More than 250,000 children who dropped out of school have been reintegrated into the educational system courtesy the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme being implemented by Crown Agents Limited in the Northern region.
The project, which aims to ensure equal access to education for all, is a five-year development project funded by USAID and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
So far, more than 50 percent beneficiaries CBE learners have been girls.
The project spearheaded by the Government of Ghana uses flexible learning approaches to teaching literacy and numeracy in the afternoon over a nine-month period as a means to salvage the plight of parents and persons who could not afford education in the rural areas.
It was designed to give out of school a second chance to learn basic foundation skills in literacy and numeracy in their mother tongue of which 91 percent of them have transitioned into the formal education system
The CBE implemented in 14 communities in five communities with 25 children in each class in 12 local languages for the vulnerable persons to support their households whilst learning has also achieved high quality instruction with about 55 percent of CBE learners reaching literacy and numeracy competency over the period.
A research conducted by the Crown Agents indicated that lack of infrastructure and the proximity of schools in the rural areas contributed to high school drop-out thereby denying many access to quality education.
It was also observed that the programme was able to help many of the CBE graduates to further their education into the senior high schools to access government free education policy with others also pursuing their future dreams at the tertiary level.
This came to light when the Board of Crown Agents in collaboration with the partners paid a visit to its operational areas to ascertain the impact of the project and the way forward.
Speaking at the closing ceremony in Vawagri in the Tolon district and Zugu in the Kumbungu district of the Northern region, the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia, commended the private sector for their contributions towards quality education in the country.
He stressed that the CBE has helped to enhance access to quality education in the rural areas saying most of the beneficiaries could now read, write and numerate in their mother tongue.
He reiterated government’s commitment to continue with the programmes and therefore appealed to donor agencies for support for sustainability of the programme.
The Board Chair of Crown Agent Madam Marie Staunton, represented by Madam Lizz Munday said the organization is committed to ensuring quality education for all hence the implementation of the programme.
She stressed the need for the programme to continue to grow to reach the remaining 600,000 children out of school with partners collaborating with government to sustain the programme.
Madam Abdulai Amin a local committee member called on the community members and parents to ensure taking their wards to school to enable them become good future leaders.
Some of the beneficiaries also commended the organization for their support in helping them back to school. Some said the introduction of the programme has helped to prevent them from being school drop-outs.