Community Action and Support for Education (CASE) - Northern Ghana
Funded by the UK Department for International Development
The overall aim of our project is to improve access to education and quality of teaching practice in schools for 1,400 children in West Mamprusi, in the North East Region of Ghana. Education outcomes for children in the area are poor; many children are subject to exploitative child labour, and child marriage is still common for girls.We are working with local organisations RAINS and NNED to address this by:
- Running community awareness campaigns that will encourage parents and village elders to prioritise children’s rights and education;
- Addressing practical problems such as long distances to school - by building a free-to-use bike bank - and a lack of sanitation facilities - by providing sanitary pads for girls so they can continue attending school during menstruation. Periods are hugely problematic for girls in poor communities; schools don't have the facilities for girls to keep themselves clean, and cultural practices sometimes mean girls are forbidden from going out while they're menstruating. This means they fall behind in their education;
- Providing an accelerated mother tongue curriculum for out-of-school children to attain literacy and numeracy so they can enrol in mainstream schools;
- Reducing financial barriers to education by giving 600 mothers the means to save/access credit, and training on small enterprises;
- Training teachers;
- Setting up and supporting child-led Assemblies, so children can learn about their rights and develop life skills.
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