Goal: To enhance the opportunity of poor and marginalised boys and girls to have access to quality basic education through improved retention and ability of at least 80% girls to complete Junior high school by 2020
- Improved access and retention of boys and girls in deprived rural community schools in the Northern Region by 80% in 2020
- Improved quality of teaching and learning in basic schools through improved school management and community support.
- Advocate for a conducive School and community environment enhance effective teaching and learning which promotes and enhances the rights of especially girls to quality education.
Education is one of CALID’s most critical and important programmes. We view access to quality education as a right; one of the most fundamental of rights. Besides its impact on ability to earn income and its contribution to the development of both individuals and communities it is essential for the realization of the other rights. CALID regards education as the main key to development since it empowers people to pull themselves out of poverty. It fosters essential skills and provides the tools necessary for individuals, families, communities and countries to fulfill human potential and realize aspirations. Better access to education leads to citizen empowerment and increases people’s ability to assert their rights, to demand accountability from their governments, and to engage in the world as global citizens. Education is critical to the strengthening of civil society organizations that seek to articulate the needs and demands of people in the Northern Region for an equitable distribution of the Ghana’s resources, and solutions to the marginalization of region.
The Education Programme will continue to focus on access to quality basic education by boys and girls in rural and deprived communities in the Northern Region. The programme would target the government, its agencies and international donor agencies at the national level, to ensure the adoption and implementation of policies and practices that assure access to quality education for girls and boys. This will be done through our association and active participation as member of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition and the Northern Network for Education Development by actively participating in activities which directly influence education policy and practice.
At the community level, emphasis will be placed on empowering communities by building community capacity to engage service providers and policy-makers in the provision of those resources which are essential to complement community response to educate their children in order to ensure that children do have access not only to a school but to quality education.
Furthermore, issues on the school environment and its impact on retention will be addressed after conducting an in-depth gender analysis. This will sustain the gains made in increasing the retention of girls in the first phase.
Some limited level of service delivery will be undertaken as an approach for demonstrating good practice and encouraging duty bearers and service providers such as the Ghana Education Service and the District Assemble to replicate in other deprived schools. This will also increase CALID’s legitimacy to engage government agencies and donors at the regional and national level as a result of our practical experience in demonstrating good practice of meeting immediate and urgent educational needs of deprived and marginalized boys and girls