Deputy Education Minister promotes play-based learning in Kindergartens

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Deputy Education Minister promotes play-based learning in Kindergartens

The Deputy Minister of Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, has affirmed that the play-based teaching and learning approach in the new educational curriculum is the most effective method for educating kindergarten children.

This approach encourages learning through play, fostering creativity and imagination in young learners, ultimately enhancing their ability to grasp educational concepts.

Reverend Ntim Fordjour's endorsement of play-based education came during his visits to two schools in the Municipality that have implemented this teaching model in their kindergarten classes.

The schools in question are the Obosomase Methodist Basic School and Mamfe Presbyterian Basic School, both located in the Municipality.

Play-based education is a form of competence-based training that leverages indoor and outdoor play and audio-visuals as tools for teaching and learning.

guide and instruct children in these play-based environments to capture their interests, strengths, and abilities, making learning an engaging and enjoyable experience.

The Deputy Minister revealed that the has plans to expand this approach to all kindergartens nationwide.

He stated, “After years of testing, piloting, and replication, plans are being developed to roll out play-based kindergarten training nationally so that every child can receive quality early years education.”

Mr. Fordjour further announced that the ministry would provide training to kindergarten in all 261 districts, ensuring that they are equipped to effectively implement the curriculum.

He also encouraged teachers to maintain a positive approach to managing children's behaviour in the classroom.

Madam Patricia Nyampong, the Early Childhood Coordinator at the Akuapem North Municipal Education Directorate, noted that the play-based teaching approach has significantly improved the learning abilities and outcomes of kindergarten children in the two schools.

She highlighted that the children's eagerness to come to school has been fueled by the prospect of both learning and playing, making education an enjoyable experience for them.

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