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Youth Arena Network made ‘History’ at Learning Strategist Seminar for SHS Students in the Jasikan District

Youth Arena Network made ‘History’ at Learning Strategist Seminar for SHS Students in the Jasikan District

Youth Arena Network,a registered youth network with the National National Youth Authority over the weekend made history at its first ever Learning Strategist Seminar of the year at the Jasikan District of the Volta Rrgion.

 

The programme was brought together by The founder and CEO of Youth Arena Network, an education focused youth ,Aaron Lordstone Kpogo and the Buem District Education Office .

Others speakers at the programme include resourceful persons in the person of Divine Kpe and Bright Dey,.

They engaged senior high and technical school students within the Jasikan district for a three day program dubbed

“PURSUING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: THE ACT OF APPLYING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS”.

Education is a vital tool for the holistic development of human capital that goes to positivelyaffect all other aspects of socio-economic development of individuals and the country as a whole. Education is so important that we cannot leave it to chance, especially on the art of the student being educated.

Students form the main object of instruction in our various educational institutions. As part of their obligation is their ability to study and pass examinations, in order to qualify to the next level in their academic progression. Unfortunately, we have witnessed various attempts by some students over successive years who tried to adopt foul means to pass exams without the basic principle of engaging and developing their mental capacity to read, think, learn and understand what they were taught. The accompanying effect has being the high exams failure rates in WAEC organised exams.

Records from WACE have shown that over the past years the pass mark rate of students whosat for WASSCE is below the average mark of 50%. Below is the data by the Deputy Minister for Education (Tertiary), Hon. Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa on August 27, 2014.“Here are the facts from WAEC (FACTS not my OPINION) on the percentage of students who obtained A1 to C6 in 6 subjects (3 Electives and 3 Core Subjects) which is the National Accreditation Board’s minimum entry requirements to progress to the tertiary level.2006 – 12.51% 2007 – 10.58% 2008 – 12.95% 2009 – 14.58% 2010 – No examinations due to four year change. 2011 – 26.00% 2012 – 31.19% 2013 – 19.15% 2014 – 28.10%” *(2015 – 25.00%)*** This is yet to confirmed though.

The above data using year 2012 as the bench mark, shows that averagely 68.81% and more of students fail in their final exams each year, over the past ten years. The factors accounting for these high percentages are multifaceted. Nonetheless, the CEO of Youth Arena Network has identified that, students’ inability to know how to learn and to comprehend what is being taught, largely account for these high failure rates. Teachers often than not tell students to learn but not how to learn. Not knowing the ‘HOW’ approach to learning makes most of them easily give up on learning their books.

 

Another factor identified, is the over concentration or premium given to few schools in theurban sectors in relation to access to reading materials, internet, physical infrastructures, motivational exposures to students, etc. at the disadvantage of majority of schools in the remote areas and regions in Ghana. Yet, all final year candidates across the country are mandated to write the same standardised WAEC exams each year.

This he believes is the reason we have consistently been revolving almost around the same percentages of pass marks over these years.

He has therefore taken deliberate steps to empower students on learning skills and to champion positive behavioural attitudes towards learning among students across the country.

The fact is, the traditional way learning is presented to students via instilling fear, canning, insulting, etc. is outmoded hence, the need to adopt new approaches that seek to imbibe in students, the act of marshalling their thinking processes to be able to learn and understand what is being taught.

The learning strategies seminar is one of the platforms he plans using to reach all SH/T schools in the country hence, for the first time extending his services from Accra closer to the students in the Jasikan district. The program was very impactful as the resource persons missed no words in challenging students to make the best use of their minds by disciplining themselves to stay focus on their books and sacrifice anything that will not help them to achieve their academic goals at the end of the day.

They were admonished to be solution oriented thinkers, instead of complain at the least opportunity. At the end of each session books related to the theme were donated to stock the libraries of these schools. This is meant to aid students’ internalise these principles as they engage in reading them overtime.

Below are some feedbacks from some of the heads of schools and students:

In an interview  with some of the participants of the programme,they have shown their excitement for bein part of the programme. Read their views below….

“Your coming is so timely, at a time management and staffs were deciding on how to motivate students to learn. I can conclusively say, this seminar is not just meant for students,but staffs also have something to learn from. Indeed, this seminar has been very beneficial to all”. -Rev. Edison Adekode. (Asst. Headmaster for Academics, Bueman SHS)

“This has been the most successful seminar in the area of learning strategies for students. We are so enlightened and we thank God for your coming”. –Mr. Divine. (Teacher, Bueman SHS)

“What you have just taught us, in fact, we really appreciate them. As students, we need more
of these messages to take immediate actions on them. In the class, teachers are teaching but
our minds are on other things, when instead that is what is needed to cope with lessons and
understand what is being taught. –Nelson Gormadu. (Student, Bueman SHS).
“The students are having learning difficulties, hence, what they have learnt here will
empower them to focus on their books”. –Snr. House Master, Okajakrom SHTS
“The program has benefited us a lot, because we now have knowledge on how to learn”.
-Grirl’s prefect, Father Dogli Memory SHTS
“The program has come at the right time where students are deficient in learning. The
program has expose students to a lot of things and enlightened them to change their attitudes
towards learning and this will translate into good academic performances.
-Snr. House Master, Father Dogli Memory SHTS.
Despite the rough terrain vis-à-vis the road network, climate and remote locations, the
positive responses from both students and teaching staff of the need for more of such
engagements was enough to keep the enthusiasm of the speakers alive.
Everyone; both individuals and corporate organisations are stakeholders in education, as such
the time has come for all to come on board to deliberately work in bringing about the needed
improvement in students performances, rather than looking at it from an individual household
perspective.
As a nation, we cannot desire to see improvement in candidates’ results, when we keep doing the same old things and using the same approaches. Many students who could not pass their final exams have giving up on hope; hence the time to act is now.
The CEO of Youth Arena Network is therefore inviting interested individuals and corporate organization to come on board to champion this noble campaign by sponsoring books to stock the libraries of schools in the remote areas of Ghana, while they in turn promise to actively engage their time, energy and intellectual abilities and properties across the entire country to help shape the learning skills and decision making abilities of our future
generation (students).
Aaron gave Special thanks  to Divine Kpe, the CEO of Teen Age Build-Ghana and Bright Dey, the CEO of Commuinties of Thinking and the Head of planning and Stats. Unit, Ho regional GES Head office for availing their time and knowledge in making this program a success.
Also, to Nelson Agordoh,  for making 40 copies of his book titled;
‘FIFTY SECRETS EVERY SHS STUDENT MUST KNOW’ in addition to mine at no cost
as donations to the libraries of these schools.
Media partners at the programme include, Lorlornyo fm, Cape360 and EducationGhana.net; Special  appreciation went to the media houses and  The SHS coordinator for Jasikan district, Mr. Joseph Adeti, to the
heads of schools, teaching staff and all students, for making this program a success.
His  last special thanks go to God Almighty for his direction, guidance, favour and protection
throughout the program.
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About Ellis Ferdinand

Ellis Ferdinand is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of EducationGhana Limited and the Managing Editor at EducationGhana.net . He is a passionate writer,a publicist and an online Marketer and Promoter. He is Ghana's number 1 Education Blogger who brings all happenings in the Ghanaian Education Sector ,from Basic to Tertiary, to the doorsteps of readers on EducationGhana.net He is also the Founder of Education Awards Ghana which will soon be launched in Ghana to help boosts the Education Sector. He is Passionate about Promoting Education in Ghana, Africa and the world at large. Ferdinand Completed Accra College of Education and was Awarded a Diploma In Basic Education by the University of Cape Coast and Currently reading Psychology and Foundation of Education with Management and Accounting Options at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Ferdinand is willing to work with any organization who believes in Promoting quality business as well as Education in Ghana and Africa. You can Contact him for Promotion of Events,Advertisements,Publications and any other business through Education Ghana.

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