Quality inclusive education in Ghana
The Government of Ghana spends over 25% of its annual national budget on education. Yet research suggests that the education and learning outcomes for Ghanaian children are among the worst in the world.
Less than 25% of Ghana’s primary class 6 children are able to read and attain basic literacy skills after six years of public schooling. Girls and children with disabilities face particular disadvantage – many don’t attend school at all, or drop out before completing their education.
VSO Ghana's inclusive education programme is designed to raise the quality of learning outcomes for the most disadvantaged and marginalised children.
Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) project
Since 2009, with the support of Comic Relief, we have worked with the Ghana Education Service, NGO partners and national and international volunteers to improve inclusive education – helping girls and disabled children to access and succeed in education.
Through community outreach, training and providing resources in 5 districts in the north of Ghana, we have:
- Increased gross primary enrolment in TENI communities by 18% in 5 years.
- Built the confidence of 12,000 girls to break down barriers to their own education through girls’ clubs.
- Supported 2,400 disabled pupils to access school by changing community and family perceptions.
- Trained teachers in over 300 schools to adopt more child-centric teaching methods that increase pupils’ interest in learning.
- Raised awareness of inclusive education, influencing both community approaches and national policy.
"We have worked with VSO over the last ten years, helping to identify those [vulnerable] children. They’ve supported us with materials and with human resources. VSO education volunteers are experts in special needs. They have knowledge and can build up our capacity. We are rolling out the models they have taught us."
Joachim Faara, Director of Ghana Education Service, Talensi district
Teacher Empowerment through Support and Technology (TEST) project
“With the portal, anytime I have a problem with my work, I can ask them, or I can share things that I have found useful on the portal to help others. I think TEST makes teaching easier and more interesting.”
Mariama Yussif, teacher at St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in Talensi, Ghana
With the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and in partnership with Open Learning Exchange Ghana, we are trialling online and technological resources that will improve teaching quality and learner outcomes, particular related to reading.
Over 160 teachers from 20 schools have been given the chance to use a newly developed online portal that is helping improve their teaching skills by providing resources, support and peer discussion groups. The schools have also received tablets, projectors, speakers and low-cost servers.
Through online and face-to-face training, teachers will be empowered to use technology to make learning accessible, fun and effective for their pupils.
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Ghana’s inclusive education policy, launched last year, is helping to ensure the schooling of disabled children and vulnerable girls remains at the top of the agenda. VSO ICS volunteers Raluca Moraru and Gifty Arthur talk about their time in Talensi district in northern Ghana working on projects making education accessible to all.