500 CBE Cycle Five Pupils Graduate in Bawku West District-UE
| Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 4:49pm
A cross section of the graduands
About 500 complementary Basic Education (CBEs) Cycle five pupils have graduated in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.
It was sponsored and spearheaded by Link Community Development Ghana (LCD), a local NGO based in the Upper East Region.
The five hundred pupils are now ready to join the formal educational system come September, 2018 academic year.
This brings total number of CBEs pupils to 3,750 (three thousand, seven hundred and fifty) who have passed through the system and are now in the formal education since its inception in 2014-2015 in the district.
The CBE is a system that mops up children of school going age in the various communities shepherding cattle and other household chores, trained them for nine months in their mother tongue and deploy them to the formal school system.
In an interview with GBCghanaonline, the Desk Officer for the CBE in the Bawku West District, Alhassan Addisah Kuberah said the 5th cycle of the CBE this term is made up of 20 satellites classes in the respective communities, with an enrollment of 25 pupils mostly 10 boys and 15 girls in each class, handled by one facilitator selected from the community.
She indicated that the programme has made a lot impact in the district by creating the enabling environment for those unfortunate children the chance to education. She added that had it not been the CBE programme, such children would remain in the communities and grow up to become a burden to society.
In an address read on behalf the District Direct of Education, Cecilia Assibi Sumaila, she disclosed that, out of the number of pupils enrolled so far, there are still about 2,900 others in the communities that need similar attention. She therefore appealed to the Bawku West District Assembly, all stakeholders concern to support the programme by bringing those ones on board.
The Project Manager, Link Community Development, Joachim Faara, stated that, the goal of LCG Ghana is to ensure that every venerable child is in school, hence their effort at supporting the Ghana Education Service (GES) to run project in that regard.
Mr. Faara advised the pupils to be thankful to their parents for the opportunity given them to go to school and assured them that they will remain in school until they complete and become great men and women in future.
He expressed appreciation to the District Director of Education BWD, the community members and the facilitators especially for the sacrifices they made in training the children.
He however, hinted that CBE has technically ended in the country. A bicycle each was given to the 20 (twenty) facilitators by LCD Ghana for their effort.
Story by: GBC’s Emmanuel Akayeti