Project information

Brighter Futures Programme in the Central Region

The Brighter Futures programme provides an innovative response to the challenge of providing quality early years education in Ghana. The programme is delivered through Building Better Schools and Transformational teacher Training.

August 2016 - July 2017

Charity information: The Sabre Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    In spite of the government of Ghana’s strong policy commitments to the kindergarten sector, it continues to face challenges of access and quality.
    •25% of 4 and 5 year old children are not attending school
    •Almost half of all kindergarten teachers have never received any formal training
    •There are only enough learning materials for 1 workbook between 3 children
    •41% of schools lack toilets
    •55% of schools have no access to drinking water
    •There are only enough desks and chairs for 50% of pupils


    Sabre’s Brighter Futures programme, provides quality school buildings, transformational teacher training and sustainable classroom resources. The programme has been piloted, refined and replicated and is proving to be a successful programme.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train 54 practising kindergarten teachers


    » Provide intensive training workshops on implementing a child-centred activity based pedagogy
    » Provide coaching and mentoring skills to enable support for student teachers on classroom placements

    A Teacher Monitoring Tool is used to assess teachers skills set throughout the programme.
    A Pupil Achievement Record is used to help assess how well the children are doing.

    Aim 2

    Train 98 student teachers


    » Provide intensive training workshops on implementing a child-centred activity based pedagogy
    » Provide mentoring and support to the students whilst on placement in the classrooms

    Students graduate and will become Newly Qualified Teachers posted to their own classrooms.

    Aim 3

    Build two Safe Sustainable Kindergarten Schools


    » Recruit a team of local labourers in each community
    » Start a 10 month construction programme

    Pupil enrolment and certification of site staff. The schools will be District Model Schools showcasing best practice.

  • Impact


    This project will bring about a long term change in the way kindergarten education is delivered in Ghana, moving from a rote-based style of learning to child-centred and active learning. Evidence from other countries proves that children who access quality early years education achieve higher grades at school and are more productive as adults. We will demonstrate success by monitoring teacher and child performance, using assessment tools developed in partnership with the Ghana Education Service.


    Teachers fail to attend all training sessions. We have ensured that certification of trainees is tied to attendance and there is a zero tolerance policy for unapproved absence. The programme methodology has been adapted following feedback from the pilot to minimise absence.

    Fail to recruit local construction labourers. We offer skills training, paid employment and certification to take onto future livelihood opportunities and consult at length with the community prior to construction.


    Donors to this project will receive regular reports on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans. We also publish social media updates, based on our dedicated programme blogs.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 Teacher Training Delivering training over the year to 54 practising teachers and 98 student teachers
      £16,000 Building Better Schools Building two Safe Sustainable Kindergarten schools
      £8,000 Programme Managment Managing the delivery of the Brighter Futures Programme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £300,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Brighter Futures programme works in two districts in the Central Region, KEEA District and Cape Coast Metro. These communities are rural and coastal, with the main income being from small scale fishing and farming, with the majority of households living at the subsistence level


    From August 2016 to July 2017 - 54 kindergarten teachers and 98 student teachers will be given the skills and confidence to teach in a child centred way. 1,600 four and five year old children will benefit from a quality education, providing a solid foundation by learning through activity and play. At least 20 local craftsman will benefit from learning new sustainable construction technologies which will open up wider livelihood opportunities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sabre is key delivery partner for the Ghana Education Service's Five Year Operational Plan to Scale Up Quality Kindergarten Education. Our programme was recognised by the World Bank’s Early Learning Partnership as a Promising Preschool Practice in Africa. Sabre has since delivered three years of training in the Central Region and completed our first year expansion into the Western Region. We have built 6 schools to date and a further 4 will be completed in 2016.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dominic Bond

    Managing Director, responsible for Brighter Futures programme strategy and ensuring alignment with national plans.

    Billy Abimbilla

    Billy Abimbilla Country Director, responsible for coordinating all Brighter Futures programme activities and liaising with project partners.

    Godwin Agbavor

    Education Programme Manager, responsible for delivery of projects under the Transformational Teacher Training component of Brighter Futures.

    Lisa Rose

    Construction Programme Manager, responsible for delivery of projects under the Building Better Schools component of Brighter Futures.

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