A $1.5 million project has been launched in the North East region to help address the challenges of early childhood education (ECE) acquisition in the region.
The project dubbed “Quality and Inclusive Early Childhood Education (QAIECE)” is a three-year intervention aimed at reducing the number of challenges facing the provision of ECE in Ghana, particularly in the North- East.
It is implemented by three organizations: Children Believe, Children Fund Korea and AG Care-Ghana funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The project would be implemented in the Eastern and Western Municipalities of Mamprusi from May 2022 to December 2024 and is expected to impact the lives of 132,864 beneficiaries in 30 communities in the selected municipalities.
The National Director in charge of ECE at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ms Vida Barbara Ntow, speaking at the launch of the project in Walewale in the North East region, noted that ECE was key to the holistic development of every child, regardless of status. race, color, disability or ethnic origin.
She indicated that when children are denied ECE, it deprives them of playing and accomplishing other things essential since childhood such as cognitive, motor, physical, social, emotional and linguistic development.
Ms. Ntow said that the Ghana Education Service (GES), in partnership with UNICEF and other partners, was developing a policy document that would serve as a guide on how best to involve families and communities in the provision of ECE in Ghana.
The National Officer of ‘Children Believe Ghana, Mrs. Esenam Kavi Desouza, in her remarks, the QAIECE project would directly impact the lives of 132,864 children in 30 communities.
Ms. Esenam said that QAIECE seeks to provide quality early childhood education for children aged 4 to 5, to promote the practice of kindergarten teaching and the involvement of parents and communities as well as to strengthen the responsibility of communities and government in the provision of kindergarten education.
On his part, the Executive Director of AG Care-Ghana, Mr. Joseph Kwame Wumbee said that as an organization, AG Care-Ghana, since its inception, has provided a total of 12 class blocks , 10 changing rooms for girls, 12 rainwater points
crop tanks, 6 toilets, 3 teachers accommodation, in many basic schools at a cost of over GH¢4,310,700.
He noted that governments’ investment in early childhood education over the years has been insufficient, hence the need for a well-planned intervention such as the QAIECE project.
The Deputy Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. BoSung Jeang, pledged his team’s continued support in Ghana, especially in providing quality ECE.
He urged stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the project to enable it to achieve its objectives.
North East Regional Director of Education and Chair of the Launch, Mr. Simon Anane Amokasi, said providing quality ECE has been a challenge in the region and expressed his gratitude to KOICA and partners. of implementation.
Ghana: Launch of a project to improve the quality of ECE in the N/E region
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