The children have successfully completed a two-month Complementary Basic Education Programme (CBE) which prepared them to go back into regular schools.
The CBE programme is a functional literacy programme by the Government of Ghana and its development partners for children between the ages of 8 and 14 years who do not have access to formal school through literacy classes in their own communities.
The intervention is in line with the Ghana government’s effort to meet the Millennium Development Goal 2; which demands of countries to make it possible for children of school going age to have universal primary education.
The CBE programme is implemented by civil society actors in partnership with communities with oversight responsibility by the District Education Offices, District Education Oversight Committees (DEOC) and District Assemblies. In the Upper East Region, Afrikids Ghana, a child rights centered NGO is government’s partner for the programme.
At a graduation ceremony for the children who enrolled for the CBE this year in the Pusiga district, a facilitator of the programme, Emmanuel Awini said the children who cannot speak the English Language due to their long stay away from regular schools, had successfully learned how to pronounce vowel sounds, which is key to their learning to read.
For 13-year-old, Salamatu Sulemana, the CBE program is her chance to get back to school. She dropped out of school at age 8 because her parents said they did not have money to cater for her education.
However, the CBE program gave orientation to parents including Salamatu’s and they are now willing to support her in whatever they can.
Despite her age, Salamatu does not think it is too late to start school from Primary 1.
She told Joy News “I am very happy they introduced this program. Now, some of us can go back to school and become better people in the future”.
Programmes Manager for Afrikids Ghana, said the NGO is doing more work to ensure girl-child education in the Pusiga district.