SOS Children’s Villages Ghana (SOS-CV), as part of its Quality Education Now (QEN) project, has organised a community durbar at Korle Gonno in Accra to sensitise residents on their role in ensuring quality education in basic schools in the community.
The durbar was attended by market women, opinion leaders, traditional leaders, fishermen and fish mongers, among others.
Addressing the durbar, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, mayor of Accra, observed that the standard of education in public basic schools would be improved if community members get actively involved in the activities in the schools.
He said the role parents played in ensuring quality education was beyond just taking their kids to school and paying fees, saying it required their keen interest in collaborating with the teachers and monitoring the academic performance of their children.
Mr. Vanderpuije advised the parents to invest their time and monies in educating their children instead of spending on funerals and other parties.
The Accra Mayor identified absenteeism and truancy as other major challenges confronting education in basic schools, and indicated that the problem needed a collaborative effort of both parents and teachers to ensure that children remained in schools.
The Programme Coordinator of QEN, Mr. George Yaw Boateng, said the durbar was aimed at building the capacity of members of the community to enable them understand the role they needed to play in improving and sustaining quality education.
“This durbar today aims at creating the awareness among all stakeholders about the role quality education plays in our society and the responsibility of all stakeholders, especially the community, in building and sustaining this quality education in the public schools,” he said.
Mr. Boateng said the QEN project was being implemented in the Accra Metropolitan, Ashaiman Municipality, Kpone Katamanso District, Ningo Prampram District, East Akim Municipality, Fanteakwa District and Asokore Mampong Municipality.
As part of the programme, he said teachers, Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and School Monitoring Committees (SMCs) would be supported through training, and public education campaigns to enable them understand their role in ensuring a comprehensive improvement in education in public schools.
The overall objective, he said, was to empower existing management and supervision structures in the basic schools to ensure a sustainable quality education delivery at the school, community and district levels.
Mr. Boateng said SOS-CV was working directly with 71 schools, circuit supervisors, the district assemblies, among others, depending on their identified needs.
“It is our hope that the assembly members, PTAs, SMCs, parents and all community members will rally behind educational authorities to improve and sustain quality education to build better future for our children,” he said.
By Yaw Kyei