PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDELINES TO MEET THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF THE CHURCH

BACKGROUND

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana recognizes the positive role education plays in the realization of the spiritual, physical and economic potential of the individual in the society.

As such, education focuses on the development of the head, heart and hands – a holistic approach.

The guidelines below indicate structures at the various courts of the church to meet educational needs.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Congregational level : CONGREGATIONAL COMMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

i Formal Education

ii Non Formal

Functions

The Committee will:-

• Liaise with Session to address educational issues in all groups. (Generational and Service groups).

• Advocate and determine scholarship scheme for bright but needy children.

• Plan and play active role during Education Week celebration.

• Embark on Campus Ministry.

• Organize literacy classes, and any other training needs.

Membership

(i) One Educationist

(ii) One Adult Educator

(iii) One officer in charge of Non-Formal Education

(iv) One Representative of Local PCG Committee on Christian Education

(v) Head teacher of the Basic Local school

(vi) One member appointed by the local session

(vii) Local Manager of Schools

(viii) One representative of P.T.A.

District Level : DISTRICT COMMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Two committees operate at the District Level

1. Committee on Basic, Secondary/Voc/Tech Education(Formal Education) Membership

(i) A representative ( one each for Presbyterian Secondary/ Basic

school/Technical/vocational Institutes

(ii) District Minister as Local manager

(iii) One Representative of District Education Directorate

(iv) One Representative of District Assembly

(v) One Member ( with relevant background ) appointed by the District session Council

2. Committee on Non- Formal Education Membership

(i) One Educationist

(ii) One Adult Educator

(iii) One Representative of District Directorate of Non-Formal Education

(iv) One Representative of PCG District committee on Christian Education

(v) One expert in Linguistics

(vi) One Member appointed by District session council 3

Presbyterian Level

Three main committees operate at the presbytery Level

1. Committee on Basic, Secondary Education Membership

(i) One Head of Presbyterian Secondary School ( or Basic School where is a Senior Secondary School )

(ii) One Regional Manager

(iii) One Representative of Regional / District Education Directorate

(iv) One District minister ( on rotation )

(v) One Educationist with Tertiary Education background

(vi) One member appointed by the presbytery Council

2. Committee on Technical on Vocational Education Membership

(i) A head of Presbyterian Technical / vocational Institution

(ii) Representative of Public/ Government Technical/ Vocational institution ( in the Region or District)

(iii) One Presbytery Council Representative with Management and finance background

(iv) A graduate in technical/vocational institution in self-employment

(v) A representative from Entrepreneurship Training Institution

3. Committee on Non- Formal Education Membership

(i) One Educationist

(ii) One Adult Educator

(iii) One Representative of the Non-Formal Education Directorate

(iv) One Representative of Presbytery Committee on Christian Education

(v) One expert in Linguistics 4

(vi) One Member appointed by presbytery Council

4. National Level

(i) Committee on Basic & Secondary Education

Membership

(i) One head of Presbyterian Secondary schools

(ii) One Regional Manager

(iii) Chairperson-Presbyterian Education foundation

(iv) One Chairperson of presbytery ( on Rotation )

(v) One Representative of Committee on tertiary Education

(vi) Two members appointed by the General Assembly Council

Functions

(i) Ensure the implementation of procedures laid down by the Ghana Education Service and liaise between the Ghana Education Service;

(ii) Recommend for appointment the heads of Presbyterian Senior secondary Schools and Regional Managers;

(iii) Encourage and help Teachers in Presbyterian Educational Institutions; (iv) Advise the Church on transfers and postings of Teacher – Ministers and facilitate their engagement with the Ghana Education Service. (v) Ensure that biblical teaching, Christian discipline and moral character training are adequately catered for in Presbyterian Educational Institutions;

(vi) Ensure representation of the Church on the Board of Governor of all Presbyterian Secondary Schools;

(vii) Interpret the Educational policy of the Government to the church and advise on how best to implement it;

(viii) Promote effective the efficient teaching and learning through monitoring, supervision and evaluation;

(ix) Facilitate appropriate and effective generation and administration of resources for the institutions;

(x) Recommend appropriate Education Policy for the church

(xi) Review reports from institutions and produce summaries for submission to the General assembly

(ii) Committee on Technical and Vocational Education Membership

(i) A Head of Presbyterian Technical/ Vocational institution

(ii) Representative of public/ Government Technical/Vocational Education

(iii) Two General Assembly Representative, one with

Technical/vocational vocational Education Background, and the other with Management and Finance background

(iv) A graduate of Technical/vocational institution in self-employment

(v) A representative from Entrepreneurship Training Institution

(vi) Representative of National council for technical and vocational Education and Training.(NCTVET)

Functions

(i) Advice the church on the overall policy for the running of PCG Technical/Vocational institutions i.e. the mobilization, allocation and management of resources and creation of new Technical/Vocational institutions.

(ii) Ensure that PCG Technical/ Vocational Institutions are effective in the delivery of services to the target beneficiaries.

(iii) Recommend for appointment Heads of PCG Technical/Vocational institutions

(iv) Ensure representation of the Church on the Board of Governors of all Presbyterian Technical/Vocational institutions

(v) Facilitate internship programmes that will improve the competencies of graduates of PCG Technical/Vocational institutions and make them employable

(vi) Embark on advocacy programmes that will enhance the the overall image of Technical/Vocational education in the church and the larger community

(vii) Promote Technical and Vocational Skills in PCG congregations

(viii) Promote Entrepreneurship Training in PCG Technical/Vocational institutions.

(ix) Review reports from institutions and produce summaries for submission to General Assembly

(iii) Tertiary Level

Membership

(i) The Principal of Presbyterian University college

(ii) One Representative of Heads of Presbyterian Church of Ghana Teacher Training Colleges

(iii) Rector of Akrofi Christaller Memorial Institute.

(iv) A Senior Lecturer of PCG at Trinity Theological Seminary

(v) One Member with legal background appointed by General Assembly (vi) One Member with Management background appointed by General (vii) One industrialist appointed by General Assembly Functions