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Special Education Teacher

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 1, 2020 - August 4, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Ghana

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

Special needs students in Ghana are marginalized in the education set up. However, the Ghana Special Education program focuses on the Deaf community. Despite a relatively large Deaf population in Ghana, there is still very little awareness about Deaf culture and extremely high levels of stigmatization.

Peace Corps Ghana takes a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach to teaching math, science and art in schools for the deaf. PC/Ghana provides STEAM instruction for mainstream Junior High Schools to create a base through which students can progress in their academic careers and contribute meaningfully to the future of their country. Schools for the Deaf in Ghana often have a shortage of skilled math, deaf art and science teachers which STEAM Volunteers can help fill. In addition, deaf literacy is low among the Ghanaian deaf community, translating into difficulties in successfully teaching content. For this reason, Volunteers will also focus on literacy interventions using the STEAM curriculum to help bridge the literacy gap among the Ghanaian deaf community. Volunteers work with students at the primary and Junior High school levels to introduce critical thinking activities by instructing students in various disciplines. Volunteers also work with students in after school programs, organizing and running clubs, games and sports, as well as extra tuition when necessary to make slow students catch up with the rest of the class.

You will be responsible for teaching the subject assigned to you, developing lesson plans, teaching classes, giving assignments, grading homework and tests, and assisting students outside of class.

Peace Corps Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Special needs students in Ghana are marginalized in the education set up. However, the Ghana Special Education program focuses on the Deaf community. Despite a relatively large Deaf population in Ghana, there is still very little awareness about Deaf culture and extremely high levels of stigmatization.

Peace Corps Ghana takes a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach to teaching math, science and art in schools for the deaf. PC/Ghana provides STEAM instruction for mainstream Junior High Schools to create a base through which students can progress in their academic careers and contribute meaningfully to the future of their country. Schools for the Deaf in Ghana often have a shortage of skilled math, deaf art and science teachers which STEAM Volunteers can help fill. In addition, deaf literacy is low among the Ghanaian deaf community, translating into difficulties in successfully teaching content. For this reason, Volunteers will also focus on literacy interventions using the STEAM curriculum to help bridge the literacy gap among the Ghanaian deaf community. Volunteers work with students at the primary and Junior High school levels to introduce critical thinking activities by instructing students in various disciplines. Volunteers also work with students in after school programs, organizing and running clubs, games and sports, as well as extra tuition when necessary to make slow students catch up with the rest of the class.

You will be responsible for teaching the subject assigned to you, developing lesson plans, teaching classes, giving assignments, grading homework and tests, and assisting students outside of class.

Peace Corps Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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