The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Save the Children has launched a pragmatic teaching system for children at the primary level.
The program is aimed at building the capacity of children in mathematics.
Speaking at the official launch Wednesday, May 28 in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Save the Children’s director of program operations, Mercy Gichuhi, said the program is a pilot project that Save the Children is using to promote literacy and numeracy.
Madam Mercy Gichuhi said “Numeracy boost is one initiative intended for children to acquire skills in Math at early grade. It is to dispel notion that math starts only at higher grade level.”
She added that stakeholders need to make the difference at the early grade level for children; “they will love it, enjoy it and use it.”
According to her, the numeracy program is intended to focus on teachers, materials, the curriculum, and classroom practices that will shift the math teaching at different level for basic education.
She said it also focuses on parents and children, and community participation as the children need not only classroom teaching, but also teaching from parents and community members.
According to her, research has shown that sometimes most people attribute to being a men’s course, leaving out women they think are good at reading courses.
She called on parents and teachers to collaborate and make the one-year program successful.
At the launch, the Math curriculum specialist at the Ministry of Education, Madam Asta Kaba said Gbarpolu, Cape Mount and Bomi counties are the three counties targeted for the program with over 1,500 children expected to benefit in the first year.
According to Madam Kaba, schools in remote areas that are expected to form part of the numeracy boost pilot program including the Todien Public School, Mana Gbokai School and the Gbah Public School in Bomi County as well as Falie Public School, Latia Public School, Bo-Community School and Danielson Public School in Grand Cape Mount County.
The curriculum specialist disclosed that 30 teachers would be trained for the task.