posted by: RAINS on November 28, 2019

Alhassan Ibn Abubakari Sadik is a classroom teacher of the Tibali Primary School. He has been teaching for 17 years. He had my professional training at the Bagabaga College of Education and the University of Education Winneba where he obtained a diploma and a bachelor’s degree in education respectively. Growing up as a child in his native community, he had always wanted to be a teacher or an Agriculture officer, because people in these professions were highly revered due to their contribution to the lives of people. He selected teaching because of its role and impact in all aspects of life.

“I am passionate about community development and will always take up any role I consider capable of helping me exercise my passion. I served as the Local Assembly representative for my community at the Municipal levels for 4 years. Aside being a classroom teacher, I am also a focal teacher partnering with RAINS to implement the School Gardens Project”.

Alhassan says, “The School Gardens Project has brought about 3 major kinds of changes as far as my community is concerned. The first is in teacher’s capacity to do their teaching more effectively through the use of participatory activities with the school Garden provided; the Second is how the project has improved the participation of parents in school management. The third change is with the children and how they are now understanding what we teach them. I have participated in education related project, but I have seen none earning immediate support from parents and other community members as well as yielding results like this one”. 

School gardening as part of the project was set up in June with the needed support from RAINS. The garden is doing well, and the school has harvested a number of the vegetables cultivated for use both in school and at home. Children have also had the opportunity to use the garden as a teaching method. Lessons in gardens have improved pupils understanding and demystified some subjects and concepts. According to Alhassan, the number of visits and level of supervision from the Circuit Supervisor have increased.

“I think that the coming into existence of the new curriculum has given the project more opportunities than limitations. The use of school gardens is specifically mentioned as a tool for teaching and learning in the new curriculum. It is also calling on teachers to become facilitators and so we should put children at the center of all learning activities. This means that teachers can use more of the RAINS project approaches without fear of GES queries. We have also learnt a lot in the areas of gardening and rearing, we shall in the next season and beyond use the lessons and experiences to guide us.”

Through the School Pedagogy project, RAINS and its partner, AXIS, are seeking to familiarize participatory teaching methodologies in schools to improve teaching and learning in schools, as the new GES curriculum has introduced this school year as well. The key feature of this project is the establishment of school gardens to serve as tools and avenues for teaching and learning. Students manage and care for the gardens, and teachers utilize the gardens as instruments to teach. This project is designed for both students and teachers to create a win-win situation!