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Education Professor's research contributes to increasing access to 250,000 out-of-school children in Ghana

Professor Kwame Akyeampong

Professor of International Education and Development, Kwame Akyeampong’s research on Complementary Basic Education (CBE) in Ghana has informed the country’s Education Strategic Plan and encouraged its government to increase access to 250,000 out-of-school children in northern Ghana.

In September 2018, Kwame presented evidence of the impact of CBE in Ghana to a specially convened meeting with the Ghana Minister of Education and his officials and officials from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

As a result of his research findings, the government of Ghana agreed to spend one per cent of the basic education budget on extending CBE to reach all out-of-school children in Ghana.

This decision has been cited as a key example of Ghana Beyond Aid development strategy as it takes over the funding of CBE from the UK. To date, the UK and US governments have provided £27.9 million to help Ghana implement the CBE programme with the aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of universal primary education. Citing Kwame’s research, the British High Commission in Accra reported that the CBE programme had been "truly transformational for many of the poorest, rural children and communities".

Professor Kwame Akyeamnpong said: "It is great to see our research on Complementary Basic Education contributing directly to government policy on improving educational access to out-of-school children in Ghana. Our research approach ensured that the evidence we produced could be used to inform policy that has a direct impact on the lives on disadvantaged children. I am delighted that the evidence from our research is changing lives.”

Philip Smith, Country Director for DFID Ghana, said: “CBE is a programme that demonstrates the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda in practical and tangible terms – and a Ghana Beyond aid that looks to a day when Ghana’s education sector is financed to enable every young child, boy and girl, to have access to education. As the UK, we are proud to have supported and worked with the government on the CBE programme”.

CBE is a ground-breaking and accelerated learning approach for out-of-school children between the ages of 8-14 from some of the poorest areas of the country. The programme assists children learn to read, write and numerate within a nine-month period.

On completion of the programme, CBE learners are then transitioned into primary school at class 3 or 4. The CBE programme is paving the way for Ghana to attain Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and is providing the opportunity for all children to access basic education in some of the hardest to reach deprived communities in the country.

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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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