The CAFDIL programme aims at repackaging the formal educational programme for the Basic Schools in Ghana into a distance model that will attract children, especially in the rural areas to go to school.
Reflecting its motto “Reaching Rural Areas with Quality Education, the model essentially entails the transmission of teaching-learning activities based on the Basic School Curriculum in Ghana by Television and DVD gadgets to the pupils in the selected CAFDIL schools. These schools have been equipped with facilities to receive and utilize the well-packaged teaching and learning materials in the classrooms.
The curriculum of the basic schools in Ghana aims at developing the HEAD (Cognitive domain); the HEART (Affective domain); and the HAND (Psycho-motor domain) of the pupils. Formal instruction in the aforementioned domains will enable the child to fit into the society by living a productive life as a good citizen of Ghana.
Key subjects in the curriculum of the Basic Schools include Mathematics, English Language, Vernacular languages, Natural Science, Moral Education, Information in Computer Technology (ICT), Music and Physical Education. The contents of each of the subjects above have been grouped into six levels corresponding to the six grades of primary education from classes one to six. Also the contents have been designed to increase from the simple to the complex from primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, to 6.
The first four subjects above, that is Mathematics, English Fantse and Natural Science, due to their relative importance in the curriculum occupy over 85% of the time allotted on the time table. These four core subjects constitute the focus of the CAFDIL programme at the basic level of education.
It needs mentioning at this stage that the CAFDIL programme is not intended to replace the basic school curriculum but rather to supplement it. To get the supplementary content materials in the four subject areas, CAFDIL has contracted some professors who teach these subjects at the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast to produce the study materials for the pupils. The Faculty of Education has been mandated by the government of Ghana to train professional teachers for all levels of Education in Ghana, namely the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.
The professors, who are currently working under a retired Distance Education expert, have completed the draft copies of the content materials in the four subject areas for the first three years of Basic School Education. In each of the four subjects, the professors have produced a textbook with a workbook and a facilitator’s guide. These study materials are still undergoing pilot testing and fine-tuning.
Below is a synoptic view of the textbook and workbook of the four subjects in focus.
- English Textbook and workbook one:
The contents of the textbook, like the others produced by the writers are strictly in conformity with the National Syllabus for English Language. The primary emphasis is placed on the acquisition of basic language skills of listening and speaking, reading and writing and thereby establishing a strong foundation for proficiency in English.
Section 1 – Units 1 to 4 is based on My School – People in My School, Classroom and Greetings.
Section 2 – Units 5 to 7 is based on people and things in the home, the family and kitchen.
Section 3 – Units 8 to 9 deals domestic animals and animals in the bush.
Section 4 – Units 10 to 11 is based on health with emphasis on malaria and its prevention.
Section 5 – Units 12 to 13 describes the environment and how it should be protected.
Section 6 – Units 14 to 17 covers eating good food to grow, keeping personal hygiene and taking care of our properties.
Section 7 – Units 18 to 19 talks about respect for our elders and patriotism.
Section 8 – Units 20 – 24 stresses on basic cultural values such as caring for each other, sharing with other people and living an honest life.
Units in each of the sections above include topics on conversation, listening to poems and songs, storytelling, talking about people and their actions, giving and responding to instructions, vocabulary building and comprehension. Each unit contains pre-reading activities all aimed at laying solid foundation to use the English language.
The workbook has been designed to give the pupils the opportunity to build and use the vocabulary gained in speaking, drama and writing. The writers have also produced the facilitators guide to aid the teachers using both the textbook and workbook effectively in the classroom to enhance the learning of English Language,
The Writers of the English Textbook, Workbook and Facilitator’s Guide are: Dr. Rev. Philip Gbosong; Dr. (Mrs.) Kafui Etsey and Ms. Margaret Adjavor.