Reaching out to those missing out on school
Ghana has been a regional leader in the delivery of Education for All, reaching the education Millennium Development Goals well ahead of the 2015 deadline. As of 2011, Ghana had an 84% Net Enrolment Rate in basic school and had reached gender parity in classrooms.
However, nearly 623,500 children of primary school age are still not enrolled in primary school and one out of four children in the kindergarten age range (from four to five years of age) are not in pre-school. Girls from northern Ghana average only four years of education, three years less than the national average. And 20% of children with physical disabilities are not attending school, according to the 2010 national census.
Many students in Ghana do not benefit from a quality education. Often, the school environment is not conducive to learning: classes are overcrowded, water and sanitation facilities are lacking and trained teachers and school books are in short supply. The poor quality of education is reflected in students’ results. Only 16% of grade six students are proficient in mathematics and only 35% proficient in English, according to the 2011 National Education Assessment.
UNICEF is working with the Ghana Education Service to transform all schools in the 10 most deprived districts of Ghana into Child-Friendly Schools.
Caleb and Mawunyo
Two children living with disabilities in the Volta Region of Ghana. Caleb goes to school, Mawunyo dreams of spending her days inside a classroom.