ZAYAA MOSQUE AT WULUGU

WuluguThe Zayaa mosque as lots of people call it is located at Wulugu, 14km from Walewale in the West Mamprusi district. It is one of the 20thC buildings in the country built from mud. It is peculiar in that it is an uncommon storeyed traditional design of historical and military interest.

Sheik Abdul-Karim, the man behind this historic building ,had a vision of the building in a dream when he was residing at Bawku in the Upper East Region.
He migrated to Bolgatanga in search of a place to put up the building but could not find any land available. So he decided moving through Pwalugu and then to Wulugu which finally became his home. When he first got to this area, he lived in a small home.
He had the same vision again in a dream but this time, it showed him clearly where to put the building and how it should look like.

When he got up the next morning, he saw a hand-dug well in the area where his vision directed him to put up the building and that simply implied that God had provided him with water to use for the building, since it was hard to find water for building by then.

So the next day he started putting up the building but realized that any time he built to some level and breaks to continue the next day, the building automatically increased to another level. He tried several times at night to see if he could find that person but all to no avail.

One night again, he got another vision from a dream and it said to him “The land I have shown to you is a place to be kept holy”.

The building is a combination of two structures. A mosque and a house. The Sheik lived in the house whiles his wives and children lived at a separate building but closer to it.

The Zayaa building has 45rooms with two floors. The well in the house can be accessed from any floor, either from the first or second floor. The wife of the Sheik, Hajia Fatima still lives with her children in this village. She is 115 years old.

It is allowed to take pictures with Hajia Fatima, as well as the building. For further information please whatsapp on +233545571534.

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DISTRICT DIRECTOR’S WELCOME MESSAGE

coat of armsWelcome and thank you for taking time to visit the Website of West  Mamprusi Ghana Education Service (G.E.S). A lot has changed since the establishment of G.E.S in 1974. The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana gave endorsement to the Service under Article 190 and then subsequently in the Ghana Education Service Act 506, 1995. In 2008, the passage of the new Education Act 778 introduced changes in the structure of the Service, yet upholding its key responsibility of managing the per-tertiary education in Ghana.

Thank you.

Minister opens 2015 CHASS Conference

CHASS1Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, the Minister for Education, has assured the leadership and members of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) of government’s determination to ensure high efficiency, effectiveness and quality in management of schools in the country.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, who opened the 53rd Conference of CHASS in Tamale, promised to address the concerns of the feeding grants and the absorbed fees that had been in arrears, noting that it was as a result of the financial challenges affecting the country.

She said as part of introducing innovations into teaching, government has in the past few years embarked on major institutional refresher training for teachers especially those teaching mathematics and science with the hope of improving the performances of students and entreated the heads of the various schools to monitor those teachers for improved performances.

She indicated that because of the high levels of indiscipline in the country’s schools, teenage pregnancy was increasing at an alarming rate and warned teachers who might be perpetrators to such acts to desist before the law dealt with them ruthlessly.

“I recommend swift and fair application of sanctions for such teachers”, she warned.

She said “do not compromise teacher-student relations which will go a long way to break down discipline”.

Prof. Agyemang bemoaned the alarming rate of examination leakages in the country and appealed to parents not to indulge in any examination malpractices saying, “I will not hesitate to recommend cancelation of any exams that is leaked”.

Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Cofie, National President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has appealed to the government to release the two terms feeding grants for schools in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions to enable academic work to progress smoothly.

She said the practice where issues of educational institutions were debated in the media created opportunity for parents and students to lambast head teachers, which makes the public to ridicule them and appealed to the media to be circumspect in discussing educational issues.

The 53rd annual conference, under the theme, “Mitigating the challenges of school administration today-the role stakeholders” is being attended by over 560 heads of second-cycle institutions across the country to review modalities of administering their schools for quality education.

Source: MoE

Global Hand Washing Day – Nayorku

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Integrated Sanitation Hygiene and Nutrition for Education (I-SHINE) project was launched in the district on the 19th of March, 2014. The I-SHINE is a three year project targeting 17,333 people in 23 communities including 16,333 pupils in the West Mamprusi Distirct.

Currently, the project is operating in 18 communities/schools in the distirct in three main areas namely, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Nutrition.

The project which is introduce by Catholic Relief Service works with Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service and the District Assembly to achieve the project goals.

This year’s Global Hand Washing Day was held in Nayorku, a beneficiary community in the West Mamprusi District. In attendance was the district education director for West Mamprusi Hajia Sulemana Mase. In her address, she thanked CRS for the initiative taking to educate and provide measures that will fight the spread of diseases among school children. She encouraged parents, teachers and pupils to always wash their hands with soap after visiting the toilet and when to eat food or cook food. She also made reference to a drama staged by pupils of Nayorku D/A JHS on the need to do away with believes that have no scientific prove but only have negative impact on our lives.

She concluded by calling on the people of Nayorku to see the occasion been organized in their community as a blessing and should not disappoint CRS and the other stakeholders.

 

Computers2Ghana Project

ComputersUnqualified volunteer teachers in rural Northern Ghana teach large classes with virtually no resources, training or pay. Charlotte Cashman (Primary school teacher and VSO Volunteer, Ghana 2009-10) met many of these teachers in the West Mamprusi District and resolved to help. In 2010 she and Michael Stark (Head of a UK Government overseas volunteering project and Trustee of Educators International) brought together staff from the UK Department for Education, the Open University, and Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, West Mamprusi District Director of Education (now Northern Regional Director) and Commonwealth Fellow 2010 at a seminar hosted by DFE in London, and the need was recognised.

In 2012 the DfE started disposing of under-desk computers, as part of a move to cost-effective ‘cloud’ computing. What if some of these computers could be loaded with TESSA materials and sent to Northern Ghana to help the volunteer teachers?

This innovative idea became reality in October 2012. The Computers2Ghana project was initiated with the following objectives

  • To provide Computer Centres in remote communities across West Mamprusi District

  • To train teachers in ICT and basic computer maintenance, and improve the computer skills of other adults in the communities of West Mamprusi

  • To enable more unqualified teachers, especially distance learners, to access TESSA and other modern materials, and to achieve qualified teacher status.

  • To enable teachers to prepare students for the now compulsory Information and Communication Technology  (ICT) curriculum and learn hands-on by using an actual computer

  • To prepare teachers and hence students to become global citizens with access to information and increased job opportunities.

The computers, pre- loaded with TESSA materials, are being branded with a “TESSA INSIDE” sticker which will alert any new user to the fact that the TESSA materials are loaded on the hard drive and they can access them even without using the internet. All other computers in the district will receive this same treatment.

The Project Manager Mashood I. Mahama who double as the I.T officer for West Mamprusi Education Service oversees the distribution and maintenance of these 100 computers. The Ghana Education Service of West Mamprusi is divided into 10 circuit, as a way of bridging the cap and distance pupils and teachers in rural communities or circuits needs to travel in other to get access to computers for ICT lesson, each circuit has been provided with a computer laboratory known as ”Satellite Centre”.

The Satellite Centre is managed by the ICT teacher, head teachers and PTA members. Due to this, students performance have improve in the BECE.

Ghana’s ICT in Education Policy Under Review

it pixThe Minister of Education has met stakeholders to revise and finalise the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy aimed at improving education service delivery and produce workforce for rapid development.

The meeting served as the preparatory ground for bridging the gap between policy and current actual practices in ICT education, which officials say remain a critical requirement in the country’s educational development effort.

The meeting looked at fundamental issues relating to ICT governance, the learning environment, infrastructure and technical support, partner organisations and other critical areas that affect the implementation of the policy.

“The objective is to promote improvement in educational service delivery at all levels and create a generation of computer literate workforce and entrepreneurs that can compete at the global level,” Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education said in a speech read on her behalf on Tuesday

Professor Opoku-Agyemang urged stakeholders to produce a policy document that could stand the test of time and create the necessary and enabling environment that would facilitate the deployment, utilisation and integration of ICT in education at all levels.

She said the policy ought to ensure an alignment between the development of ICT in society, their integration in schools and their pedagogical use.

“The policy must address the critical issues of access, equality and quality in education as well as governance, sustainability, funding and risk management issues among other things,” she said.

Countries have transformed their education systems and fortunes through ICT in education, she said, noting that “Ghana cannot afford to and must not be left out in the benefits that ICT offers in the 21st century.”

“Education is at the centre of it all, and the direction this policy will dictate will make the difference,” she added.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr Enoch Hemans Cobbinah, called on the country’s unemployed graduates to exploit several opportunities ICT offered to create jobs for themselves and others for improved living standard.

He noted that ICT had no geographical limit, a situation which presented enormous potential for people to take advantage of and create employment opportunities.

“There is no need for graduates to join an unemployed graduates association when they can use the opportunities in ICT to generate wealth,” he said.

Source: MoE

Director marks my first day at school in West Mamprusi District

first dayThe Director of Education, Hajia Sulemana Mase, has advised teachers and school administrators to create conducive learning atmosphere to encourage pupils to attend school. She observed that many pupils were reluctant to go to school due to some fears they attached to the school environment.

“Your main job as a teacher is to make your children happy to stay in school”, she stated at this year’s My first day at school visit

and sang a song as a way of welcoming the pupils. Hajia Suleaman Mase gave the advice when she visited some schools in the

West Mamprusi District to mark this year’s “My first day at school”.She explained that many children, after their first day in school,  felt uneasy coming back to the learning facility because of how school authorities and teachers  handled them.

To help address the situation, she directed teachers to engage pupils in activities that would encourage them to come to school

regularly. She suggested the use of local languages at the nursery and lower primary levels as some of the measures that could

be employed to inspire children to stay in school. Pupils given learning materials The director was accompanied by the Deputy

Coordinator for West Mamprusi District and Bayport Finanacial.The pupils were presented biscuits, school uniforms, drinks and

some earning materials.

Source: Westmamprusi.net domain analysis .

Ministry of Education to investigate importation of “China uniforms”

School UniformsThe Ministry of Education has said it would launch an investigation into reports that the free school uniforms being distributed to basic school pupils across the country were being procured from China. According to a Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Ministry has not contracted any Chinese firm to produce the fabrics to be sewn for the purpose of government’s free school uniform intervention. He said, “The Ministry of Education does not buy fabrics. We are not in the business of procuring fabrics. We just award the contract to contractors to procure the fabrics and sew them locally and distribute them to the various districts.” Speaking on Accra-based Radio Gold, Mr Ablakwa explained that if there were any school uniforms from China, it could be that the local contractors procured them from China on their own. The Finder newspaper reported on Tuesday that the Ministry of Education had failed to meet its part of a contractual agreement with Printex Ghana Limited for the production of over 5,000,000 (five million) yards of fabrics for the sewing of school uniforms to be distributed freely to pupils in the basic schools. According to the report, after Printex Ghana Limited delivered the first consignment of over 3,000,000 (three million) yards of the fabric to government; government has failed to take delivery of the second batch. This, the paper said, was affecting the fortunes of the company since it had to invest heavily into retooling and procuring machinery for that purpose. It reported that efforts by Printex Ghana Limited to reach the Ministry of Education over the agreement had proved futile. Ghana maps . However, the Deputy Minister of Education debunked the report saying, “We want to state for the record that the Ministry of Education is not importing fabrics from China. We don’t have an agreement with any Chinese firm or any entity for that matter for buying fabrics.” “We are not importing fabrics from China. As a Ministry, we do not import fabrics,” he said. According to Mr Ablakwa, the Ministry gave the contract to local vendors to source for the fabrics on their own. “We encourage them to buy the fabrics from the local market and we also asked that they sew the fabrics in Ghana so that the local tailors and seamstresses get job to do,” he explained.

 

Utility bills: Okudzeto appeals to students to calm down

AblakwaA deputy minister of Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has urged student leaders in the country to be calm as the government takes steps to resolve an impasse between the students and their institutions over the payment of utility bills.

With the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) disconnecting defaulting educational institutions from the national gird, the administrators of some tertiary institutions have asked their students to pay utility bills to defray their debt.

But the students are up in arms against the decision, vowing not to pay.

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), in a petition Tuesday, expressed concern about attempts by the Vice Chancellors, Ghana (VCG) and the government to compel students to pay utility bills.

The NUGS said making students to pay utility bills was additional financial cost for students, especially for the ordinary Ghanaian student.

The student body, therefore, encouraged VCG to seek ways of making the government to honour a promise to pay utility bills instead of passing them on to the students.

Commenting on the development on Accra-based Radio Gold Wednesday, Mr Ablakwa said the student leaders were right in their assessment that no decision had been taken to compel students to pay utility bills.

According to him, Cabinet’s decision is that education and health institutions are to be exempted from the ongoing ECG disconnection exercise.

He said any disconnection of educational or health institutions by the ECG would contravene Cabinet’s directive, maintaining that Cabinet remains the highest decision making body of the executive wing of government.

Mr Ablakwa said the Chief of Staff would convene a meeting with the student leaders, their schools, the Power Ministry and the ECG to resolve the impasse.

“We are appealing to the student leaders to stay calm. We’ve spoken to them… they should not picket or demonstrate or carry out any of the threats they are putting out,” he said.

The decision for students to pay utility bills came out on March 25, 2015 at a meeting which drew stakeholders in tertiary education to one auditorium at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Leaders of the students and teachers, including those in vocational institutions, administrators, education NGOs, the Energy Commission and Accountant-General’s Department, formed part of the historic decision that took the cost-sharing debate to a new level.

The directive for students of public tertiary institutions to pay utility bills will take effect from the 2016/17 academic year.

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