Projecting Rural food processing industries with a touch of ICT

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A group of students were taken to a local food processing site where cassava is processed into a local food called ‘Gari’ to observe some of the processes that go on there. They also had a hands-on practice on some of the processing techniques at the processing site. They were also asked to develop strategies to help the rural / local folks to package and market their products to attract more customers. The students were also assigned roles to develop ways of helping them to ensure proper records keeping in order to maximize profit. Find other great lessons like this one on the Partners in Learning Network (Africa): http://africa.partnersinlearningnetwork.com

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Projecting Rural food processing industries with a touch of ICT

  1. 1. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info Learning Areas Levels Objectives Software Description Home Economics, Visual and General Arts Senior High School III (17 – 18years) The objectives of this project are to expose the students to some of the food processing techniques used by some of the local food processing industries and to find ways of helping the local industries maximize profit through quality packaging, developing marketing strategies for their products and proper records keeping with a touch of ICT A group of students were taken to a local food processing site where cassava is processed into a local food called ‘Gari’ to observe some of the processes that go on there. They also had a hands-on practice on some of the processing techniques at the processing site. They were also asked to develop strategies to help the rural / local folks to package and market their products to attract more customers. The students were also assigned roles to develop ways of helping them to ensure proper records keeping in order to maximize profit. Samuel Avornyo, Mabang Senior High Technical School, Tepa-Ashanti, Ghana, solar802000@yahoo.com , samaovor@teachgh.com MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Publisher, MS Research Auto Collage, etc Food Processing, Rural Communities, GariKeywords Author
  2. 2. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info Documents Background & Planning: ”Where are you going?” I asked. ”I am going home for my school fees”, he answered. ”Why?” I asked. ”My parents said they don’t have money” He said. ”Are your parents not working?” I continued to ask. He finally said ”They are only involved in some common business of ’Gari’ (A local food made from cassava) toasting.....”. This is an usual conversation that ensues between me and most students who are asked to go home very often for thier school fees. Most of these students come from rural communities in and around the school community where there are sometimes no access roads and getting there is usually by foot. For the past three years, I have been grappling with the question ”Why is it that parents of these children are working alright but the problem of poverty still persists and that they are not able to sponsor their children’s education?” Based on this question, i decided to take a trip to one of such communities and what ensued there out of the interaction I had with some parents and other members in the community informed the carrying out of this project. For details of this project, contact the embedded word documents Background and Planning Classroom Images
  3. 3. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info Documents Click the documents below to view the teaching resources used in this project: Teaching Resources Teaching Resources used: 1.The Republic Of Ghana Agri-Based Rural Enterprises Project Appraisal Report, 2002 - Agricultural & Rural Development Department (OCAR) 2.Job Scheduling in a Small Scale Gari Processing Firm in Nigeria - A.E. Oluleye, E. Oyetunji, Ladi Ogunwolu, and S.A. Oke 3.Determinants Of Technical Efficiency In Gari Processing In Delta State Nigeria - C. O. Chukwuji, O. E. Inoni and P. C. Ike 4.Four Reasons Why Small Businesses Succeed (or Fail) - Robert A. Normand 5.Tips on Financial Management - divorce.co.uk All the teaching resources in the form of PowerPoint presentations used were used unedited with their authors properly acknowledged on the first slides of the presentations. Ghana Agri-business report,2002 Job Scheduling in Gari Industry gari Reasons for successful biz Financial Management Starting SME's
  4. 4. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info Work Samples, Teacher and Learner Reflection Click the documents below to see work samples and reflections from the teachers and learners: Learner Work Samples: Examples of student work generated through participation in this learning project. Teacher Reflection: Thoughts and reflective comments from the teachers involved, including advice for future implementations. Learner Perspective: Comments on how the learners perceived the learning that occurred. Teacher ReflectionStudent Perspective Documents Quetionaire by Researchers and Planners RESEARCH RESULTS PRODUCT LABLS GARI INVOICE Financial Records SheetManaging Small Businesses
  5. 5. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info Assessment and Standards Mapping the Standards Authentic Assessment Click the documents below to see the assessment rubrics and standards cover in this learning project: Assessment Rubrics: Examples of assessment rubrics provided to students showing how the project was assessed. Mapping the Standards: Mapping this project’s learning objectives against curriculum standards. National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS): Performance indicators for technology-literate students. Documents Technology Standards
  6. 6. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info School Information: Mabang Senior High Technical School (MASTECH) is a small rural school situated in the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana about 55km away from Kumasi (The Garden City of Ghana). The school started in 1987 as an Experimental Junior Secondary School and was later converted to a Senior Secondary School in 1991. The school was once adjudged the Best Agriculture School in 1997. The school was first introduced to ICT in the year 2005 though it has not taken part in any international program due to infrastructural challenges like internet facilities, etc. Author Information: I am Samuel Avornyo, a 29year-old Educationist who has worked as a teacher for nine (9) years now. I have been in Mabang Senior High Technical School since 2007. I graduated from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education). Currently I am the School’s Head of ICT Department and also double as a Housemaster in the school. I am also a member of the District ICT Teachers Support Team for the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. I was recently adjudged the 2nd Runner Up in the 2009 National Best Teacher Award Competition in ‘the Innovative Use of ICT in Education Category’.
  7. 7. Project Overview Teacher Planning Teaching Resources Work Samples & Reflection Assessment & Standards Teacher/School Info School Information: Mabang Senior High Technical School (MASTECH) is a small rural school situated in the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana about 55km away from Kumasi (The Garden City of Ghana). The school started in 1987 as an Experimental Junior Secondary School and was later converted to a Senior Secondary School in 1991. The school was once adjudged the Best Agriculture School in 1997. The school was first introduced to ICT in the year 2005 though it has not taken part in any international program due to infrastructural challenges like internet facilities, etc. Author Information: I am Samuel Avornyo, a 29year-old Educationist who has worked as a teacher for nine (9) years now. I have been in Mabang Senior High Technical School since 2007. I graduated from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education). Currently I am the School’s Head of ICT Department and also double as a Housemaster in the school. I am also a member of the District ICT Teachers Support Team for the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. I was recently adjudged the 2nd Runner Up in the 2009 National Best Teacher Award Competition in ‘the Innovative Use of ICT in Education Category’.

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