Alhaji Sulemana Saaka, Programme Manager of School for Life (SfL), who summed up the views of members of CBE Alliance at its general meeting in Tamale, said government’s funding of the programme would ensure that all children get access to education.
Members of CBE Alliance comprise civil society organisations implementing CBE in some districts across the country and they receive support from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
However, funding for the CBE by DFID and USAID would phase out after 2017, implying that if government does not assume full responsibility of the programme, a lot of children of school going age but are not in school would be left out of education.
Statistics by the CBE Alliance show that from 2012 to 2015, 79,000 out-of-school children in 49 districts were successfully enrolled on the CBE programme, a situation which indicates that despite the efforts, there are still a number of children of school-going age who are not in school.
Alhaji Saaka said government’s funding of CBE programme would be a good opportunity to mop up all the remaining out-of-school children and put them through the CBE programme to eventually enter the formal school system.
Mr Eric Kavaarpuo, Project Coordinator in-charge of Education Programme at IBIS in Ghana, said out-of-school children must be considered as a marginalised group that must be supported through targeted social protection measures to attain education.
Mr Kavaarpuo said there is, therefore, the need for government to budget towards the welfare of out-of-school children to address the problem of inequality in the country.
He said this would secure the future of out-of-school children since they would have the opportunity to attain education, which otherwise would have eluded them.
Some members of the CBE Alliance include Northern Network for Education Development, ProNet North, Plan Ghana, Afrikids, and Integrated Social Development Centre.
By Albert Futukpor, GNA