Global action week 2012 launched
Mr. Bright Appiah, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) and a Board member of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), has launched the Global Action Week (GAW) 2012, with a call on parents, teachers, care givers, civil society and government to help transform the Early Childhood Education system in Ghana.
He said according to the Ministry of Education Report (2012), the number of public kindergartens had grown by 40 percent, putting pressure on resources for improving quality whilst by a World Bank Report of 2011, 94 percent of kindergartens have fewer classrooms with the large majority of rural schools having only one kindergarten classroom.
Mr. Appiah made the call in an address delivered at the launching ceremony, pointing out that participation in pre-school remained low in Ghana, especially among children who need it most.
He said the right to early childhood care and education is critical to securing other rights, such as the right to health and civic participation.
Mr. Appiah added that good quality early childhood programmes should incorporate elements of learning, health and nutrition and that there are significant costs for individuals and societies, as well as the effectiveness and equity of education systems are undermined if children failed to develop their linguistic, cognitive and social skills in early childhood.
The GAW is an initiative of the GCE during which pertinent issues on education are discussed at all levels and practical solutions offered to address the challenges facing the education sector.
This year, the GAW is being celebrated in Ghana with the focus on quality early childhood care and education and with the slogan: ‘Rights from the start—Early Childhood Care and Education Now!’
Care and education in early childhood (0-8 years) is enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560) and the 2004 Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Policy. Ghana is also a signatory to the Education for All (EFA) Programme and the Millennium Development Goals which recognize ECCD as critical to development.