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Plan International Ghana rolls out CBE intervention in Bongo

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Education intervention project being implemented by Plan International Ghana, christened Reaching and Teaching out-of-school Children, REACH, has commenced in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region with a district-wide enrollment figure of about 625 pupils.

At a brief ceremony in Atiabiisi-Atanseka, a community in the Bongo District to formally welcome about 40 pupils to a REACH teaching facility in the area, a Field Education Officer with Plan Ghana, Victoria Bemaalia Vikpaiiber, said the Project is a complimentary basic education, CBE, module aimed at increasing transition of out-of-school children into the formal school system.

She disclosed that the Project, being funded by Plan International, Educate A Child and partly funded by the Government of Ghana, targets to enroll a total of 90,000 children of school-going age who have either not attended school before or have dropped out of school.

She added that the REACH Project targets to enroll children whose ages ranges from eight (8) to twelve (12) years in the poorest districts of the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta and Eastern Regions of Ghana.

The Field Education Officer further explained that, the implementation of the REACH Project through the use of the Complimentary Basic Education module has a skill-oriented curriculum with an average class size of 25 learners and has a sole medium of instruction being the local language or mother-tongue.

She revealed that, the module also had a flexible school timetable with daily instructional periods of not more than three hours for five days in a week while there is no prescribed uniform for learners.

According to the Officer, Plan Ghana has undertaken to provide teaching and materials for all learners and facilitators throughout the project, pay monthly stipends to facilitators, supervise the classes regularly and also report to the communities on the progress of the project as well as liaise between the communities and the Assembly and the Ghana Education Service.

She emphasised that parents of pupils will not bear any financial responsibilities for their children’s education apart from properly feeding the children at home and getting them prepared for school.

She said the children will be taken through various lessons on basic literacy and numeracy as well as practical sessions for the next nine months.

She added that the Project gives priority enrollment to girls aged 13 years and boys of 12 years while its facilitators or teachers are mostly persons resident in the communities.

Meanwhile, children with any form of disabilities were also encouraged to enroll as the Project doesn’t entertain any discriminations relating to disabilities.

Ms. Bemaalia disclosed that the Bongo District alone had 31 of such classes spread across 18 communities including Kadare, Kudorigor, Yidongo, Vea and Asakulsi. She however stated that there were some additional communities in the Kassena–Nankana Municipality, Nabdam and Kassena-Nankana West districts that were also benefiting from the REACH Project.

Story by GBC’s Samuel Ayammah

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