Ghana, Legon in a debate as part of the Faculty Week celebration of LINGSA at the SRC Union Building, University of Ghana, Legon. Arguing against the motion: “The Use of a Foreign Language as a National Language is Best for the African”; Ms. Dorcas Addo (Principal Speaker), Ms. Agyeiwa Asumadu (1st
Supporting Speaker) and Ms. Priscilla Ekua Quaicoe (2nd Supporting Speaker) were very convincing and beat their co-debaters with a hundred point margin. ASSENS - The Association of English Education Students is made up of all students of UEW who are offering a degree in English Language at the University of Education, Winneba. The Association amongst others aim at seeking the welfare of its members on Campus. ASSENS Our Pride!!!
Ernestina Awo Boachie receives Unilever Foundation Excellence Award
s. Ernestina Awo Boachie on September 29, 2011 received Uniliver Foundation Excellence Award for graduating as the best female student in nutrition from the University of Education, Winneba for the 2009/2010 academic year. Awo, currently a clothing and textiles teacher at Baidoo Bonsoe Senior High School, graduated with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.58.
Awo who was among 16 other recipients of the same award, received a customized plaque, a palm-top computer and assorted Unilever products.
The Unilever Ghana Foundation Excellence Award aims among others to help one billion people across the world improve their Health and Well-being in line with its Sustainable Living Plan (USLP). Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Andrews Quayson, Chairman of the Foundation indicated that, the awards were to support the empowerment of women, who he described as “the engine of societal well-being and growth.” UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 29
Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah receives an Honorary Doctorate Award from the Open University of UK at Birmingham.
he Open University of UK awarded Prof. Anamuah Mensah an Honorary Doctrate degree on June 25, 2011. In a citation, it was observed that, in addition to offering services to the University, he had worked in areas of special educational concern to the Open University. Born in Ghana, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah is the Executive Chair of Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Director of School and Community Science and Technology Studies - SACOST, at the University of Education, Winneba. For nine years he was the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), the first University in Africa dedicated to teacher education. He has contributed greatly to the development of open distance learning in Ghana and chaired the committee that produced a blueprint for an open University for Ghana. He established the National Centre for Research into Basic Education and is the chief architect of Ghana’s current educational reform. In 2006, he received a prestigious award, the Order of the Volta, in recognition of his work in education. His other roles include a professorship at the Early Childhood Development Virtual University of the University of Victoria, Canada, and membership of the jury for the 2010 World Innovation Summit for Education.
Mathematics Clinic for Basic School Teachers
pre-service mathematics clinic for basic school teachers is underway at the Basic Education Department, University of Education, Winneba. The clinic being organized by Mr. Ahmed Kobina Amihere will take participants through series of activities that could be used to teach mathematics effectively at the basic school level. On the first day, participants were taken through relevant activities that could be used to teach odd numbers, even numbers, how even and odd numbers could be used to develop number relationships, using odd numbers to generate perfect squares, triangular numbers, prime number, composite numbers and building multiplication tables Participants who were level 300 pre-service teachers volunteered to stay on after their examination for the exercise. On his motivation to organize the clinic, Mr. Ahmed observed that, teachers at the basic level have for some time now complained of challenges they face teaching some mathematics concepts. To fill in the gap, he intend to have regular clinics to introduce pre-service teachers to the ‘hows’ of teaching mathematics and also make recorded versions of these lessons available for publication on the University’s website for use by all pre-service and in-service teachers. 30 UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011
Prof. D. Mereku’s Research Paper gets High Profile
research paper presented by Professor Mereku at the 6th International e-Learning Africa Conference held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 25-27, 2011, was given a high profile in a review in the conference’s popular newsletter “Elearning Africa Newsportal” by Prof. David Hallow in his article captioned “The challenge of effective integration”. The paper was developed from data collected as part of the University of Education Winneba’s participation in the Pan African Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integration of ICT (PanAf) project which was initiated in 2006 to support initiatives in African countries to integrate ICT into teaching and learning.
Dr Yaw Ofosu-Kusi (HOD, Social Science Education) made Director for the 2011Child and Youth Institute
he Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) based in Dakar, Senegal has selected Dr Yaw Ofosu-Kusi (HOD, Social Science Education) as the Director for the 2011 Child and Youth Institute. The theme for the 2011 Institute was ‘Children’s Agency and Development in African Societies’. It took place from the 5th to the 23rd of September 2011 in Dakar, Senegal. During that time three Resource Persons drawn from around the world, and 15 laureates from African Universities, Research Institutes and Organizations presented papers on the theme for the 2011 Institute for study and discussion. As Director of the 2011 Child and Youth Institute, Dr Yaw Ofosu-Kusi would: • Assist with the identification of resource persons who will lead discussions and debates during the Institute • Participate in the selection of laureates • Design the course for the session, including specific sub-themes • Deliver a set of lectures and conduct a critical analysis of the papers presented by the resource persons and the laureates • Submit a written scientific report on the session. In addition, Dr Ofosu-Kusi would (co) edit the revised versions of the papers presented by the resource persons and assess the papers presented by the laureates with a view to submitting them for publication by CODESRIA UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 31
Simpa Hall still dominates Women Cross Country Event
s. Esther Adwubi on Saturday October 1, 2011, retained her title as the best female cross country runner at the University of Education, Winneba during an interhall crosscountry event at the Kumasi campus. The event was organised under the distinguished patronage of Prof. James Flolu, the Principal, College of Technology Education, University of Education, Winneba, to select athletes to represent the University at the next GUSA cross country to be held at University of Mines and Technology - UMaT Tarkwa in November 2011. Participants were drawn from halls of the four campuses (Winneba, Ajumako, Kumasi and Mampong) of the University of Education, Winneba. In a short message, the chairman of amalgamated sport, Prof. E. Awanta congratulated and advised selected athletes not to relent on their efforts but continue to train hard to improve their perfomance at the national cross country.
Ms. Esther Adwubi
Below are some results for the women and men events:
Women (8Km) Position
Kamanjado D. Susanna
Men (12Km) Position
Osei Gabriel Boakye
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Workshop for Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, Directors and Deputies
he Human Resource Division of the University of Education, Winneba on Thursday September 29, 2011 organised a one day workshop for newly appointed Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and their Deputies to introduce them to the demands and workings of their various offices. Topics treated at the workshop included: Actualizing the Vision and Mission of UEW through Strategic Leadership; M a n a g i n g S t a f f Pe r f o r m a n c e for Optimum Output; University Governance: The Role of Senior Management and Changing Nature of University Governance in the Wider Perspective On how to actualize the vision and mission of the University through strategic leadership, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. Asabere-Ameyaw, informed participants that management’s focus for the period 2011 – 2015 is to consolidate gains made in transforming the University into an internationally well recognized tertiary teacher education institution. He enumerated a number of strategies being adopted. These include: making satellite campuses more visible; ensuring that all the
infrastructural developments embarked on are completed and furnished with state of the art equipment. Additionally, the Universdity will promote transparent and competitive admission process, maintain neat and beautiful environment for effective work. He further informed participants of the five core values essential for attaining the University’s vision and mission: Academic excellence, Good corporate governance, Service to the community, Gender equity, Social inclusiveness, Teamwork. On how to Manage Staff Performance for Optimum Output, Dr. George K.T. Oduro reminded participants that globally, universities are established to generate Knowledge through research, disseminate Knowledge and also Apply these to Policy Issues. He then continued to look at Processes of Performance Management, Measuring Performance, Challenges of managing performance, and Ways of Enhancing performance management Mr. Paul Effah, the immediate past Executive Secretary of National Commission for Tertiary Education, NCTE, looked at University
Governance: The Role of Senior Management. He took participants through what University Governance is, who senior Managers in a University are, University Governance as a System of Shared Governance, Primary Responsibilities of Council, Role of Senior Management and how Management could be held Accountable. Finally, Dr. Mrs. Mary Dzansi-McPalm, took participants through the Changing Nature of University Governance in the Wider Perspective. She observed that, everything about Universities today, from values through growth, students, programmes, stakeholders, knowledge to technology have changed and continue to change by the hour. This she said calls for strategic management at our institutions of higher learning. She continued by taking participants through Clark’s triangle of co-ordination – viz. Market (s), State and Academia. To conclude her presentation, she had this piece of advice to participants; “Remember, when you become a Dean or Head of Department do no harm to your colleagues because you may find yourself one day as an ordinary member of your department or faculty”
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Government called upon to improve infrastructure at the College of Technology Education, University of Education, Winneba.
he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Asabere-Ameyaw, has made a passionate appeal to government to upgrade laboratory equipment at the University to enhance effective teaching and learning. He said training of high calibre of teachers and educational administrators and conducting relevant quality research need massive inflow of funds to have positive effect on education in the country. Professor Asabere-Ameyaw made the appeal during this year’s matriculation ceremony held for fresh undergraduate and post graduate students
of the University of Education Winneba Kumasi-campus. Out of a total of 4,348 students who applied for admission, 1,729 were admitted for the undergraduate programmes, while 340 applicants gained admission to pursue post graduate programmes.
admitted over the years to ensure gender parity.
Professor Asabere-Ameyaw called on government to provide modern equipment for ICT, laboratories, workshops and attend to the bad nature of roads in public universities. Touching on the strength of student and staff of the University, he remarked on how significantly Kumasi – Campus has recorded a steady growth in its staff and student population. He noted that, more female students have been
He admonished the students to avoid alcoholism, drug abuse, offensive dressing, promiscuous life, uncouth behaviour and pilfering. In attendance were the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke, Registrar, Mr . C.Y Akwaa-Mensah, Finance Officer Mr Ben K. Kpodo and the University Librarian, Mrs. V. Bannerman
Fresh Undergraduate Students urged to be Time conscious
s part of measures put in place to enhance effective teaching and learning at the University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi Campus, an orientation programme has been organized by the Dean of Student affairs for students who have been admitted into the 2011/2012 academic year. The orientation programme which was organized on Tuesday, September 28, 2011 was to inform and introduce to students, the University’s system which they will be part of. The fresh undergraduate students numbering about 800 were taken through channels of communication, proper handling of University’s facility, and sanctions for examination malpractices amongst others. The Dean of the Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences, Mrs. Margaret Ethel Taylor, on behalf of the Principal of the College, Professor Emmanuel James Flolu, admonished students to make judicious use of their
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time while on campus to achieve their academic ambitions. The Principal noted that it is the University’s responsibility to see them develop academically, socially and personally. He encouraged them to channel all their grievances to the appropriate quarters to ensure the smooth running of the College. The Deputy Registrar, Mr. Michael Kofi Adu who touched on the challenges of the campus, urged students to settle their bills to avoid embarrassment. T h e Pr e s i d e n t o f t h e S t u d e n t s Representative Council, Mr. Richard Obeng advised his colleagues to abide by the rules and regulations of the University and also avoid all forms of social vices such as drunkenness, sexual harassment and smoking. In attendance was the Vice Dean of Students Affairs, Mr. Anthony Freeman, Assistant Registrars, Lecturers and other members of staff.
He encouraged students to make conscious effort at developing their mental capabilities and take advantage of the opportunities the University offered them.
2010/ 2011 Post Internship Seminar
he University of Education Winneba, Kumasi has organized a post internship seminar for students of the 2010/2011 academic year. The internship programme forms part of the general requirements for the awarding of a degree by UEW. The internship programme is for final year students of UEW, who are required to apply and practice the ethics of teaching and learning in a classroom setting. It is also intended to develop professional attitudes and qualities of adaptability and sensitivity to both the school and the student they teach. The Principal of the College of Technology Education, University of Education, Winneba, Prof. E. J. Flolu, in his address congratulated the students for the hard work exhibited during their internship programme. He noted that the objective of the University is to assist students to perform more clearly and comprehensively to make them effective and efficient teachers. Professor Flolu, reiterated that in any particular programme of study the student pursued, the University wants them to have the intellectual skills to gain meaning and value from it. He was of the conviction that the experiences gained by the students from the internship programme will inform their work on completion. Students who were posted to the various parts of the country for the internship programme expressed their views during their interaction with University authorities.
UEW-Students urged to take responsible decisions
tudents of the University of Education, Winneba Kumasi, (UEW-K) have been encouraged to honour studentsâ€™ code of conduct and take responsible decisions whiles on campus. The Principal of the University of Education, Winneba Kumasi, Prof. E.J. Flolu gave the advice during an orientation program organized for 2011/2012 sandwich students. He reminded the students that being in the University is to learn to be well rounded and responsible members of society as well as to achieve their academic laurels.
challenging for new doors to be opened to them. He noted that, it is the responsibility of the University to see them thrive and succeed academically, socially and personally. The S.R.C President for the Sandwich Programme of the College advised his fellow students not to indulge in any social vices such as exam malpractices, possession of arms, the use of hard drugs, rape and sexual harassment so that their stay on campus would be a success. In attendance were the Vice Dean, the Deputy Registrar and a cross section of staff from the College of Technology Education.
Prof. Flolu, urged them to learn something that is unfamiliar and
UEW-K held a two day orientation Workshop for newly elected leaders
he University of Education, Winneba-Kumasi has ended its two day orientation workshop organized for newly elected student leaders. The workshop which focused on enlightening the student leaders on best practices and responsibilities associated with their office brought together over 70 newly elected student leaders across all sections of student leadership. Speaking at the workshop, the former Head of Department of Management Education at the University, Mrs. Veronica Adu-Brobbey, said as leaders, their leadership style must be productive, adding that, their term of office must exhibit good technical and human relations skills to ensure student satisfaction in all areas of leadership. Mrs. Adu-Brobbey further advised that they must be God fearing, selfconfident, time conscious and flexible among others.
The Dean of the Faculty of Education and Communication Science, Mrs. Margaret Ethel Taylor who highlighted the role of student leaders in the University administration indicated that a clear understanding of the context in which as leaders will be serving is a requisite for effective leadership, since the University community consist of diverse people with varied educational and social background. Mrs. Taylor advised that student leaders should lead the voice in decision making for the student body and work in a spirit of co-operation to keep lines of communication between students and the rest of the University community alive and open. She added that, all complaints must be addressed through proper administrative channels and decision making body. Mrs. Taylor also, stressed that effective time management should be a priority on the part of the newly elected student leaders. UEW Newsletter Dec. 2011 35
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