Target Hard-To-Reach Areas – IBIS

Mrs Naana Biney – Director General of GESThe Country Director for IBIS, a Danish Non-governmental Organisation operating in Ghana has said that the nation needed to accelerate access to education through innovative strategies to meet the global education benchmarks and targets.

One of the strategies is to target out of school children in hard- to- reach communities who are denied basic education due to their geographic location.

Mr Chals Wontewe, the Country Director noted this in Accra on Friday at the closure of its project dubbed “The Alliance for change in education” (ACE).

The ACE project was a wing school concept started in 2007 on a pilot basis, targeted at out of school children in hard to reach communities of the Gushegu and Karaga districts of the Northern Region of Ghana.

Mr. Wontewe noted that it was expected that by class three, the children would have been grown enough to travel the distance to fully- fledged primary schools or be lucky to have their wing schools developed into a complete primary school.

He noted after the intervention of the ACE project, school enrollment figures in 2007/08 rose in Karaga from 7,918 to 20,844 in 2013/14 academic year.

According to him, youths in the two districts had been engaged as teachers, and that 40 of them had the opportunity to be trained as professional teachers, adding “due to the success of the project 39 of the 56 wing schools have been adopted by the government and transformed into fully-fledged primary schools”.

He said the project adopted the learner-centered approach to teaching, gender sensitivity and learning in the mother tongue.

Mr Wontewe noted that after missing the Gender parity target for quality basic education in 2005, Ghana risks missing the deadline for achieving Universal primary education and education for all by the year 2015.

The Director of Basic Education Unit Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Stephen Adu said provision of quality education is a responsibility for both public and private partnership.

He said there was the need to sustain all the good things done and assured that the GES would adopt the gains made so far by IBIS, and extend the project to other hard to reach communities across the country.

Mr. Adu said the GES was committed to its strategy of meeting the target of achieving quality education for all.
“As we take over the ACE project as local partners, it is my fervent hope that we will continue to work hard to sustain and improve on the gains made so far,” he added.

He thanked DANIDA for their support to the ACE project and other stakeholders who supported the project, for a good work done. - Ernestina A Boateng

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