Exploring the use of video media for health education in Ghana

Emmanuel Joel Ayu Nyarko, Kofi Atta Yorke (2024)

This study delves into the utilisation of videos as an educational tool among health workers, specifically, midwives and nursing officers, in Ghana. Despite the prevalence of video-based teaching in health education, scanty attention has been given to this aspect within the Ghanaian context. This research aims to fill this gap by investigating the perspectives and experiences of health officers concerning the integration of videos into their instructional practices. Employing a qualitative descriptive research design, the study was conducted in the Ga South Municipal Assembly (GSMA) of the Greater Accra Region. Maximum variation and expert purposive sampling techniques were used to select twenty-five (25) health officials. Thematic analysis was employed to analyse the gathered data through interviews. The findings revealed a dearth of culturally relevant videos for health education in Ghana, leading health workers to rely on online platforms with unsuitable content and language barriers. The study underscored the necessity for collaboration between the Ghana Health Service, video production experts, health professionals, community leaders, and cultural influencers to develop videos tailored to the needs of the target audience, thereby facilitating effective health education within Ghana, particularly in the GSMA.


When theory meets practice: Bringing authentic material to the clay classroom

Samuel Nortey, Robert Amoanyi & Emmanuel Eyram Donkor (2023)

Within the Ghanaian clay and artistic discourse, traditional practice and formal academia training have been windows for producing ceramic works. However, despite their contributions to the cultural heritage of Ghana and beyond, they seem to be on a parallel practice, with limited synergies and inclusiveness. This study, therefore, looks at what the two seemingly disparate extremes, albeit bound by a common material, “clay”, can learn from each other. To what means would the notion of collaborations become a strong tool for strengthening the traditional and contemporary practice and getting younger practitioners to take over from the ones that are ageing? The study discussed the possibilities of traditional pottery practices and academia collaborations and the effect on expanding the clay material and artistic productions. In sum, and their exchange of knowledge with students foster creativity and a healthy relationship between academia and traditional practice. Artistic and curatorial practices can thrive better by identifying and developing such synergies. Both students and women potters moved from knowing to understanding clay practices. 

When theory meets practice: Bringing authentic material to the clay classroom
Published: June 29, 2023