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Complementary Basic Education for Ghana /

  • Almost 250,000 children from disadvantaged communities back in education /
  • 90% of graduates back in formal schools /
  • Government of Ghana supported to deliver the CBE programme beyond our input /

Getting children back in to schools

Complementary basic education is an accelerated learning programme providing literacy and numeracy classes in the mother tongue to out-of-school children between 8 and 14 years of age. The classes are taught by volunteers in local communities over an intensive 9-month period, after which time many students re-enter the formal education system.

We have worked with the UK government to support the CBE programme from 2012-2018. USAID has contributed to the final two years of the programme.

Schoolchildren enjoying a lesson in rural Ghana.Getting girls into school

The CBE programme has a unique focus on getting girls into school in communities where girls education is not always prioritised. Half of the graduates of the programme are girls. In one district, Nanumba South, we were successful in forming four all-girl classes, getting 100 girls back into education.

Our fund and programme management approach

  • Managing the funds for the entire programme
  • Contracting and managing 10 local implementing partners
  • Strengthening local partners’ capacity to make sure that the programme has a life of its own past our input
  • Prioritising girls’ education – over 50% of CBE participants are girls, and women make up over 60% of the community management structure at local levels and over 20% of CBE facilitators are women