Reaching underserved populations with basic education in deprived areas of Ghana: Emerging Good Practices

Casely-Hayford, Leslie, Akyeampong, Albert, Ahadzie, William, Osei, Juliana, Quaison, Elvina, Sullivan-Owomoyela, Joan, Boahene, Frank and McAllister, Peter (2003) Reaching underserved populations with basic education in deprived areas of Ghana: Emerging Good Practices. Project Report. CARE International Ghana/Togo/Benin.

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Achieving Education for All (EFA) in Ghana and many parts of sub-Saharan Africa remains an elusive goal. Extensive research in diverse countries has revealed that formalized systems that work on fixed timetables, a loaded curriculum, and trained teachers, are often not performing as well in rural environments in providing basic literacy, numeracy, and other skills/competencies relevant to the local environment. Although Ghana has developed a variety of programs to help with EFA goals, EFA objectives and Ghana poverty reduction strategy suggest that reaching children in rural deprived areas demands more innovative approaches because of the harsh environment. Ghana's efforts to attain Education for All in the coming 5-10 years largely depend on their commitment to supporting educational services for 50% of the children currently out of school in northern Ghana. It depends on the policymaker's ability to look beneath the realities of formal education systems and understand the context in which learning takes place in deprived rural areas. Complementary education approaches are proving not only to be effective but essential in assisting children, who otherwise would not be reached by the formal system, escape the cycle of illiteracy and secure a better future. Following an executive summary, the report contains five sections: (1) "The Challenge"; (2) "Research Design"; (3) "Preliminary Findings of International Study"; (4) "Preliminary Findings of Ghana Study"; and (5) "The Way Forward and Key Recommendations." Annexes include field study research questions; research activities; a list of non-governmental organizations implementing literacy programs; a list of civil society organizations; and impact level indicators. (Contains 30 notes, 14 tables, and 92 references.) (BT)

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