Media practitioners in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions have been urged to use their skills and platforms to encourage duty bearers on education to improve on the quality of education in the country.
The Northern Network for Education Development (NNED) made the appeal at a day’s forum it jointly organised with the Global Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
It was to involve the media to support in diverse ways to improve on quality education in these three regions of Ghana, where development in education was slow.
The Project Manager of NNED Mr Joachim Faara said involving the media in the discussions to promote quality education in the three regions was in the right direction because the media represented the voiceless people in the community.
Mr Faara said governments over the years had demonstrated commitment to promote free compulsory universal primary education in the country with adequate flow of donor funds through NGOs.
According to him, governments, Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the GPEG had in diverse ways effectively supported education delivery in the regions of the north and said in spite of these efforts, there were low learning outcomes among pupils, hence the poor performance of pupils in the
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in these regions.
He added that NNED as a Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) sought to harmonise and harness the collective efforts of all people in educational development to advocate accessible and inclusive quality education for every child in these three regions of Ghana.
The Coordinator for NNED, Gaskin Dasah in a presentation said NNED aims at ensuring that all children of school going age had access to quality education in these areas.
According to him NNED undertook evidence-based advocacy to achieve its aims, and explained that this was done through partnerships, and harnessing skills and experience from its members.
The NNED Coordinator mentioned that his outfit had contributed to advocate the need for a base grant for the capitation grant and mobilised inputs of CSOs and NGOs on the 2015 draft education bill.
Presenting the findings of GPEG assessment and baseline report and briefing the participants on Promoting Transparency and accountability in Education (PTAE), Mr Dasah indicated that the project was to be implemented in 25 districts in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions.