The USAID Partnership for Education: Learning (Learning) activity supports Ghana's Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and affiliated institutions to improve reading performance for pupils in public primary schools. Learning, implemented by FHI 360, consists of four programs:
- The Early Grade Reading Program (2017-2019) provided training and materials to more than 51,000 GES staff, benefiting 707,843 pupils
- The Transition to English Program (2019-2020) reached more than 18,000 pupils in 230 schools
- The National Radio Reading Program (2020-2021) reached 1.6 million pupils during school closures caused by COVID-19
- The Transition to English Plus Program (2020-2023) targets more than 800,000 early grade pupils
After three years of successful classroom-based work, FHI 360 pivoted in 2020 to support the ministry and GES in addressing the academic, health, safety and social protection needs of children affected by pandemic-related school closures. Learning and the GES launched the National Radio Reading Program to improve English reading and language skills and knowledge in Ghanaian languages for pupils in kindergarten through grade 4. To date, hundreds of unique lessons have been written, 5 million low-cost worksheets to support English reading were distributed to 1.6 million children nationwide and broadcasts are ongoing.
Learning is supporting the ministry’s back-to-school agenda by extending the National Radio Reading Program and Transition to English Program through 2023 in a new phase known as Transition to English Plus. This program provides pupils with remediation to successfully transition after extended pandemic-related school closures.
FHI 360’s Learning team continues to support the ministry and GES with systematic, phonics-based reading instruction in more than 5,000 schools nationwide supplemented by radio lessons broadcast in classrooms and on regional and community radio stations to ensure inclusivity and accessibility.