Local Learning Ecosystems in Ghana

Local Learning Ecosystems in Ghana

Teaching lived experiences in local learning ecoystems in Ghana

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Having worked for over 30 years in poverty alleviation and development programmes across southern Africa, I am presently working with a team of educators and tech trainers, who join me as my co-researchers, in explaining alternate education provision for secondary school students in Ghana. This participatory action research will be conducted by 14 of us from a variety of disciplines, although all teachers at heart, using part Western research methodologies, but mindful of Indigenous research considerations that allow for local community participation, in mother tongue, to collect data and write up their case studies of a teacher's lived experience in classrooms in an African setting. Each case study will highlight a variety of culturally-specific roles and responsibilities within each learning ecosystem, with the intention of exploring actionable community requirements solutions. I believe research that reflects the broad and complex landscape of the African teacher experience needs to be understood before hundreds of millions of dollars is further invested in African education on the basis of research conducted by external interests, with little understanding of education provision at the coalface of classrooms, siloed thinking and individual issue research, with homogenous reform objectives for African education, asif rural people in Mozambique require the same teaching and learning as those in rural Rwanda or rural Ghana.

Education/Academic qualification

Masters in Education Leadership and Management, MA, University of Roehampton

Award Date: 1 Sep 2020

Mass Communication, MA


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Local learning ecosystems
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • participatory action research
  • Classroom lived experience