As part of efforts to help develop materials in Gurene, based on the new standard curriculum for teaching and learning in the country, a two-week training workshop has been held for the stakeholders in Accra.
Following the approval of Gurene late last year by the Ministry of Education as one of the approved Ghanaian languages,
The ceremony was graced by Mr. Vitus Azeem an anti-corruption campaigner on behalf of Bonaboto National President, Dr. Andrews Akolaa.
He expressed his excitement about the workshop and said that Bonaboto over the years has been supporting the development of the language over the years to ensure that it was part of the curriculum.
“And we are happy that today we are witnessing this event,” he expressed joy. However, he presented an amount of GHS7,500.00 as Bonaboto support for the workshop.
Dr. Samuel A. Atintono, who is the Principal of Accra College of Education as well as the language expert, and coordinator in his welcome address expressed his appreciation to participants, Bonaboto, and Tɛrabuuriyele for their support and for making time to be present at the workshop.
He appealed to the participants to ensure that they produce quality materials for teaching and learning the language.
He further expressed his appreciation to the government for the approval of the language and said that there is a window of hope for the learners of the language in the Bonaboto area to improve learning outcomes at the Basic level.
Shading light on the history of the development of the language, Prof Avea E. Nsoh said that the efforts to develop the language started in the 1920s with one Anthropologist, Captain Rattrary followed by the Catholic church in the 70s notably among them is the late Armand Father Libel who collected folktales which were later transcribed and formed the basis of the oral literature.
Other organizations such as GILLBT, individuals such as Prof Mary Esther Dakubu, Prof. Avea, and his students also supported the development of the language at the University of Education, Winneba in the early 90s till date.
He, however, lamented that efforts over the years to get the approval for the language into the school curriculum were never successful except at the Colleges of Education in 2002. He is, therefore, happy that at long last approval has been granted
He expressed his appreciation to Bonaboto, Tɛrabuuriyele, and all those who supported the development of Gurene to achieve this feat.
He further thanked the government for the approval and urged the participants to work hard to produce excellent materials.
Terabuuriyele a Development Oriented Organization who were present led by the Farefari Chief of Accra, Naba Abelemzie Jibirel Ayamga expressed their excitement about the workshop and said that they were happy that their fight for the inclusion of Gurene in the school curriculum has come to fruition and pledged their support for the development of Farefaris.
Two representatives from NaCCA admonished the participants to ensure that they develop high-quality materials that follow the standard-based curriculum for the appropriate grades or levels. 20 resource persons have been invited to develop the materials.