The Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme, under the Ghana Institute of Linguistics Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT), at the weekend graduated, over 3,000 children in the Gushegu District.
The CBE offers out-of-school children including drop outs with education in local languages to enable them to be integrated into formal education
The CBE, being implemented with funds from DFID and USAID recruited the children in the Gushegu District in the Northern Region and the Garu-Tempane District in the Upper East Region for the complementary nine month education.
Mr. Ernest Nniakyira, GILLBT monitoring and evaluation officer for the CBE, speaking at the graduation ceremony, said the graduands were out of about 4000 learners enrolled for the programme in the two districts within the 2015 and 2016 cycle.
He said 120 classrooms were used to examine the learners to ascertain their understanding levels before the graduation, adding that regular and intensive training were organised to sharpen the skills and to equip facilitators with the ability to teach in both numeracy and literacy in the mother tongues in accordance with the CBE teaching methodologies.
Mr. Kenzoni Donald, Northern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES), in an interview with GNA, said several factors accounted for children being out of school, citing migration, foster parents, ignorance and poverty as major factors.
He encouraged the sensitisation of parents on the importance of educating their children rather than using them for domestic purposes that will not benefit the children.