The Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Project is particularly targeted at girls and children with disabilities because they are vulnerable, Mr Saani Yakubu, Deputy Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, has said.
He therefore called for cross-sectorapproach since the factors that kept them away from school were socio-cultural and multi-faceted in nature.
“Addressing these issues will enable Ghana to meet her goal of ensuring universal primary education and of bridging the gender gap in education in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3,” he said.
Mr Yakubu was launching the CBE Project at Atebubu in the Atebubu-Amantin District.
ActionAid Ghana is implementing the project in three districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region namely Tain, Banda and Atebubu-Amantin to cover 1,500 children with 500 from each district in 20 classes.
It is also implementing the project in the Nanumba North District in the Northern Region for 800 children in 32 classes.
ActionAid Ghana will implement the project to cover 2,300 children, made up of 1,312 boys and 988 girls for a year with the possibility for a two-year extension.
The Ministry of Education, with support from the Department For International Development (DFID), is undertaking the project to reach 120,000 children throughout the country.
It is a functional literacy programme for Out-of-School Children between eight and 14 years to access a standard nine-month functional literacy education in literacy, numeracy and writing skills in their mother tongues and to re-integrate into the formal school system at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year.
The programme, which is community-owned and demand-driven, is being implemented through some NGOs including ActionAid Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Mr Yakubu appealed to traditional authorities, parents and stakeholders in education in the district to continue to work hard to ensure that the right to education of every child was met as guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution as well as in many international instruments to which Ghana was a signatory.
He said he was optimistic that under the project, about 90 per cent of the 500 children from 20 communities in the District that would be taken through the nine-month classes would be able to join the formal school next academic year.
Mr Yakubu said pupils in eight out of the 20 classes in 14 communities under the project had absented themselves from classes and appealed to assembly and opinion leaders to ensure that the children were retained in class for the nine-month training period.
Mr Jokono Sulemana, Atebubu–Amanten District Director of Education, said the Assembly had come out with a policy to check truancy among pupils in the communities.
He said under the policy, parents of truant pupils would be dealt with to make them responsible and more concerned about their children’s education.
Mr Sulemana said the Assembly’s policy on truancy would complement efforts of stakeholders in education in the District to ensure that children were retained in the classroom. GNA