Volta Regional Capital, Ho, known as the “Oxygen City” which is expected to host The Volta Trade and Investment Fair in November this year, 2021, has been chosen to host yet another very important program dubbed “TRANSFORM”.
The TRANSFORM Programme is an innovative learning package that seeks to provide skills, competences and knowledge to administer national social protection floors in Africa. The prime objective of TRANSFORM is to build critical thinking capacities of policy makers and practitioners at national and decentralized levels to improve the design, effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of social protection systems.
It was developed at the request of the Africa union by the United Nations (UN) Agencies, the European Union (EU)-Social Protection Services (SPS) Programme, bilateral agencies with support from African Social Protection Experts’ Group in 2016. It is delivered through adult learning and experiential facilitation methods to assist participants to reflect on their individual and collective roles and experiences in the implementation of non-contributory social protection programmes.
The program which is being implemented by the Ghana Employment and Social Protection project seeks to train ten (10) Ghanaian Candidate Trainers specifically faculty members of the School of Social Work which is under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Department of Social welfare (DSW) with a view of preparing them for certification as TRANSFORM Master Trainers. Speaking to the media, Dr. Prince Boamah Abrah, the Principal of the School indicated that, the training will enable the school to run a certificate course in social protection starting from 2022 using the TRANSFORM SP Learning Curriculum in Ghana.
The aim of the TRANSFORM Training is to equip participants already employed in a training institution, with some level of experience in adult pedagogy and with the competences and motivation to contribute to the further development of the TRANSFORM Social Protection Learning Package.
The eight-day-long training is expected to help participants to:
- understand the rationale and objectives of the TRANSFORM programme and curriculum,
- Be equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources (kit and materials) to run the five day introduction to social protection curriculum,
- Have the opportunity to share ideas and contribute to further development of other modules and training opportunities especially in relation to the SSW Social Protection Curriculum.
- Appreciate the relevance of transformation and leadership to delivering social protection at national and sub-national levels.
The program which is the first of its kind in the country will be facilitated by experts who have competency in the TRANSFORM methodology and with the following capacities: (a) social protection (SP), (b) leadership and transformation as applied in the TRANSFORM curriculum and (c) adult learning.
They shall be undertaking activities such delivery, coaching and provision of feedback to participants, focusing on different aspects of the course.
Adult Learning Methodology Expert, Ms. Kate Blaine from South Africa with relevant academic training as well as extensive experience in professional coaching, training, process facilitation and workshop management for adult learners and professionals including developing educational materials for adult learning, delivering training and coaching adults in leadership and presentation skills is one of the trainers.
From Zambia, is the Social Protection Expert, Ms. Mutale Wakunuma with the requisite academic training and experience in social protection and expertise in developing learning contents. She is expert and a certified TRANSFORM Master Trainer. She is, among other things, expected to participate in preparatory planning and ongoing monitoring activities.
One man who has been in the helm of Social Protection affairs over the years and the Support Master Trainer for the program is Mr. Mawutor Ablo from Ghana. He has the requisite academic training and relevant experience including certification as a TRANSFORM Master Trainer.
Mawutor Ablo is expected to breathe fresh energy into the program as he is currently the Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME) at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in Ghana and He has been working in developing social protection policy and programming since 2006. He was involved in the design, inception and implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the development and establishment of the Ghana National Household Registry and innovations in coordinating social protection efforts.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Ablo spoke extensively about mainstreaming which includes how processes have evolved over the period. He spoke about financing as a key role player in scaling up while using the opportunity to thank donor partners such as the European Union, The World Bank, UNICED and FCDO.
The programme has four Key Results Areas (KRAs), the first of which is to strengthen and make the social protection system of Ghana more effective and efficient in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS). A component of the programme also targets and seeks to support selected training institutions and enhance their contributions to building requisite capacity for social protection in Ghana.