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16-year-old Ghanaian girl’s journey to literacy through Crown Agents complementary basic education /

Crown Agents CEO Fergus Drake and Chair Marie Staunton CBE joined an extraordinary young student on Ghanaian radio recently to discuss the impact of our complementary basic education programme.

Fergus and Marie joined Arahina, a high school student from a small rural community in Northern Ghana, on Citi FM in Accra on Thursday 28th June. Before the age of 12, Arahina didn’t attend school. Then the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded complementary basic education programme came to her community, and by the end of the 9-month programme she was top of her class. Now she is at secondary school and wants to be a food and nutrition teacher to educate others about good quality nutrition.

Student Arahina speaks into a radio mic
Arahina on Citi FM Radio

The radio appearance was part of a week of meetings and visits by Crown Agents Board to partners in Ghana. Members of the Crown Agents Board also met with two communities in Tolon and Kumbungu districts in Northern Ghana to celebrate the results of the CBE programme in their communities.

CBE has got almost 250,000 out-of-school children back into education. You can hear the radio interview here (2 hrs 37 minutes in).