A few teaching and learning resources have been given to the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Volta and Oti regions by the non-governmental organisation Plan International Ghana in order to promote the provision of high-quality education.
The supplies, which included textbooks and backpacks, would be provided to schools in South Tongu, Hohoe, Afadjato South, Guan, and Jasikan, which are Plan International Ghana’s operational districts and municipalities.
The gesture, according to Mr. Solomon Tesfa Mariam, Country Director for Plan International Ghana, was made to support the government’s initiatives to improve equality in the nation’s educational system.
He stated that in the Southern Programme Influencing and Impact Area’s (SPIIA) operational areas, inclusive quality education had received more than GH2.7 million in investments during the Plan’s fiscal year of 2023, benefiting a total of 28,552 children and youth.
According to Mr. Tesfamariam, the SPIIA collaborated with 66 communities in the five operational districts and municipalities through sponsorship and grant-funded projects that were anchored by its country strategy (2021–2025).
He said that certain towns received support for their educational needs in the form of school infrastructure, instructional materials, secondary scholarships for deserving students, and capacity building for school management committees and teachers.
Mr Tesfa Mariam said with collaboration with GES, 128 English Language, Integrated science and Mathematics teachers from 46 partner communities in Volta and Oti were trained in gender-responsive pedagogy.
To fill furniture gaps identified in lower grades, he said, a total of 1,360 dual desks were also procured and distributed to 46 schools in the partner communities in the two regions
He said within the same fiscal year, 2, 251 textbooks in English, mathematics and science, and 2, 957 library books were procured and distributed to schools within their partnership communities.
“With financial support to GES, 12 school management committees’ capacities were enhanced to effectively support the management of their schools and 21 school- based children clubs were formed and trained on issues affecting their development especially learning…”
According to the country director, the Afadzato South Educational Directorate received help during the fiscal year to hold reading contests for students to improve their reading abilities.
In accepting the gifts on behalf of the beneficiary districts and towns, Mr. Francis Yaw Agbemadi, Volta Regional Director of Education, expressed his gratitude to Plan International Ghana.
He claimed that Plan International Ghana had exhibited a true power of collaboration and spirit of support and had played significant roles in improving the delivery of high-quality education in both the Volta and Oti regions.
According to Mr. Agbemadi, the government cannot meet all the growing demands in the educational sector alone. Partnership and cooperation from all stakeholders are necessary to support government efforts, and Plan International Ghana is doing just that.
However, the Director urged Plan International Ghana to expand its operations to include many more schools in the area so that they, too, could profit from their work. She also urged other organisations to follow Plan’s lead.
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