Objective


To improve the quality of education and retention of children, especially girls, in eight schools serving five rural communities and 3,300 children in Northern Ghana.

Background


Statistics indicate that the Northern Region is far behind in achieving quality education. For 2014 and 2015, only 43 percent of students made it to the final three years of Basic Education, with only 60 percent of these students finishing. The Northern Region also has the lowest level of girls enrolling in Junior High School. In the Savelugu-Nanton District and the West Mamprusi District—where CASE works—only 3.69 percent and 12.59 percent of students, respectively, passed the Basic Education Certificate of Education. Further, girls are performing much poorer academically than their male peers.

The Community Action and Support for Education (CASE) project continues off the work of previous projects that RAINS has completed in the past, including the Childhood Regained Project.

What we do


We work directly with our partner communities to reduce the economic and socio-cultural barriers that prevent children from attaining quality education.

Focus Areas


  1. Reduce child labour and socio-cultural barriers to education.
  2. Reduce poverty that drives child labour.
  3. Improve quality of teaching.
  4. Empower community members to be drivers of change in their own communities.
  5. Strengthen district level government institutions and assemblies to protect children from exploitative labour and abuse.

Strategies


The CASE Project is composed of numerous activities designed to directly target the economic and socio-cultural barriers that prevent children from receiving education. This includes:

  • Community dramas, discussions, and workshops on children’s rights.
  • Radio campaigns.
  • Transitional education for out-of-school-children.
  • Provision of uniforms and learning materials to children and textbooks to schools.
  • Training on making re-useable sanitary pads for girls.
  • Financial literacy and small enterprise training, including implementation of village saving and loan associations.
  • Training for teachers and District Supervisors on effective and inclusive learning methodologies.
  • Creation of children’s clubs to raise knowledge about their rights, gender issues, disability awareness, and for other activities.

Partnerships


  • Hope For Children
  • Northern Network for Education Development (NNED)
  • Government Agencies: The District Assemblies, The Ghana Education Service, the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Department of Children
  • Rural Banks: Gbagmarigu Community rural Bank, Borimanga Rural Bank
  • Community Radio: Eagle FM, Might FM
  • Community Leaders