Ghana: Launch of a project to improve the quality of ECE in the N/E region

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.