2012 professional fellows share successes as search for health sector applicants intensifies

10 September 2012

People running Anglican health services can apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s website for a fully funded fellowship study scheme in London before September 21st.

Meanwhile, demonstrating the importance of the scheme, our last round of fellows report on their progress.

Seidu Dauda Adam from Ghana, Rev’d David Agbo from Nigeria, Joe Takeli from Solomon Islands, and Jackie Glasgow-Browne from St Vincent in the Caribbean were the first to take part in the fellowship programme run by the Anglican Alliance and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

Each used the scheme to develop new ideas for delivering education in their home countries. Six months after their return home, they tell us about their progress in bringing their visions to life.

Seidu Dauda Adam from Ghana, who has given a video report on his work, has had huge successes in improving school leadership – restructuring the school inspection process in his diocese, finding funds for training, and sharing his expertise as a group leader in a regional educational review forum.

Seidu also helped the diocese overcome the loss of two Anglican schools in a rainstorm in Tamale, using the experience gathered through the fellowship to put together a successful funding proposal for rebuilding.

Similar rain storms affected Rev’d David Agbo’s diocese in Nigeria, where the education board has created an implementation committee to drive forward David’s proposals for change. David has overseen reforms to focus more on primary education, and the diocese has renovated an old classroom for use as ICT Resource Centre and Centre for Teachers on-the-job training.

Solomon Islander Joe Takeli commissioned a three-month review of the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s education systems, which will result in a five-year development plan setting out the church’s vision and guiding its future work. The province has also secured a deal to upgrade all its primary teachers to diploma level, boosting both the quality of teaching and staff salaries.

The province has also made huge progress in improving its schools’ communication networks. They will soon be installing wireless radios in all schools and the education department now has a Facebook page. Record-keeping systems have been overhauled and paper-based systems have been computerised.

Jackie Glasgow-Browne plans to develop a brand new inspections unit in St Vincent and the Grenadines to promote school improvement and support good teaching and leadership. Her report is coming soon.

Applications are open now for next year’s scheme, which is designed for people who manage church health services in developing Commonwealth countries. Applications need to be made through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website, which also provides more information and guidance for prospective candidates.

Candidates should read the material and then they can start drafting their application.

Applications must to be made by September 21st 2012.