This project's objective is to improve the quality of education in low performing basic education schools and strengthen education sector equity and accountability in Ghana. The project is funded by FCDO ($25.5 million) and the Government of Ghana ($4.5 million) and is processed as additional financing to the $150 million IDA Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP).
This additional financing aims to support out-of-school children (OOSC) to reintegrate into Ghana’s formal education system and improve learning outcomes. The operation will target approximately 75,000 OOSC in areas with the highest absentee and dropout rates, in districts historically deprived of a strong educational infrastructure, and in the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan district. In addition, approximately 120,000 students already enrolled in selected GALOP-beneficiary schools will benefit from strengthened interventions supported by service providers.
The AF will maintain a strong equity focus by setting a higher price for outcomes under the Education Outcomes Fund specifically for out-of-school girls. Further, service providers that can demonstrate strong capacity to provide interventions for children with disabilities will receive preferential weighting in the procurement process.
Procurement of the IVA, as well as service providers and investors for the rural component (lots 1-6) is nearly finalized, with contracts expected to be awarded by the end of FY22.
• Procurement for the urban component is ongoing and expected to be completed with contracts signed in Q1 of FY23.
• In FY22 the Management Unit within the Ghana Ministry of Education was set up and the communications strategy was developed.
• The project is on schedule to begin RBF-funded activities in Q2 of FY23. The Minister of Education has re-named the program as Ghana Education Outcomes Project to make it local and distinguish it from the Education Outcomes Fund globally.