Digital Study Tour on the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning

07/2022 – 09/2022
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
Financing Institution
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

Via its Programme for Sustainable Economic Development, GIZ supports Ghana’s Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET, education authority) in developing and operationalizing the administrative and technical procedures and documentation required to implement a first phase of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL in the Ghanaian context aspires to formally recognize a candidate’s level of skills and competences acquired outside the formal education system – whether these skills have been acquired on the job, through informal training or through practical (life) experience.  

Ghana’s RPL concept has already meaningfully adopted international good practice while being carefully tailored to respond to the unique local environment, capacities and needs. Our task was to deliver to participants tailored international good practice and learning on the very practical aspect of implementation, core aspects being the assessment of evidence for prior knowledge and its benchmarking against competency standards next to quality assurance during roll-out.  

About 100 participants from CTVET and from other organizations, initiatives, projects as well as companies (consultants) were especially interested in questions centered around the production of evidence and how education authorities and providers can facilitate this process, around the assessment of evidence against competency standards, appeal procedures, fees and funding, awareness and ‘marketing’ next to question on how to include disadvantaged groups. 

m4edu helped answer these questions by implementing a series of study tours taking participants to Australia, Scotland and Mauritius. We prepared, organized, implemented, hosted, moderated and comprehensively documented these digital study tours.  

Having fully captured and understood where CTVET currently stands, and which learning goals participants aim to reach m4edu organized and briefed the speakers and coordinated the technical contributions.   

The Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED) in Ghana is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).