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2,078 school-dropouts to enter formal education

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 15:14

Over two thousand children have graduated from ActionAid Ghana’s Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme in the Mamprusi East District of the Northern Region.

Working with people living in poverty in our operational regions, ActionAid Ghana (AAG) prioritises education and access to quality education.

Many children across the country drop out of school for various reasons and without support, are unable to re-enter the formal education stream. Since education is a crucial factor when it comes to poverty, AAG implements a number of interventions to ensure access to education is available for all children.

One of such interventions is the Complementary Basic Education (CBE), which AAG implements in three districts; The Nanumba North district in the Northern Region and in the Atebubu and Banda districts in the Brong Ahafo region.

The CBE programme is an intensive 9-months out-of-school intervention that provides education in the local dialects for children between the ages of 8-14 years who have dropped out of school. The CBE programme aims to reintegrate out-of-school children into the education flow again.

File 38329A student receives her CBE certificate at the graduation ceremony


Funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFiD) as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with assistance from government, ActionAid has been implementing the third cycle of the CBE programme in the communities that have a high illiteracy and drop-out rates.

The CBE programme has the objective of ensuring at least a 50% enrolment of females in the programme.

Implemented in 66 communities with 85 classes, 425 local committee and School Management Committees (SMCs) and equipped with 85 facilitators in the Mamprusi East District, the Mamprusi East District CBE initially started with an 2,125 (1,211 girls, 914 boys) enrolment.

At the end of the course, 2078 (1182 girls, 896 boys) out-of-school children have been graduated and will go on to continue formal education at the primary school level equipped with life skills, numeracy and illiteracy knowledge.