Northern Ghana is the most poverty endemic area in Ghana with limited natural resource endowment for alternative viable livelihood opportunities, but human resource development through education has promised the greatest opportunity out of poverty. However, about 48% of children in remote and hard to reach communities are denied their right to quality education due to several factors including poor school infrastructure, weak educational governance structures, teacher’s indiscipline and cultural barriers among others.

Key among the challenges hindering education is the malfunctioning of the governance and accountability systems. Precisely the PTAs and the SMCs do not have the required capacity to ensure that teachers and all other stakeholders involved in quality education delivery are working effectively. The lack of capacity by the regional education authorities to provide adequate monitoring and supervision of teacher has led to teachers’ absenteeism, especially in deprived rural communities. This has culminated in dwindling education performance especially in the northern region. For example the Savelugu-Nanton Basic Edcuation Certificate Examination performance rates stood at 52% in 2009 47% in 2010 and 21% in 2011. This Poor quality education delivery is restraining children from progressing to higher levels of educationa within the formal system.

In addressing these challenges, RAINS in collaboration with RUMNET is implementing a project dubbed “Improving Educational Governance and Accountability in Northern Region (IEGA)” under the auspices of STAR Ghana. The purpose of the project is to work with all relevant stakeholders in the education subsector, including the media and the various CSOs to strengthen educational governance and management, so as to ensure quality education delivery in the three districts and one municipality within the Northern Region of Ghana. Namely,Zamashegu and Wantugu in Gushegu District; Moglaa and Langa in Savelugu-Nanton Municipality; Diibisi and Bulbia in West Mampurisi District; and Pishegu and Tuuyini

Specifically, the project seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Revive and ensure effective functioning of district and community education structures in the three districts and municipality
  • Facilitate the formation of district level CSO platforms in education to engage effectively with district service providers in a concerted manner including facilitating dialogue among key stakeholders
  • Strengthen performance of district level educational sub-structures in areas of supervision, monitoring, management and accountability
  • Increase media engagement and coverage of educational issues in northern region.
  • Strengthen advocacy for improved conditions in the education sub sector in the three districts and municipality involving all the various stakeholders, including the local people themselves.