SURVEY REPORT ON KINDERGATTEN EDUCATION LAUNCHED IN BONGO

Education has been described as a necessary conveyor belt to success because getting it right, especially from the very basics like the Kindergarten (KG) level, brightens one’s chances for high academic achievements.

 

According to the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo in the Upper East Region, Mr Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga, education developed the personality of people, provided positive physical and mental standards and transformed the lives and status of people, adding that “we are incomplete without a good education because education makes us right thinkers and thus, correct and accurate decision makers”.

 

Mr Ayamga noted that the brain in early childhood took after whatever the environment and immediate surroundings presented and that it was the responsibility of Government and other stakeholders in education to create the right learning space for all children, education being the fundamental right of everyone.

 

He underscored the importance of an effective curriculum in early child education as it encouraged and developed language and vocabulary skills, often through play and formal instruction.

 

He stressed the need for good social skills as well as the morals and values of the society to be inculcated in children at their early ages in order for them to grow up  to become persons of substance.

 

Mr Ayamga’s views were contained in an address delivered on his behalf at a stakeholders’ meeting in Bongo to outdoor findings of a Citizen Report Card Survey conducted in 2016 by the Community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC), a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) headquartered in Bolgatanga, with support from other partners.

 

On the status of kindergarten education in the District, the DCE disclosed that a total of 7,479 children, comprising 3,813 boys and 3,666 girls, were currently enrolled in KGs across the district.

 

He pledged the Assembly’s resolve to give teachers proper motivation as well as provide them with adequate teaching and learning materials to enable them give off their best.

 

Mr Bride Apania, President of the Past and Present Assembly Women’s Association (PPAWA), who presented the survey findings, explained that the overall aim of the survey was to assess the impact of the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG) project on the quality of KG education from the perspective of service users in the Bongo District.

 

The survey, she said, also examined at the extent to which parents and the communities got involved in early childhood education.

 

Among the key findings of the survey were that KG children’s school attendance was regular in the area with fewer instances of absenteeism; that parents had a high appreciation of a positive impact on their children’s development; and that considerable differences were found to exist among the communities regarding the availability of KG services.

 

The survey found out, for instance, that in Kangkoo community, KG pupils attended classes under trees and that eight out of every 10 KGs were not covered by the Ghana School Feeding Programme, while others lacked physical facilities such as play grounds, potable water and appropriate toilets and urinals for boys and girls.

 

Mr Apania, therefore, appealed to the Assembly to quickly mobilize funds for the construction of appropriate child-friendly facilities at the various KGs while additional efforts should be made to put up KG blocks in underserved communities where children were schooling under tress.

 

She also urged teachers and other KG school authorities to give regular feedback on the performance of the children to their caretakers and parents.

 

In his remarks Mr Duncan Nsoh, District Director, Ghana Education Service, Bongo, disclosed that Ministry of Education would be  rolling out a model plan for the construction and furnishing of KG school infrastructure throughout the country to incorporate all facilities needed to give young children an all-round development.

 

Mr Nsoh commended the Bongo District Assembly for using funds from its Common Fund whenever the releases were received to provide KG school infrastructure in the District, although the numbers were still inadequate.

 

In another development, CODAC also held a similar engagement meeting, last Monday, with some selected political parties in the Bongo Constituency to assess the parties’ commitment towards putting women in charge of some of their party executive positions. That meeting also sought to identify the gender gaps in the political parties and to solicit the views of stakeholders to effectively address the challenges.

 

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)