SCHOOL FOR LIFE IS ACTIVELY PURSUING OUR GOALS IN COLLABORATION WITH PARTNERS AND NETWORKS
The School for Life programme since its inception in 1995, has implemented several projects with sponsorship from a number of partners. From 1995 to 2010, School for Life operated a functional literacy programme for out of school children and this was operated as a single project sponsored by DANIDA. Between 2000 and 2014, several other partners joined the list of partners and sponsored various projects.
Besides donors who have supported projects managed by School for Life, other local civil society organizations partnered with School for Life in implementing projects.
The list of partners include:
Ghana Friends (GV) is an independent non-political and non-governmental organization whose purpose it is to develop friendship and cooperation between friendship groups in Denmark and Northern Ghana. GV is the first School for Life partner and has been the major donor for more than twenty years. Through DANIDA, GV has single handedly funded functional literacy programme since 1994/95 in service delivery up to 2003.
This provided nine months literacy in mother tongue to out-of-school children between the ages of eight and fourteen. Additional support such as educational infrastructure like classroom blocks, teachers' quarters and classroom furniture were provided to schools in the programme area. From 2003, new focus areas such as Capacity building, Mainstreaming; Replication and Advocacy were added to service delivery.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) came on board to sponsor School for Life activities from 2004 to 2008 through the Education Development Center (EDC), to replicate the functional literacy programme in nine districts in the three northern regions. This was carried out in a project known as Education Quality for All (EQUALL).
The department for International Development (DFID) joined the list of School for Life's partners in 2008 when the EQUALL project came to an end. At the end of the project in 2008, the project had served only one literacy cycle in three districts, Jirapa, Nadowli and Bawku West.
Technically, School for Life does not encourage providing only one cycle of functional literacy in a district, as it does not contribute significantly to reducing the out-of-school children situation. School for Life therefore explored the possibility of getting funding to continue in the three districts. Fortunately, DFID which had been following School for Life's performance with keen interest stepped in to provide funds to continue the programme in the three districts including Central Gonja district for three years (2008 to 2012).
The project was known as Literacy for Life Change Project (LLCP). DFID has supported School for Life to implement complementary basic education since then. From 2013 to 2015, DFID is supporting the Government of Ghana (GoG) to implement the Complementary Basic Education Policy in four regions, with School for Life providing technical support for the inception phase and also doing direct implementation in nine districts (eight districts in the Northern Region and one in the upper West Region).
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has over the past three years funded the implementation of complementary basic education (CBE) in Savelugu/Nanton district.
UNICEF also funded School for Life's technical team to support Afram Plains Development Organization and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrim (KEEA) districts to implement complementary basic education in Kwahu North and South districts and KEEA district.
Tzedek became part of the list of School for Life partners in 2012 and supported School for Life to pilot the activities of the Education Quality Initiative Project (EQUIP) in Saboba and Chereponi Districts in the Northern Region of Ghana.
In scaling up the activities of the Project, Tzedek in 2013 joined hands with Comic Relief to co-fund the Project. The main aim of the project is to contribute significantly to improving quality education in Ghana through collaboration with key stakeholders in Education. Most importantly, the Project aims at equipping teachers in very deprived schools with the requisite pedagogical skills to enable them support pupils to achieve the required learning outcomes. The Project is currently found in four districts (Saboba, Chereponi, Savelugu/Nanton and Kumbungu) in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Teach2Teach International (T2T) challenges poverty and inequality by expanding access to quality education, vocational training and inspiring leadership for social justice in Ghana’s most poverty affected, remote communities. Since August 2019, T2T's Community Volunteer Teacher programme - delivered in partnership with School for Life - has trained quality primary school community volunteer teachers in two districts in northern Ghana, in the heart of local communities, to widen access to education for marginalised groups, raise literacy, numeracy and teaching standards, as well as provide valuable skills and employment opportunities to local young people.
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The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1987 to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Hosted by the Government of Canada with headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia, COL is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning.
COL’s greatest impact is in supporting efforts to provide Commonwealth citizens greater access to quality education and training through open, distance and technology-enabled learning, thereby allowing them to benefit from improved livelihoods, greater gender equity and overall economic, social and cultural development leading to sustainable development.
COL is committed to promoting equitable access to quality lifelong learning for all – believing, in effect, that access to learning opportunities will lead to progress in achieving sustainable development.
COL is supporting School for Life to implement the Parental Learning for Uninterrupted Schooling (PLUS) Project. PLUS targets 40 marginalised communities in two districts (Kumbungu and Nanton Districts) of Northern Ghana, to support parents, mostly non-literate to effectively support and involve in the learning of their children in order to enhance learning outcomes. Approximately 3600 parents are targeted to impact about 7,315 learners (4,459 boys and 2,856 girls) in upper primary and junior secondary school level over a 3-year period (from 2021-2023). Parent-Teacher collaborative platforms will also be fostered through this project.
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NETWORKS & AFFILIATIONS
School for Life operates under Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA) our mother organization and works closely with the Government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Ministry of Education (MoE) as a partner in assuring quality education for all. At a District Level, School for Life works with Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, as well as traditional authorities and community leaders to ensure programs are run in partnership with communities
COMPLEMENTARY BASIC EDUCATION (CBE) ALLIANCE
School for Life is the lead organisation the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Alliance, a nationwide association of seventy five organisations and individuals founded in November 2010 and aimed at advocating for and partnering with the Government of Ghana (GoG) to Complementary Basic Education Policy. This policy would see the commitment of resources to support the nationwide implementation of CBE models including School for Life CBE Programme and the IBIS led Wing school model.
The Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Alliance is concerned with ensuring that all out of school children are enrolled in school and enjoy their right to quality basic education.
A literate society where all school age children enjoy their right to quality basic education, and ultimately contribute to the betterment of Ghana.
We are the mouthpiece of out of school children whose right to quality basic education is under threat; working in collaboration with like-minded agencies-state and non-state- we exist to ensure the full implementation of the CBE policy, ensuring that all school age children, irrespective of their geographical location or social circumstance, enjoy their right to quality basic education.
The CBE Alliance meets monthly to coordinate advocacy and capacity building across the network. Organisations seeking to join the CBE Alliance should contact Fuseini Abdul Rahim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHERN NETWORK FOR EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT
The Northern Network for Education Development is a registered Civil Society initiative in collaboration with the Regional Directorates of Education and Houses of Chiefs. The network came together to address challenges to educational development and to ensure that the Education For All (EFA) commitments are fulfilled in the three northern Regions of Ghana.
NNED seeks to harmonise and harness the collective efforts of all people with interest in Northern Ghana to mobilise their energy and resources to address challenges to education development in these regions.
SfL is an active member of NNED and participates in the activities of the network. The network provides an opportunity further strengthen SfL work in education and to link up with other stakeholders in the sector.
GHANA NATIONAL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN COALITION (GNECC)
The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) is a network of civil society organisations, professional associations, educational and research institutions, and others interested in promoting quality basic education for all.
Formed in 1999, the coalition has steadily grown over the years with a current membership of over 100 organizations. GNECC ascribes to the idea of education as a fundamental human right and the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
With the Northern Network for Education Development (NNED), GNECC’s partner in Northern Ghana, the Coalition aims to achieve free and universal quality basic education. Since its inception, GNECC has been in the forefront of the campaign for the attainment of Education for All (EFA) Goals in Ghana.