The Ministry of Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Development for International Development, (DfID) to support the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme to ensure quality education.
The CBE programme, which provides a nine-month literacy and numeracy in mother tongue is also supported by the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID).
It will also provide second chance alternative education for children who have dropped out or who would otherwise not enroll in mainstream primary school.
The overall impact is to increase gross enrolment rate at the primary level and reduce the number of out-of-school children.
The acting Country Director of DfID, Lynne Henderson, said the UK Government, through the DfID would provide 18 million pound sterling in support of the programme which would focus on where the greatest number of out-of-school children live.
“With an additional $16 million from the US Government, together we aim to ensure that over 200,000 out of school children have a second chance to go to school,” she said, and commended Ghana for its substantial progress in expanding access to basic education.
Madam Henderson, however, noted that significant number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those living in rural areas were out-of-school.
She said the UK Government would continue to support quality education in Ghana by developing a policy framework around complementing basic education.
“We stand ready to help the basic education division of the Ministry of Education to make sure every child has the right to education,” she said.
The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, commended the partners for supporting basic education in the country.
She said 79,200 out-of-school children made up of 41,800 boys and 37,400 girls had access to CBE classes.
That, she said, had helped in equipping children between the ages of eight and 14 with literacy, numeracy and life skills in less than a year, adding that the teaching and learning package for children had been translated into the local languages.
Mr. Andy Karas, acting USAID/Ghana Mission Director, said the success of the programme was attributed largely to community engagement which had proven that over 80 per cent of those who graduated were fully integrated into the primary school system.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong