Project information

School for Life

Poor teaching perpetuates poverty. Unfortunately in Ghana, thousands of children are held back by poor education. Four out of every five adults are illiterate .Teaching them to read and write will save them from a lifetime of poverty and give them the chance to make a success of their lives

April 2013 - April 2016

Charity information: Tzedek

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  • Need

    Need

    The Northern Region of Ghana has the highest levels of poverty in the country. While access to primary education is increasing, literacy rates are falling and the Basic Education Certificate pass rate among children in many districts of the north is in single figures. Most children belong to minority language groups. Taught in English with poor resources, they struggle to learn. Teachers lack training, resources and adequate support

    Solution

    This project will introduce sustainable changes to the teaching methods used in primary education system to help children to read and write. The project combines the introduction of mother-tongue, gender sensitive and child-centred teaching methods, giving teachers matching-resources, and strengthening on-going training and teacher supervision. Schools across 8 districts will have the capacity and support to deliver improved quality education on an ongoing basis.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    80% of the children participating in the project will have improved literacy and numeracy levels

    Activities

    » Evaluation work including ongoing monitoring of data. Schools and district leaders will advocate the programme to the regional leadership

    evaluation work including ongoing monitoring of data. Schools and district leaders will advocate the programme to the regional leadership


  • Impact

    Impact

    The literacy rates in Northern Region Ghana will improve, helping a generation break the cycle of poverty. This project will introduce sustainable changes to the teaching methods used in primary education system; therefore strengthening the exisiting educational strucutres rather than creating new ones.

    Risk

    There is a risk that schools and the Ghanian education system could not engage with the proposal. However, a six month mapping-and-scoping project and subsequent pilot project identified issues and resolved them.

    Reporting

    Donors and supporters will receive updates from the Tzedek website, monthly newsletters and impact reports

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,992 Staff Costs Trainers for teachers and regional development
      £11,012 Learning Materials Teaching materials to improve lessons
      £16,217 Training costs To deliver training across Northern Ghana
      £9,779 Stakeholder Meetings Liaising with authorities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £40,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The Northern Region of Ghana has the highest levels of poverty in the country. We chose the marginalized Northern Region because literacy rates drop as one goes north from the capital Accra. While access to primary education is increasing, literacy rates are falling and the Basic Education Certificate pass rate among children in many districts of the north is in single figures. Most children belong to minority language groups.

    Beneficiaries

    Beneficiaries include 40,000 children in class 1 (aged 5-6), class 2 (aged 6-7), and class 3 (aged 7-8). All the children live and attend school in marginalised minority-language communities in Northern Region, Ghana.
    All the teachers we will be working with live and work in marginalised minority-language communities. The training is life changing and an investment in them as career teachers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tzedek exists to support partners in the developing world to alleviate poverty. We raise awareness and money from within the British Jewish community to this end. We work to convene all the organisations in geographic proximity working in similar areas to share best practice and network as the project progresses. We will have staff in Ghana able to support the above. These staff do not appear in the budget. As this will be a core function of Tzedek.

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    People

    Tzedek Staff

    Supporting the co-ordination and project delivery