Our Work

Transforming Senior High School Education, Teaching and Learning (T-SHEL) Project

  • Project Amount

    $15.6 million
    (source: Mastercard Foundation)

  • Project Duration

    Phase 1 : Feb 2021 to Jan 2023
    Phase 2: Feb 2023 to Jan 2027

  • Partners

    Mastercard Foundation, Government of Ghana

Transforming Senior High School Education, Teaching and Learning (T-SHEL), is a Government of Ghana programme implemented in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

The programme aims to achieve an extensive and sustainable transformation in the quality and relevance of Ghana’s Senior High School (SHS) system. T-SHEL seeks to ensure that every SHS graduate in Ghana is equipped with the subject knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills and attitudes needed to progress to further studies or successfully enter the world of work. It will also contribute to the ‘Train’ and ‘Lead’ pillars of the Mastercard Foundation’s ‘Leaders in Teaching’ initiative.

This transformation will reinforce the positive changes in access brought about through the introduction of the Free SHS programme in 2017.

T-SHEL’s programme of transformational change is divided into two phases. Phase One will focus on developing and articulating the nation’s vision for secondary education and putting in place the necessary policies, curricula and other preparatory activities across national agencies, universities, sub-national education offices and Senior High Schools. This Phase will operate between February 2021 and January 2023. Phase Two will see the national roll-out and implementation of agreed policies and curricula to achieve this transformation. This phase is expected to operate between February 2023 and January 2027.

By the end of Phase One T-SHEL will have:

  • Overseen the development of cabinet-approved Secondary Education Policy that provides clarity and a roadmap for Ghana’s SHS reforms.
  • Seen the first batch of 10,000 newly qualified and trained B.Ed. teachers for Junior High School (JHS) graduate from Colleges of Education (CoEs) affiliated to 5 public teaching universities.
  • Helped to ensure that 1,900 teacher educators in CoEs and universities have enhanced skills in delivering B.Ed. curricula.
  • Developed a standards-based common core curriculum for JHS and SHS which will develop the skills and competencies which young Ghanaians need to progress to further education or into the world of work.
  • Supported 5 universities to complete approved curricula for pre-service training in core SHS subjects.
  • Commenced Leadership for Learning training and support for 700 SHS boards and senior management teams.

T-SHEL is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, national regulatory agencies and five public teaching universities.