Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Awusi Atiku is a teacher educator with 22 years of experience in Colleges of Education system in Ghana. She focuses on excellent education delivery, education institutional development, research and publication and community services. She has been in educational leadership in various capacities since the year 2000 and currently serves as the Principal of Dambai College of Education. Additionally, she is the Representative of Principals Conference (PRINCOF) on National Steering Committee of Early Childhood Education Policy Implementation of Ghana Education Service under Ministry of Education; the Secretary of Volta-Oti PRINCOF; and the Patron of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) of the Volta-Oti Sector. She is noted for her pragmatic, result-oriented transformational leadership which she does through stakeholder engagement, collaboration and cooperation with emphasis on inclusivity firmly grounded on communal oriented culture. Dambai College of Education she leads currently is witnessing astronomical transformation in infrastructure provision, staff development and promotion, students innovative services and college community engagement.
Some leadership portfolios she served prior to her appointment as Principal included Vice Principal; Lead in T-TEL College-Based Challenge Fund; Lead in T-TEL College-Based Payment-By-Result Fund; College Policy Development; Chairperson of Professional Development Committee, Academic Planning & Quality Assurance Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Library Committee, Residence & Housing Committee; HoD of Academic Department; Programme Coordinator of UTDBE; HIV / AIDS Education Coordinator, Senior Hall Warden, Hall Warden among others, all at the Colleges of Education system.
Her love for educational development and extension services pulled her into organising voluntary teaching in deprived schools in Central Tongue District of the Volta Region in 2014 which witnessed massive success with 83 Colleges of Education teacher trainees participation for two weeks. Similarly, she served as the Focal Person of Agenda Developers-Peki Education Network (PEN), an NGO into community education improvement in 2018 and 2019.
She has many publications to her honour among which most concentrated on teacher development and educational administration. Her area of specialisation is educational administration, management and leadership. She holds Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Educational Leadership from University of Education, Winneba; Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) Administration in Higher Education; Master of Education (M. Ed.) Educational Administration; and Bachelor of Education, all from the University of Cape Coast. She believes in life-long learning and thus undertook short courses which included ‘Lean Theory’ at the University of St. Andrews and Dundee, Scotland; ‘Online Design, Teaching and Learning’ at the University of Applied Sciences – Digital Society School, Amsterdam; ‘Empowering Principals of Colleges of Education in Ghana for Transformational Leadership -The Ghana / Netherlands Comparative Experience’ at the Netherlands University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands and ‘Teacher Education for Basic Education of African Countries ‘B’ under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the University of Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan. She participated in many regional, national and international workshops / forums to improve her professional delivery capacity. She made presentations in most of those forums.
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Mr. Frank Awuah is an educationist with nineteen (19) years post-certification teaching and administrative experience at the basic, secondary and tertiary levels of education in Ghana. From December 2019 to date he is serving as the substantive Vice Principal of Dambai College of Education. He obtained a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) and Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) degrees in Social Studies from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in 2014 and 2011 respectively. He has completed a doctoral study at the Department of Social Studies Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana and awaiting graduation for a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Social Studies. He qualified as a basic school teacher in 2004 after completing a three-year initial teacher training programme at Dambai Training College (now College of Education), and was awarded a Teachers’ Certificate ‘A’ with distinction in teaching practice by the University of Cape Coast. He had his basic and secondary school education at Senchi Methodist basic schools and Adjena Secondary Technical School respectively in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He was the Head of Department (HoD) for Social Sciences in the College from September 2015 to August, 2017, and also as coordinator of sandwich programmes from May 2019 to December, 2019. He has served as a member of various committees at work places including disciplinary committee, project committee and the Committees of the Academic Board of Dambai College of Education. His research interest areas are educational assessment, teacher education and continuous professional development of teachers. He was part of a team that wrote two training manuals; one, for the training of College of Education tutors to improve their basic school pedagogical skills, and, the other, for improving the mentoring skills of basic school teachers for effective mentoring of student-teachers from Colleges of Education. He is married with three lovely children.