How can we transform educational outcomes and overall life chances for children in Ghana?
It’s all about setting a strong foundation in early childhood.
What is this all about?
Preschool education is increasingly being recognised as a fundamental right. It contributes to good habits that give children a solid start to further education that leads to a life-long love of learning and contributes to their earning potential as adults. However, preschool education is not equitably distributed around the globe. In Ghana, many children do not have access to preschool education, much less high-quality education that will set a strong foundation for their future success.
In many classrooms, corporal punishment remains common, despite causing physical and psychological damage to children. Outdated teaching methods contribute to Ghana consistently ranking low on the global ladder for mathematics and science. Only 2% of Ghanaian children in their second year of primary schooling read with fluency and comprehension. It's predicted that 56% of Ghana’s human capital will go to waste in the next 18 years because of the poor quality of the country’s education system.
What is being done?
The good news is that the Ghanaian government has prioritised high-quality preschool education to improve overall education outcomes and ensure Ghana’s fast-growing economy has a skilled workforce to support its current rate of growth.
To address this urgent need, Foundation First was established in 2017 with the belief that every child has the right to a strong foundation for their education. We support preschool education reform in Ghana by providing transformational teacher support and development programmes in underserved schools. Our teacher support and development programme uses an innovative model classroom approach that gives teachers the practical tools to create an experiential and participatory learning environment in preschool classrooms.
What will it cost?
Providing quality preschool education doesn’t need to be expensive. We transform teachers’ approaches with practical, classroom-based techniques. The materials for our curriculum are affordable and locally available, and in many cases, may seem like rubbish. For example, teachers upcycle old bottles, tyres, and other objects to engage their students in hands-on, exploratory, and group-based activities.
Foundation First’s experienced team of education professionals will provide a training workshop for 100 teachers. The average teacher in Ghana has 36 students who will benefit from our work all year long. For £10,000, we can significantly improve 3,600 children’s educational outcomes and life chances in the first year alone.