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Northern Region: US commits US$14.39 million to basic education

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) acting mission director, Grace Lang, joined the Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum, in Tamale to launch a new five-year, US$14.39 million Advancing Partnership for Improved Learning Activity, to support low-cost private schools in the Northern Region.

“A quality education should not depend on where you live or which school you attend. We want every child to have access to a quality education,” Lang said.

“The US$14 million activity we are launching today will support low-cost private schools that serve rural and disadvantaged communities. The activity will support those schools to improve education access, quality, and learning outcomes for students and increase private sector investments in northern Ghana.”  

This new USAID activity will increase teacher certification and retention, strengthen school leadership capacity and quality, and use a comprehensive investment strategy that will support school improvement. 

The activity will also offer affordable financing options for select low-cost private schools serving disadvantaged communities in northern Ghana.

The partnership will also strengthen the relationship and regulatory capacity of the Ministry of Education and certain education agencies in their oversight of private schools. 

By the end of five years, USAID anticipates that the project will strengthen business skills for more than 200 school leaders, equip 400 teacher mentors with evidence-based classroom best practices to teach another 2,000 teachers, and certify more than 1,200 untrained teachers. 

USAID’s implementing partner, Opportunity International, will also create a School Capacity Building Fund (SCBF) to assist the targeted schools in improving operations and becoming more creditworthy through catalytic grants. 

 

Reporting by El Samuels in Northern Region

 

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