UNITED WAY GHANA LAUNCHES THE IMPROVING BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN KUMASI
United Way Ghana launched the Improving Basic Education (IBE) programme in Asokore Mampong Municipality at the Kumasi Academy Hall on Thursday, October 10 under the theme Unite for Education. The successful launch brought together over 350 pupils, teachers, volunteers, partners, parents, religious and community leaders for the expansion of the IBE programme to Kumasi.
The launch was graced by the Asokore Mampong Gyasehene , the Dagomba Chief in Sawaba- Asokore Mampong Municipality, the Assemblyman for Sawaba, United Way Ghana’s Governing Council President and Vice-President of Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont Goldcorp Africa, Ms. Adiki Ayitevie, representatives from our partnering organizations including Ghana Library Authority, Cummins Ghana, Ghana Education Service, the National Society of Black Engineers, representatives from beneficiary schools as well as parents and care-givers.
The Improving Basic Education programme was developed by United Way Ghana in recognition of quality education as the crucial foundation of community development and sustainability. The programme incorporates the tenets of the 4th, 8th and 17th sustainable development goals and is designed to improve access to and delivery of quality basic education in underserved communities.
Highlights of the launch included poetry recitals and beautiful cultural dances by the pupils and a speech by the Gyasehene declaring his support for IBE. Representatives from the beneficiary schools shared their excitement about the programme and the impact it was bound to have on pupils and their parents and caregivers.
A key component of IBE in Kumasi is the Adult Literacy Programme and some graduates from Engage Now Africa encouraged other parents and caregivers to enroll and take full advantage of the opportunity. The launch was climaxed with a declaration by Ms. Adiki Ayitevie, accompanied by the popping of 10 balloons by stakeholders and partners of the programme.
To reach our dual goal of quality education and decent work & economic stability for all, United Way Ghana believes in partnering with other impact driven organizations. Eneza Education, an education technology company which supports us with software for teachers, Engage Now Africa will facilitate our Adult Literacy Projects and Muslim Family Counseling Services, a community based organization with logistical and media support from Top Dog Africa and Crust Media respectfully.
“I am very pleased about each component of the programme. It is unique to have a programme that not only impacts the pupils but their teachers and parents as well. I believe that as parents enroll on the programme, living conditions will change for the better,” said Ms. Adiki Ayitevie, sharing her excitement.
From 2013 to 2015, United Way Ghana began implementing aspects of the Improving Basic Education Programme in select schools in Asawase. This resulted in an increase in pupil enrollment by 1000, an improvement in school governance and the formation of parent-teacher associations in six different schools.
With the launch, a comprehensive and holistic three year Improving Basic Education programme is being implemented in Adenyase M/A Basic School and Wataniya Islamic School. These schools are set to benefit from the following initiatives: the Nyansapo Literacy Project - a project enhancing reading skills and culture in pupils, Girls Closet - an initiative that empowers girls to achieve their educational and career aspirations, Teacher Capacity Enhancement - fostering leadership and innovation in teaching practices by equipping teachers with relevant content through USSD, SMS and web applications and the Adult Literacy Project - empowering caregivers and parents with literacy and vocational skills to enable them support their children by acquiring sustainable income generating business.
Currently being implemented in over 10 schools in Akropong and Ayawaso in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions respectively, the IBE programme already has a history of impact. Through this programme over 6,000 pupils, 100 teachers and 30,000 have been impacted positively and empowered to live an informed, healthy and productive life.
“As we expand to Kumasi, United Way Ghana is not only expanding its footprint but is also widening our scope of impact to reach and touch thousands of lives in a bid to bring more opportunities for a better life in underserved communities,” said Grace Braimah, Projects officer of United Way Ghana.