This morning the World Education Forum 2015 launched in Incheon, Korea, the forum will focus on rights, equity, inclusion, quality and lifelong learning in education. With the world’s eyes on Education we wanted to show why this subject is at the forefront of our work.
AfriKids recognise that in giving a child access to education we can dramatically change the quality of their childhood and make a fundamental difference to their futures.
In the Upper East Region 37% of people live in households in which no one has completed 5 years of schooling, compared to just 4% in Greater Accra (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative’s Multidimensional Poverty Index 2013). Whilst the Ghanaian government supports Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education the UER continues to lag behind national averages due to barriers at every level; individual, community and government. AfriKids work to address the gulf between government educational policy and the reality of the educational system and we must therefore address education at multiple levels.
We strive to provide the most vulnerable children with access to education through projects such as our School of Night Rabbits, which supports children living and working on the streets of Bolgatanga. The goal is to give children living on the streets the chance to access quality education for free on their own terms, whilst also being provided with emotional support and where necessary a place to sleep. We also work with existing schools aiming to improve their systems and quality of education via projects such as Let’s Read. This program focusses on making a significant improvement in literacy at ten primary schools across the region, by providing teachers with phonics training and support.
AfriKids understands that it is important to address community attitudes as well as providing quality education. We therefore work at a community level to build communities’ capacity to provide for their children’s education. Our new Opening the Doors to Schools programme plans to increase the enrolment level at 60 schools by working with parents, child rights club patrons, head teachers , women’s groups and traditional leaders.
In tackling education at multiple levels we believe that AfriKids has the best opportunity to create sustainable change in northern Ghana.
Transforming lives through education is at the heart of AfriKids’ mission to find out more, or to talk about how your school or office can get involved, please contact the team on E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 207 269 0740