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A new educational initiative aimed at helping to increase enrollment of out-of-school children, particularly the girl-child in the Gushiegu and Karaga districts of the Northern Region, has been unveiled at Gushiegu.
The 2.6 million euro project, dubbed Alliance for Change in Education (ACE) is tailored to improve the physical access to basic education in the two districts where out of 425 communities in both districts, only 24% of children in those areas had access to primary school education.
The three-year project which began in May this year is being funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and managed by a consortium of three Danish organizations and the Ghana National Association of Teachers.
The Regional Director of IBIS West Africa, Ms. Karen Birgitte Rasmussen spelt out the objectives of the project to include the enrolment of 4,000 children into schools, of which, 50 percent would be girls, and the improvement of education, governance and accountability.
She mentioned other interventions to include the establishment of “wing” schools’ concept to create access to education for children in very remote and scarcely populated areas without schools.
According to the Northern Regional Consolidated Report for the regional education sector Annual Review for April this year, the pupil-teacher ratios of Karaga and Gushiegu districts were 208:1 and 223:1 respectively as against the national average of 35: 1
The District Chief Executive for Gushiegu, Mr. Abukari Mahama expressed appreciation to the IBIS for their timely intervention and for selecting the two districts to be the first beneficiaries of the project in the country.