UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agencysupport Ghana to improve education and health
BOLGATANGA, December 10, 2013 –THE RESIDENT Representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office travelled to the Upper East Region to launch the $4.5 million “Project For Human Development Through Life Cycle Approach”in collaboration with UNICEF.
KOICA is partnering for two and a half years with UNICEF and the Government of Ghana to support newborn care, pre-school education, teacher training and HIV awareness in the Upper East Region and Northern Region.
KOICA Resident Representative Mr. Cho Kwang-Geol discussed the implementation of the life cycle program, which aims to break the cycle of poverty that creates and recreates undernourished infants, poorly educated young children, marginalised adolescents, and unsafe and young motherhood.
In the Upper East Region, more than three out of every 100 babies die in their first month of life (MICS, 2011). Pass rates in the Basic Education Certificate Examination have fallen by an average of more than 30% in maths, science and English between 2007 and 2011 in the Upper East Region (EMIS, 2007, 2011).
UNICEF Ghana Country Representative Susan Namondo Ngongi said the Korea International Cooperation Agency’s support would help the Government of Ghana to provide the best possible start for children in their early years, a good quality basic education for every child, and an enabling environment for adolescents as they develop their capacities.
“Districts in the Upper East and Northern regions are among the most deprived in terms of quality education and the survival of newborns. The programworks to increase access to pre-school education, improve teaching and learning and equip adolescent students with appropriate life skills including HIV prevention and reproductive health. It also focuses on improving newborn care for babies in their first month of life.”
Korean International Cooperation Agency resident representative Mr. Cho Kwang-Geol said that UNICEF’s Life Cycle Approach is aligned with Saemaul Undong (SMU), the Korean Integrated Rural Development Approach namely, New Village Movement in a way of providing tailor-made solutions and keeping the sustainable development.
“With the slogan of SMU spirit; diligence, self-reliance and cooperation, solidarity in community has been reinforced,”Mr. Cho Kwang-Geol said. “To build people’s solidarity through community spirit can tackle current social problems such as disparity, isolation, unemployment, and ageing issues.”