US Government Partners with Government of Ghana to Expand Reading Programs Nationwide

Ambassador Palmer hands over the books to the Minister of Education.

Accra, Ghana – On August 30, 2022, US Ambassador Virginia Palmer joined Hon. Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum to mark the handover of 3.7 million additional Basic English 1-3 teaching and learning materials including additional readers to the Ministry of Education. The materials will reach over 11,000 schools that have not yet received the materials. The materials are designed to enable teachers to deliver engaging and effective reading lessons and to improve students’ ability to read.

Ambassador Palmer said, “The US Government is pleased to support the Department of Education and its agencies by providing £3.7 million to over 11,000 schools across Ghana. We are delighted that these materials have been developed here in Ghana by Ghanaian writers, illustrators, designers and publishers, making them both relevant and engaging for students. Printing these books in Ghana has also created dozens of jobs and is contributing to prosperity in the United States and Ghana.

Through the Partnership for Education program, the U.S. government has increased the availability of quality materials in schools to improve teaching and learning and has provided more than 10 million learning materials to Ghana since 2014. Materials include teacher’s guides, books for students, extra level readers, and classroom materials, including alphabet cards and English word cards, all aligned with the new curriculum, for B1 grade levels , B2 and B3. The book donation represents an investment of $5 million, part of the overall US investment of nearly $100 million in education in Ghana over the past eight years.

The collaboration between USAID and the Ghana Ministry of Education is one of the key U.S.-Ghana partnerships supporting early reading learners in Ghana. Since 2014, working together, the U.S. government and the government of Ghana have trained more than 70,000 teachers, principals, and program leaders, and reached more than 750,000 students. The latest donation will increase the number of schools supported from 7,200 to more than 16,000 across Ghana.

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About USAID

USAID is the principal U.S. government agency working to end extreme poverty around the world and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s activities and strategic partnerships support Ghana’s journey toward self-reliance and a “Ghana Beyond Aid.” Our work advances an integrated approach to development. It promotes accountability, sustainable systems and inclusive development.

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