12 November 2012

Ghana: Gov Secures $75 Million for Rural Education Dev't

Government of Ghana has secured a $75m grant from the Global Partnership for Education to enhance education delivery in deprived communities across the country.

The amount is also intended to improve quality of teaching and learning, teacher motivation, research and purchase of supplementary for teaching.

Minister for Education, Ambassador Lee Ocran, made the announcement at Ho in the Volta Region when he handed-over locally assembled RLG laptops and accessories to basic schools in the region.

280 basic schools in the region will share a total of 6,720 laptops with each school getting a set of 24 laptops, a trolley and other accessories.

The laptops for schools is part of the basic school computerization project being implemented by the Ministry of Education and RLG Communications with funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) with the aim of improving teaching and learning in general and promotion of ICT literacy in particular.

The ceremony was attended by municipal and district chief executives, directors of education, school heads and a large number of school children. Similar events have been held in the Eastern and Brong Ahafo regions.

The Minister said $75m grant will be used to support quality education delivery in 57 selected districts beginning next academic year.

He also announced government has signed an agreement with RLG Communications to train 65,710 teachers nationwide on computer literacy, programming and applications to enhance the teaching of ICT in schools.

The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ametepe paid tribute to late President Prof. Evans Atta Mills for conceiving the project and pledged the NDC government will do everything possible to ensure its sustenance.

He described as bold attempt government's decision to place emphasis on quality instead of quantity in its education agenda. The Minister later inspected a newly refurbished computer at Ho Kpodzi Junior High School.

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