Education is a direct route out of poverty. But for some children, access to a classroom is denied.
In Africa, it is estimated that less than one in ten children with disabilities attends primary school. Girls, due to early marriage, pregnancy or poverty, are more likely to drop out of education before junior high school.
Teaching Education Needs Inclusively (TENI)
We work with the Ghana Education Service and local communities, training teachers and providing the necessary resources to make classrooms accessible to all children - no matter their circumstances.
Since 2009 our Teaching Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) programme has supported 2,400 disabled pupils to access school and increased primary enrolment by 18% in some of the most deprived communities in Ghana.
- Through 2017-18, 79% of children with disabilities reached through TENI continued at school, progressing from one year through to the next.
- 'Girl's Clubs' - a section of the TENI project focussing on supportinng vulnerable girls to stay in education now works across 60 schools, supporting over 4,800 girls.
"VSO education volunteers are experts in special needs. They have knowledge and can build up our capacity. We are rolling out the models they have taught us."
Joachim Faara, the Director of GES in Talensi District
Teacher Empowerment and Support through Technology (TEST)
TEST uses low cost technology to provide teachers with access to an online platform for teaching resources and training.
The platform, includes a fully functional offline library that houses over 1000 resources including curriculum-based lesson plans, self-coaching videos and resources for reading instruction (including stories, songs, comprehension questions and assessment tests).
In 2016-17 it was piloted across in 20 primary schools in the Talensi and West Mamprusi districts of Northern Ghana.
- Increased retention of vulnerable girls from 50% to 90% throughout the school terms.
- 4,800 pupils from 20 schools improved their ability to pronounce letter sounds, identify unfamiliar words and reading fluency
- 90% of the teachers in the 20 schools gained new skills in lesson preparation and participatory teaching of phonics and are applying them in teaching.
- An online community has been created together with the setting up of an online ‘counselling room’ where teachers share with each other and get support from subject experts and counsellors.
Limited access to markets, poor finance opportunities and reliance on traditional farming methods means cocoa farmers in Ghana are unable to capitalise on increasing global demand. It is estimated that cocoa yields are currently just 40% of their potential, and farming communities remain in poverty.
Through training and support services, combined with improved market access, our first 100 Cocoa Life communities have seen yields increase by 37% and profits by 49% (2009-2014).
- 1,628 farmers trained in food crop and animal husbandry agricultural practices (606 women)
- 2,352 people participating in community Savings and Loans Associations (83% women
- 22 community engagement sessions in Jipara
Young people are a great resource. Our youth programmes see young people supporting a number of community-based projects including:
- Promotion of gender equality
- Creation of learning resources to support teaching staff
- Supporting work to increase employment opportunities
- Working to improve business skills of Ghanaian entrepreneurs
Youth volunteers operate in Ghana through International Citizen Service (ICS). Volunteers from the UK and Ghana work together in teams for periods of three months
If you are interested in volunteering as part of ICS:
- Ghanaian nationals please apply via our country office (details below)
- Other nationalities, find out more about youth volunteering
Quality inclusive education in Ghana
The Government of Ghana spends over 25% of its annual national budget on education. Yet research suggests that the education and learning outcomes for Ghanaian children are among the worst in the world.
Tackling Education Needs Inclusively in Ghana is run in partnership with the Ghana Education Service and supported by Comic Relief.
Interested in developing a partnership with us or finding out more about our work? We’d love to hear from you.
Email the VSO Ghana team
Postal: PO Box AN6526, Accra North, Ghana
Location: House No. F58/5 Clotey Close, Labone, Accra, Ghana
Tel: (+233) 30 2773 775/ 710/ 781
Fax: (+233) 302 774 016