The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is a Teacher Education University located at Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana.
The University has produced so many solid alumni who are making an impact in various aspects of the Ghanaian Economy.
This article is taking a look at some notable alumni of the university who have making an impact for the past five years and have been recorded in 2023 and beyond.
Top 6 Notable Alumnus of UEW making Impact in Ghana for 2023
Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah (MP)
An alumnus of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), is spearheading Ghana’s educational transformation agenda.
During the 2020 election, he was elected Member of Parliament of the Kwesimintim Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Western Region.
He is currently a member of three committees in parliament namely;
|Subsidiary Legislation Committee
Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah has shown a thorough understanding of the Ghanaian educational system, and articulated and offered very insightful contributions to addressing the inherent challenges there are, towards fulfilling the transformation agenda.
His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, realising the critical role of education in achieving the national development agenda, initiated bold educational reforms, and tasked NaCCA to aggressively fashion out a new curriculum that would prepare young Ghanaian citizens for personal, national and global challenges inherent in the fast-evolving world.
The old curriculum was fraught with inherent challenges which heralded perennial poor learning outcomes, and the inability to fully integrate students into the world of work and to contribute meaningfully towards impacting national development and society in general.
Ghana’s dream of revolutionalising its education to give her young people a fighting chance in the new global economy took a major step when NaCCA handed over the newly revised curriculum to the Ghana Education Service (GES) in April 2019, to replace the curriculum which had not seen any change in 12 years.
Having delivered on fashioning out this robust curriculum, NaCCA is currently working very closely with teachers, especially, those who are key to the process, as well as with school heads and administrators under the auspices of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that the common objectives of the curriculum are achieved at the implementation stage.
NaCCA and the GES are working closely to ensure a smooth nationwide roll-out of the new curriculum at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year at the kindergarten (KG) and primary school levels.
Earlier, a core of 150 master trainers had been recruited and trained by the NaCCA. The aim was for the master trainers to also train 3,900 regional trainers who in turn are administering curriculum training to clusters of KG and primary school teachers across the country.
Dr Prince Hamidu Armah is also a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics Education, University of Education, Winneba (UEW). He holds B. Ed (Hon) and M. Ed in Mathematics from UEW.
Dr. Armah holds a PhD degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Aberdeen, the UK with a specialisation in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Educational Policy.
His scholarship revolves around intersections of education policy and practice, focusing on inequities in students’ educational outcomes and the policies and practices that shape those outcomes.
He has extensive expertise in quantitative methods and data analysis, having been trained at the Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) of the Universities of Nottingham, Edinburgh and Manchester with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom.
There, he specialised in applying quantitative methods to the examination of issues in curriculum standard-setting and maintenance as well as the design and awarding of national curriculum tests.
He is an education and research consultant with over seventeen years of teaching, research and policy engagement experience from both the United Kingdom and Ghana contexts.
Following a stellar career in teaching and research, he established one of Ghana’s most influential education policy and research think tanks, the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST). Dr. Armah also founded Greenfield Education Group (GEG), a development consultancy firm focused specifically on guiding clients to solve complex education sector challenges. Between 2013 and 2018, he led both organisations, exercising overall responsibility for their full operations and management.
He has a demonstrable understanding of Ghana’s education reforms and has both theoretical and practical skills in project management and public finance management. As a very active player in the educational sector both locally and internationally, Dr. Armah has participated in several national and international education conferences and summits. He is currently the Co-Chair of the African Curriculum Association (ACA) headquartered in Uganda and Chair of ACA’s publications committee.
Dr Armah’s strong national and international work profile is based on excellence in the delivery of high-profile and high-impact assignments. He previously served as a member of the Technical Team of the Ministry of Education that led the development and finalisation of Ghana’s Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2018-2030 and its associated Medium-Term Development Plan 2018-2021, as well as the Cost and Finance Report.
He has previously consulted for several national and international organizations including the World Bank, USAID, UKAID/DFID, UN Education Commission, Open University (UK), Oxford Policy Management (UK), PricewaterhouseCoopers (Ghana) Ltd, and the MoE/GES, among others. Through these and other projects, he has made tremendous and far-reaching contributions to national and international developments in various ways, particularly in the area of human capital development.
He has been widely published in the Ghanaian and international media for his insightful policy suggestions and opinions for improving Ghana’s education system and has over 40 written publications including policy documents, reports, speeches, conference presentations, peer and non-peer reviewed papers on a range of educational and research issues in Ghana.
Dr. Armah is a member of several prestigious international organisations including the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) the UK, the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) UK, and the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMEN) UK.
2. Professor, Charles Owu-Ewie
Associate Professor, Charles Owu-Ewie, has been appointed as Reviewer of the Bilingual Research Journal, Taylor & Francis, USA and Book Proposal Reviewer on Second Language Acquisition Research also by Taylor & Francis, USA. The Taylor & Francis Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, textbooks and reference works.
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie, an experienced Reviewer, also serves as a reviewer for the following esteemed journals:
- RUND Journal of Psychology and Pedagogy, University of Russia, Moscow
- Journal of Asian and African Studies: SAGE Publication Inc;
- Ghana Studies Journal, University of Wisconsin, USA;
- South African Journal of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Legon Journal of Humanities, College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Legon;
- American Research Journal of Humanities & Social Science (ARJHSS), USA.
- Journal of Language and Education (jle)
- Journal of African Cultures and Languages, University of Education, Winneba
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie is a Fulbright Scholar and an American-trained educationist from Ohio University, Athens, United States of America (USA) with vast experience in Language and Education (First and Second Language Teaching, Language materials development, Language planning and language policy of education, Bilingual education, Curriculum development).
The astute professor started his initial degree education at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), where he graduated as a first-class student with a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.), Akan, in 1997. He proceeded to Ohio University, Athens, USA, where he earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 2003. His academic adventures at Ohio University, Athens, USA, further led to his obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Teacher Education (Curriculum and Instruction) in 2008.
As a multiple award winner, Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie has won among others, the Best Student Award, School of Ghana Languages, Ajumako, in 1992; Fulbright Scholarship, IIE, USA, in 2001; African Language Teaching Fellow, African Studies, Ohio University, Athens in 2006; Award for Program Technical Advisor (PTA) for Teaching and Learning Material Programme/Ghana in 2014 and Award for participation in International Seminar on Curriculum Development at Ahron Ofri International Training Center, Israel, in 2015.
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie has made a remarkable impact in his chosen field of education, serving as an external assessor at various times to the Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Legon, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast and the Department of Modern Languages, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie has been involved in scores of very important national and international projects. The notable ones include Team Lead, Development of Ghanaian Language Curriculum for Primary Schools (KG1 – BASIC 3). Ministry of Education, Ghana, in 2019; Lead, Language and Literacy – Curriculum Development for Colleges of Education in Ghana. Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), Ghana, in 2018; Lead, Language and Literacy – The National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework: The Essential Elements of Initial Teacher Education, Ministry of Education/T-TEL, in 2018 and Technical Advisor – Framework for developing KG to P3 Supplementary Readers in the Ghana, CRDD/UNICEF Project, in 2016.
He has also consulted for a USAID-University of Chicago and Harvard University, Cambridge programmes. He was the Programme Technical Advisor for NALAP/TLMP, a USAID-University of Chicago Programme, Accra, in 2012. He is a Member of, National Literacy Advisory Committee, Ghana Education Service/Learning USAID Project, Accra since 2016 and Principal Validator – of Complementary Basic Education Literacy and Numeracy materials, Plan International, Accra, in 2017. In 2008, he served as Programme Coordinator/Preceptor, Development of Harvard African Languages Teaching and Learning Materials Series, African and African-American Studies Department, Harvard University, Cambridge.
His astute contribution to the field of education and enormous experience has earned him major roles on important National Committees and Boards. Prominent among these committees and Boards are Steering Committee Member – Teacher Education Curriculum Review Committee, T-TEL, Ghana, in 2016; Technical Committee Member – Development of National Curriculum Framework for Initial Teacher Training in Ghana, T-TEL, Accra-Ghana, in 2016, Member – P1-3 Syllabus Review Advisory Committee, National Council Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and Curriculum Research Development Division (CRDD), Ghana-Accra, in 2016; Member – National Accreditation Board, Accra-Ghana, 2016;
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie has facilitated numerous workshops for the Ministry of Education, Accra, USAID, Accra, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of technology, Kumasi, Ghana, CRDD-GES, Accra, Institute for Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development (ITECPD) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and several other Faculties and Departments at UEW. He also has to his credit, over 40 conference and seminar presentations.
Prof. Owu-Ewie, has published widely in highly reputable refereed journals locally and internationally. He has over 25 articles, 18 manuals and technical documents, and three books. Some of his recent books are Introduction to language teaching: A resource for language teachers in 2018, Introduction to traditional and action research (revised edition) also in 2017.
Prof. Charles Owu-Ewie is married with five (5) children.
Associate Professor, George Kankam, Dean of School of Graduate Studies, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has been appointed to lead the Governing Council of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) to pioneer change in energy, environment and technology towards Ghana’s drive at sustainable development.
Prof. George Kankam is a British Council Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and a British-trained educationist from the Universities of Hull and Sussex with extensive experience and expertise in General Education, Teacher Education and Guidance and Counselling.
Prof. George Kankam, was educated at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where he obtained B.A (Hons) in History and Diploma in Education in 1987. He subsequently served as a Teaching Assistant and later as a Graduate Assistant at the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast from 1987 to 1990.
He holds a PhD. degree in Teacher Education from the University of Hull, UK . Before then, he had obtained a Master of Philosophy Degree in Guidance and Counselling from University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teacher Education from University of Sussex, U.K. He taught as a Tutor at Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast from 1989 to 1993.
Prof. Kankam’s immense scholarship has won him several positions and led him to serve on numerous committees at the University of Education, Winneba. He was the Head of Department, Psychology and Education from September 1998 to August 2001; the Deputy Director, Institute for Distance and e-Learning (then Institute for Educational Development and Extension) from September 2007 – 2008; Director, Counselling Centre from September, 2008 – August 2010; Director, Centre for Educational Policy Studies from September 2010 – August 2014; Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies from September 2014 – August 2015; Acting Principal, College of Languages Education from September 2015 – September 2016.
Prof. Kankam was a Member of the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba as a Convocation Representative from September 2012 to September 2016.
Prof. Kankam has been extensively involved in designing and organising In-Service Education and Training programmes (INSET) for Basic School Teachers, Tutors of Senior High Schools and Tutors of Colleges of Education in Ghana. He has also been involved in organising training workshop for Lecturers of the University of Ghana, Legon, the Ghana Medical School as well as members of the West African Health Organization (WAHO). Prof. Kankam designed the IN-IN-Out Teacher Education Programme for the Colleges of Education in Ghana.
His industry, meticulous work, and worth of experience in the educational field earned him a place as a Board Member of the National Teaching Council and the Ghana Government Nominee on the West African Examinations Council.
Prof. Kankam has consulted for several local and international educational projects. He was appointed as a Consultant for the development of the National Teachers’ Standards for Pre-service and In-service Teachers at the Pre-Tertiary level in Ghana.
The erudite Professor was the Lead Curriculum Co-ordinator for the four universities (University of Education, Winneba, University of Ghana, Legon, University for Development Studies and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology), that developed the New Teacher Education Curricula for the Colleges of Education in Ghana.
He has also been doing consultancy work for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), Ghana and the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), Ghana.
Prof. George Kankam has published extensively in reputable refereed journals locally and internationally. Some of his recent books are: A Guide to Action Research for Colleges of Education and Universities; Multigrade Teaching for Primary School Teachers in Ghana; Action Research (Distance Education Material) written for Institute for Distance and e-Learning (IDeL); and Principles and Practice of Guidance and Counselling.
Prof. Kankam is married with children.
4. Professor Dominic Kwaku Danso Mensah
The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) at its meeting held on Monday, 27th July, 2020 appointed Associate Professor Dominic Kwaku Danso Mensah as Principal of the College of Languages Education, Ajumako. The appointment, which is for a four-year term, takes effect from 1st October, 2020.
Prof. Dominic Kwaku Danso Mensah is an Educationist from the University of East Anglia in the UK. Until his appointment as Principal, he has been the Director of the Institute of Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) nurturing the activities of 15 Colleges of Education affiliated to UEW, managing the implementation of the new B.Ed Curriculum and UEW Student Internship Programme.
Prof. Danso Mensah attended Chirapatere RC Primary and Kumasi High Schools where he obtained his Basic Education, GCE Ordinary and Advanced levels respectively. He proceeded to the University of Cape Coast (UCC) where he graduated with Honours Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in French in 1994.
After teaching French for five years both at the Basic and Secondary levels at Pentecost Preparatory School and Sekondi College, he obtained an M. Phil Degree in Basic Education also at UCC. He later gained admission to University of East Anglia to read his Ph.D in Education with specialty in Educational Administration and Management in 2007.
In 2009, Prof. Dominic Kwaku Danso Mensah returned to Ghana to take an appointment with the University of Education Winneba, specifically, in the Department of Basic Education. At UEW, he has held many positions.
These include: Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of Basic Education; Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of Educational Administration and Management; Head of Department of Educational Administration and Management, Vice-Dean of Student Affairs and acted as a Dean of Student Affairs.
He has also served on a number of University-wide Boards and Committees such as Academic Board, Graduate Board, Academic Planning Committee, Scholarship and Conferences Committee, Joint Admissions Board, Faculty of Educational Studies Board, Professional Board (ITECPD) and Chairman of Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Committee. Prof. Dominic Kwaku Danso Mensah was nominated by the Vice-Chancellor to contest the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor in 2019.
By dint of his hard work, Prof. Danso Mensah has had the honour of being appointed by the President of the Republic of Ghana to serve as Council Chairman of Fosu College of Education. He also serves on OLA College of Education Council as the National Representative of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).
In addition, he is a member of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) as well as the National Implementation Support Team (NIST) overseeing the effective execution of the new 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme across all Colleges, and the smooth affiliation of the forty-six (46) Colleges of Education (CoEs) to five selected public universities in Ghana.
Prof. Danso Mensah has authored and co-authored over forty (40) scholarly works in international and local peer-reviewed journals and contributed to knowledge in his area of specialization. He is married with six (6) wonderful children.
5. Prof. Ruby Hanson
The Dean, Faculty of Science Education (FSE) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof. Ruby Hanson, has won the Best Full Paper award at the 2019 Canada International Conference on Education (CICE).
The conference which took place from Monday, 24th June to Thursday, 27th June, 2019 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, sought to promote collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals in Education and was attended by over 200 participants.
CICE is an internationally acclaimed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interest to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research and the evolution of pedagogy.
As part of the participation requirements, research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation are invited. All the accepted papers then appear in the proceedings and modified versions of selected papers are published in special issues peer reviewed journals.
Prof. Ruby Hanson who presented a paper on the topic “An lluminative Evaluation of the Impact of Two-tier Diagnostic Instruments on Undergraduate Chemistry Teacher Trainees’ Conception,” was selected as the Best Full Paper award winner after the conference.
Congratulating Prof. Ruby Hanson on her nomination, the CICE-2019 Steering Committee Chair, Prof. Charles Shoniregun stated “on behalf of the CICE-2019, we would like to thank you for your participation. Your contribution is well-appreciated and we hope that the CICE-2019 gave you the exposure and the opportunity to meet other leading researchers from various countries; a big congratulations to our Best Paper, Best Extended Abstract and Best Poster award winners”.
According to Prof. Shoniregun, Prof. Ruby Hanson of UEW won the Best Full Paper award while the Extended Abstract award was presented to two authors namely Hanin Alahmadi and Sirous Tabrizi both from University of Windsor, Canada. Their abstract was on the topic “School Budgeting Process: The Way Toward Effective Budget Allocation and Spending”. The Poster award went to Chian Hwey Miin of Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Chemical and Life Sciences, Singapore. The awardee wrote on the topic “Targeting Misconceptions: Socratic Questioning in Chemical Engineering”.
In an interview with Prof. Ruby Hanson, she expressed excitement about her nomination. “I knew I had worked very hard; I always try to achieve the best but then it came as a surprise that mine should be noted as the best. The nomination alone makes me excited.”
She encouraged her colleagues not to give up writing articles and journals.
Brief Profile of Prof. Ruby Hanson
Ruby Hanson is an Associate Professor of Chemistry Education and the Dean of the Faculty of Science Education in the University of Education, Winneba – the leading teacher education institute in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Ruby Hanson obtained her Ph.D (Chemistry Education) from the University of Education. She holds an M.Phil (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry) from the University of Cape Coast, where she carried out research in chemical toxicology. She also holds a Certificate degree in Designing & Facilitating E-Learning from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, as well as certificates from the Utrecht and Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands in Development and Research in Science and Mathematics Education. She heads a Science Team that is spearheading a revolutionary national curriculum transformation.
Ruby Hanson’s current researches focus on finding out students’ conceptual challenges and remediating them through innovative and interactive strategies. Development of e-courseware, the use of micro science equipment for conceptual labs, and the preparation of pre-service science teachers for teaching are her current projects.
Professor Ruby Hanson is a recipient of a District Best Teacher Award as well as many other awards at both local and international conferences and workshops where she has made scholarly presentations.
She is a member of many international and national organisations, some of which are:
- International Network of Women Engineers and Scientist (INWES)
- International Network of Women Engineers and Scientist- African Regional Network (INWES_ARN)
- Organization for Promoting African Girls in Engineering, Science and Technology Education (OPGSTE)
- Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
- Graduate Women International (GWI)
- University Teachers Association
- Ghana Chemical Society
6. Samuel Kweku Hayford (PhD)
UEW Alumnus is a National UNICEF/MOE Consultant on Early Grade Children with Learning Difficulties
Samuel Kweku Hayford (PhD), an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and an alumnus, is the national consultant for UNICEF/MoE and other partners’ project on formative research and technical guidance on identification and support to children with learning difficulties in early grades in Ghana.
The project is intended to create a more child-friendly environment in schools so that all children can learn. Prof. Hayford for the past couple of decades has worked extensively on special needs education and issues of inclusion in the formal systems in various capacities.
Professor Samuel Kweku Hayford, had a brief secondary education at Kintampo and Damongo Secondary Schools, he obtained the GCE-O Level as a private candidate, attended Komenda College, College of Special Education, University College of Education, Winneba, University of Cape Coast, and the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD.
He also led a nation-wide research into Inclusive Education in Ghana: Knowledge, Bottlenecks, and Solution, ESA Report (2018) for UNICEF Ghana, and a member of the Lead -writers of the New Bachelor of Education Curriculum for Colleges of Education in Ghana.
He was a Consultant for the development of the National Inclusive Education Policy, a Vice Chairman of the National Technical Committee for the Implementation of Inclusive Education, he also works with Civil Organizations such as Ghana Nation Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), and Ghana Blind Union.
Currently, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies, University of Education, Winneba. He served as the Chair of the 2019-2023 Corporate Strategic Plan, Less Endowed Senior High School Students’ Admission Policy, and Disability Policy Development Committees of the University of Education, Winneba.
He is the chair of the UEW Corporate Strategic Plan Monitoring Committee. He has over 50 publications in national and international journals; key publications are Special Educational Needs and Quality Education for All (2013) and Children with Autism (2017). He is the co-author of the Provision of Education for Individuals with disabilities in Ghana. In Michael L. Wehmeyer and James R. Patton (Eds.) Handbook of International Special Education. The Praeger International Handbook on Special Education.
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