USAID partnership for education Learning, a project designed to support the Ministry of education and Ghana Education Service to improve reading performance in public schools, has received stationery valued at about GH₵100,000 from BIC International to support basic education nationwide.
Formal education remains the vehicle for social-economic development and social mobilization in any society, which has not been so in Ghana, because, available data shows that many pupils lack basic education materials thus hindering their ability to fully participate in the education process.
According to The Business Development Manager for BIC, George Nkonsah, “since we are a stationery company, we are interested in anything that has to do with literacy so we donating these 100,000 BIC evolution pencils is just our way of giving back to society and supporting education in the country and the donation will go a long way to support basic education in the country.”
The Chief of Party for The USAID partnership for the Education Learning Activity, Guitele Nicoleau, however, expressed gratitude for the donation indicating the items will help in improving teaching and learning in over 7200 schools.
“As we go round we gather that most pupils lack education materials and are therefore unable to participate in the reading program so we plan to distribute the pencils and other materials before school starts to help the kids”. MS Guitele said.
The USAID Partnership for Education Learning Program will support the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to improve reading and writing for an estimated 1.1 million pupils in KG, P1 and P2 through a systematic phonetics based approach to reading and will also include training and coaching for approximately 30, 00 teachers, head teachers and curriculum leads in phonetics based approach to reading.