The main focus of AMO Programme is improving on the quality of education by introducing Active Learning Materials (ALMs) for the basic education in Ghana.
AMO stands for ‘Agodi Ma Osuahu’, which is an acronym meaning ‘Playing gives experience’.
It is derived from Twi, one of Ghanaian main languages.
The AMO Programme was founded in 1995 by a Dutch couple who worked and lived in Ghana.
In 2003 the AMO Programme became an independent local NGO. As any other, at that time AMO Programme had its own challenges, struggles and successes like every starting business. The Board of Governors succeeded and established AMO Programme as a leading factor within education.
The Dutch committee who supported AMO in this challenge became in 2006 the ABaCus Foundation. In the years 2006 and 2007 AMO Programme had several projects concerning implementing Active Learning Materials (ALMs) in Ghanaian primary education, supported by some donors. Besides this,
woodworking machines for the workshop were purchased. These projects made AMO flourish for a while. In the year 2008 the production rate decreased, but since 2009 AMO has been making steady progress again towards sustainability.
At the end of 2011 a new project was initiated; the AMO Model School Project, which gave AMO a positive boost. Throughout Ghana, AMO Programme initiated AMO Model Schools for every region. From 2012 onwards coordination of the AMO Programme was done by Hopespring Foundation, headquartered in Accra, up to 2015.
In 2014 AMO Programme got funding to build a complete new Workshop at Abepotia – Nkawkaw.
In 2016 AMO moved from Abetifi, from the hills down to Abepotia, near the highway Accra-Kumasi. From 2017 onwards, Active Learning Materials or AMO Learning Materials (ALMs) are produced in an efficient working environment. From this Headquarter in Abepotia all activities are coordinated.
AMO intends to improve the quality of education by implementing ALMs. Especially for children, experiencing through playing is a good way of learning. Through puzzling, building, identifying, combining, arranging, sorting and playing, children come in contact with the basics of numeracy, literacy, creativity, problem solving and moral values.
AMO has four departments: Production, Training, Research and Marketing. All these functions are practiced, based on the four times ‘local’ principle:
- Local governance: Board and Management consist of Ghanaians
- Local materials: the use of local materials, mainly wood.
- Local people: Ghanaian employees.
- Local products: ALMs fitting within the Ghanaian context.
To improve the quality of education in Ghana, West Africa,by implementing Active Learning Materials (ALMs)into early childhood and primary education.
General speaking Primary Education stands for providing education to young children:
– Kindergarten (KG),
– Lower Primary (LP)
– Upper Primary (UP)
Comparing to other parts of the world, this Primary Education lags behind in the developing countries. The majority of the children therefore miss the chances and opportunities to develop themselves, make choices and create perspective for their future. Education is therefore essential for the development of a country.
A society will be able to change and come to full development, when its members have access to qualitatively good education. To reach this, a country must be able to integrate all educational related factors and aspects into one education policy.
This is not easy for developing countries, where people are confronted with numerous problems to survive on a daily basis. It appears that the confrontation with the daily problems distracts the attention from organizing qualitatively good education for future generations.
The challenge for a developing country is to continuously set the link between the problems with which residents are confronted with and the role that qualitatively good education can provide.
This way everyone may attain recognized and measurable learning outcomes, in particularly regarding reading and writing, counting and arithmetic and essential capabilities for the future. Effective learning results require effective educational systems, broadly trained teachers and applicable educational ALMs.
AMO Programme wants to ensure the quality of education and to guarantee excellence for all.
The AMO Programme is based on the UNESCO Education for All (EFA) movement.
AGODI MA OSUAHU
PLAYING GIVES EXPERIENCE
BE IN TOUCH
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