Afrikids Ghana to register CBE beneficiaries on NHIS
| Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 3:00am
The Country Director of Afrikids Ghana, Nicholas Kumah has announced plans by the NGO to register beneficiaries of the Complementary Basic Education, CBE onto the NHIS.
To this effect, Afrikids will be partnering the Department of Social Welfare and authorities of the NHIA to work out on modalities to hook the beneficiaries to the scheme.
According to Mr. Kumah, the proposed intervention forms part of measures by Afrikids to meet both the education and health needs of the beneficiaries.
Speaking at the climax of a 10-day refresher training for CBE facilitators in Bawku, Mr. Kumah said his outfit was determined to compliment the effort of the GES and will continue to pursue its advocacy activities to bring on board relevant stakeholders in targeted communities to assist in the effective implementation of the CBE program.
Radio Ghana’s Isaac Asare reports that the Complementary Basic Education, CBE, is a functional literacy program instituted by the government of Ghana and its development partners for children who are between the ages of 8-14 who are not in school to gain access to formal school through literacy classes using various local languages.
Funded by the UK DFID and USAID of the American People, the CBE program is geared at providing access to more out of school children and build government capacity to execute its mandated role in a sustainable manner.
According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, the country is said to be home to over a 120 thousand out of school children.
Interestingly, majority of these unfortunate children are from Northern Ghana with over 20 thousand coming from Upper East Region.
It was for this reason that government developed the CBE program, as a channel to get them into formal school after a period of complementary basic education.
The CBE project, however, works by forming community committees from which facilitators are trained to provide the transitional education.
Beneficiaries are made to attend classes with support from local but trained voluntary facilitators. These children are then supported by the GES, to enrol in schools at their respective localities.
However, the 10-day refresher training was to build the confidence of the facilitators and equip them with the necessary teaching skills to impart on the learners.
The Country Director of Afrikids, Mr. Nicholas Kumah, who was impressed with the level of professionalism exhibited by the facilitators said a lot will be done in the area of capacity training.
He acknowledged the continuous partnership of the GES and other implementing agencies and urged them to support the program to make it a success.
He said that in line with an evidence based program, a team of experts will be visiting the region in no time to assess the learning capacity of the learners and also ascertain their level of commitment to the program, hence the need for the facilitators to redouble their effort.
According to the Country Director, Afrikids Ghana is considering the provision of adequate resources to support in the successful implementation of the two-year project.
He later announced plans by Afrikids to register the CBE facilitators onto the NHIS in an effort to meet their health needs.
The Bawku municipality which includes Pusiga and Binduri Districts were introduced to the CBE program on December 3, last year.
Since then, beneficiaries have started attending classes training with the support of trained local facilitators.
The facilitators on have been made to undergo a 21-day training and are being equipped with the requisite skills and methodologies to handle the learners.
The ten-day refresher training was therefore used to equip them with bicycle, drums and other teaching and learning materials.
Speeches upon speeches impressed on the facilitators to live up to expectation and make judicious use of the resources given them. Joseph Azuntaba is the Bawku Municipal Director of Education.