Basic Education Receives Boost

Mr Peter JonesThe British government, through the Department for International Development (DFID), has committed GH¢60million to support a Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme, to be implemented in four regions of the country, the Country Director of DFID, Ms Sally Taylor, has disclosed.

The programme is a ground-breaking and accelerated approach to teach marginalised children how to read, write in their own dialects, and become numerate, within nine months.

The three-year programme started last month in the Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Brong-Ahafo Regions, with the Ministry of Education, being the implementing co-ordinator.

The Mission of Hope Society (MIHOSO), a non-governmental organisation, is the CBE implementing agency in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Addressing  a durbar at Kintampo to kick-start the programme in the Brong-Ahafo Region recently, Ms Taylor announced that some 1,000 CBE classes would be established in 35 target districts in the four regions, with the aim of enrolling 120,000 out-of-school children
She expressed worry over the gloomy picture of the 440,000 out-of-school children in the country.

Ms Taylor said the UK’s developmental assistance in Ghana focuses on education, especially helping the country to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on universal access to basic education and gender equality.
“I am therefore pleased to be involved in another important step towards ensuring that every Ghanaian child gets the opportunity to go to school, and become what they have the potential to be,” she stressed.

The Programme Co-ordinator of MIHOSO, Mr Thomas Benarkuu, disclosed the NGO had established 36 classes, rescued and enrolled 900 out-of-school children in the Kintampo South and Pru districts, and is using the CBE methodology, to educate them.

He said the CBE programme demonstrates strong retention and completion rates, and offers the girl child, the opportunity to be educated.
Under the programme, the academic year starts in October, and the out-of- school children, provided incentives, to encourage them to join the CBE classes.

They are taught reading, writing and arithmetic in their local dialects, usually in the afternoons, and subsequently integrated into the formal schools. Senior high school graduates are engaged to teach the children. GNA

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