IMPROVING BASIC EDUCATION (IBE)

OBJECTIVES: Children between the ages of 6-15 in deprived communities are able to read, write and comprehend at grade class point to access better education and job opportunities. (Increase reading and comprehension to 50% in Year 1 and to 90% by 2022)

Despite the strong potential that exists to create high quality learning environments in schools, Ghana’s effort at achieving quality basic education is being threatened by major challenges in access and full participation. The existing issues include the low enrolment of girls; low quality in terms of poor pupil learning achievement; inadequate supply of trained and qualified teachers, resulting in extremes of class size; and lack of resources for teaching and learning.

Through the IBE project, United Way Ghana is fighting against illiteracy, poverty, social and economic marginalization that create a cycle of deprivation and lack of opportunity in the educational sector.

United Way Ghana’s achievements under IBE include:

From 2013-2015, a new education initiative started by United Way Ghana increased student enrollment by 1,000, constituting 27% increment. Six new Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) have been formed to improve school governance and more than 35% of parents reported greater participation in their ward’s education in Asawasi, a community in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

More than 10,000 children in 15 schools have benefited from a school infrastructural development project in Greater Accra, Eastern, and Ashanti Regions of Ghana.

So far, more than 400 pupils have benefited from United Way Ghana’s annual scholarship programme, which provides school bags, school uniforms, learning materials and shoes for school children in Akropong and Akokoamon in the Eastern and Ashanti Regions respectively.

Over 1,043 community members from Ayawaso District in the Greater Accra Region have been sensitized to appreciate the need for literacy and quality education.

180 children have received training on reading and supplementary books from United Way Ghana to help them develop their reading proficiency.

Over 400 children from Ayawaso have received skills training on digital literacy with 6 female pupils being enrolled under a 3-months intensive digital training program with IBM Ghana.