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Children from the school under the trees in the Northern Region Ghana receive better quality education as a result of USAID's work.
USAID/A. Kauffeld

USAID’s goal in education is to increase access to and completion of basic education, improve the quality of education, and improve and enhance communities’ abilities to oversee school administrations. By 2015, we will improve reading proficiency for at least two million Ghanaian children upon primary school completion. The approach emphasizes working with the Government of Ghana: more than half of the basic education program resources are implemented through government systems.

We support a community program that recruits and trains volunteers to teach in short-staffed rural schools. In 2013, USAID contributed to the country’s overall increase in primary school completion from 93 percent to 98 percent. We also provided scholarships to support the education of 7,000 girls, including 300 children with special learning needs. By partnering with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service we've increased English language skills. We also provide assistance to school construction and rehabilitation in 48 districts across Ghana.

To increase accountability, we support a national report card program that provides school- and district-level performance data to local communities. By providing more than 60 districts with financial and specialized technical support, we improve management, accountability and results. Lastly, because community involvement is critical to public education programs, we support efforts to increase the involvement of parents and other community members in advocating for high-quality education. 

Last updated: April 16, 2015

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