Reaching & Teaching OOSC in Ghana (REACH)
Core elements of the accelerated learning strategy include the mobilization and sensitization of families and communities underscoring the importance of education; establishment of School for Life (SFL) (basic education models that have been pioneered in Ghana) committees comprised of parents and community members to help oversee classrooms, track attendance, and organizing local support; recruitment and training of local facilitators, in collaboration with the SFL committees; and enrolment campaigns.
The first strategic element, accelerated learning through SFLs, will include community mobilization, establishment of SFL committees, recruitment of local facilitators, and identification and enrolment of OOSC. The second strategic element, supporting the transition of SFL graduates to formal schools, will be accomplished via support for integration including assessments of individual students; bursaries to aid with transition to primary schools; training for upper primary teachers on OOSC-specific integration; and provision of learning materials. The third component, advocacy for increased government support of OOSC and improved quality of primary education, will engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to support facilitator training, development and provision of pedagogic materials, and monitoring of student progress.
Collaboration with GES will also contribute to project sustainability, along with Plan’s ability to build the OOSC-focused capacity of key school and government personnel; coordination with ten organizations currently implementing OOSC-focused projects in Ghana; and Plan’s ability, as member of the Civil Society Group in Ghana, to advocate for parliament’s approval of the Complementary Basic Education Policy focused on brining OOSC into the formal system.