The US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed US$ 14.5 million towards UNICEFs educational programs in Ghana.
The cooperation agreement signed between USAID, UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service is UNICEF to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education with a focus on early grade reading performance in Ghana over the next four years.
This will among other things contribute to improving learning of children in kindergarten, including the vulnerable in society as well as school drop outs and girls and children with learning difficulties.
According to UNICEF, over the next four years, innovative solutions, a cornerstone of this partnership, will be developed and scaled up.
Also, currently Mobile School Report Card System for example, an android based solution developed locally with the aim of generating reliable up-to-date data on key education indicators for better planning and decision making is being piloted in three selected regions.
Inspite of Ghana?s strides in education on the African Continent, the quality of education is falling as only 16 per cent of grade six students proficient in mathematics for example and only 35 per cent proficient in English, according to the 2011 National Education Assessment.
The UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Susan Namondo Ngongi, states that as per the agreement, Classroom level libraries with local stories for children aimed at improving access to reading materials for children from disadvantaged backgrounds are being developed and scaled up also.
The Ag. Director-General, Ghana Education Service Mr. Charles Aheto-Tsegah, says Ghana has made steady rapid commendable progress in the education sector over the past few years but look forward for collective investments like that of the USAID and UNICEF to improve the sector.
Source : spyGhana.com