Board of Crown Agents expected in Accra next week

The Board of directors of Crown Agents Limited, an international development non-profit organisation with headquarters in London, United Kingdom, is paying a working visit to Ghana from June 25-28, to meet with partners, clients, the donor community and senior government officials.

The team, which will be led by Board Chair Marie Staunton, will undertake several activities including paying a courtesy call on the President, traveling to Tamale to observe its Complementary Basic Education (CBE) project and hosting a launch event for partners at the new Crown Agents Ghana office.

The highlight of the Board’s visit will be the trip to the CBE project sites in Tolon and Kumbungu, where Crown Agents is working with the Ghanaian government and local partners to get out-of-school children back into education.

To date, the DFID and USAID-funded programme has given access to quality basic education to almost 250,000 children, half of those girls.

CBE classes are delivered over the course of nine-months within rural and disadvantaged communities. Students are taught by volunteer facilitators in their mother tongue. Class times are flexible, structured around the students’ other obligations. Ninety percent of all graduates re-enter formal education, allowing them to access the free government secondary school provision.

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Commenting on the visit, CEO Fergus Drake said:

We’ve been working with partners in Ghana for over fifty years and it’s a pleasure to visit now at a time of such opportunity for the country. Ghana has enjoyed impressive recent economic growth of 8.5% and has all the resources and talent it needs to drive further prosperity for its people. Crown Agents as a not-for-profit organisation is excited to continue to support this sustainable success story. We’re looking forward to having conversations with public and private sector leaders in Ghana to better understand their goals and how we can support them in achieving them.

Country Director of Crown Agents, Jourade K. Quartey also added:

Crown Agents is proud of our track record in Ghana – from training public sector leaders to saving the government money through value for money expertise, and especially the complementary basic education programme which has removed barriers to education for young people, who can now be part of building Ghana’s prosperous future. Now Crown Agents is looking to the future of Ghana, and how our institutional and health systems strengthening expertise and our complementary basic education programme can accelerate the self-sufficiency and prosperity of this vibrant nation.

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