Over 750 million of the world’s population cannot read and write. Out of that figure, 250 million have stepped into the classroom but are illiterate. In 2017, UNESCO and the World Bank indicated that "600 million children are in school but cannot read.”
The situation is not different in Ghana, where a study commissioned by the Ghana Education Service (GES) revealed that "only two percent of class two pupils in basic schools are proficient in reading"
Child Survival Aid Ghana’s (CSAG) core mission and vision of helping to transform the lives of needy children in Ghana through education, to help improve quality education, reading and writing among children in basic schools across the country, remains steadfast.
At the beginning of this year, CSAG initiated a project aimed at providing educational resources to targeted basic schools in Ghana. In partnership with local and international partners, this agenda was materialized.
On 10th October 2019, CSAG presented 6,000 assorted library books to the five heads (5) namely Kotobabi No.2 Cluster of Schools and Klango Cluster of Schools with combined population of 5000 pupils. The schools comprised three (3) Primary schools and two (2) Junior High Schools in the Tema West Municipal Assembly.
We can improve the literacy of some children, but we cannot reach all of Ghana’s children in need. Therefore, we want to advocate for extra support and attention to literacy in all schools in Ghana – to update their practices so that children can practically benefit from formal education.
Help us advocate for quality education for Ghanaian children and overall, boost the education system in Ghana. Support us to expand and continue to yield fruitful results in our projects, so that we can enrich reading and learning in basic education in Ghana.
Be part of this movement aimed at reforming literacy and education in Ghana. Learn more at http://www.csagchildghana.org/csag/.
Emmanuel A. Benedict is the Director of Child Survival Aid Ghana (CSAG), a registered non-profit and non-governmental organization established to help the education of underprivileged children in Ghana. As an organization, they focus on providing quality education to children in rural areas, to inspire their minds and improve lives by providing access to educational facilities and learning resources.
You can find them on Twitter (@csagchild), as well as Instagram and Facebook (@csagchildghana). For more information, Emmanuel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.