Annual SHS Forum on SDGs Ghana 

To promote youth involvement in Agenda 2030 in Ghana, MPA in collaboration with UN Youth Ghana, launched the maiden Annual Senior High School (SHS) Forum in October 2018 on the SDGs which brought together over 4,000 students from different SHSs to enlighten them on the 17 SDGs and to discuss the roles they can play in attaining the goals of the SDGs. Ghana’s Minister of Gender, Deputy Minister of Education, UNAIDS country rep and Reps from the Global Peace Forum took turns to enlighten these students on the SDGs.

MPA is also in partnership with a number of student groups in Ghana including Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG), National Union of Students (NUGS) and Association of African Students Union (AASU) with the aim to activate young people to contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Mobile School Report Card 

MPA entered into partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to scale up the mobile School Report Card (mSRC) to cover all basic schools in the country. The mSRC provides a digitized end-to-end process for collecting real time data concerning pupils, teachers, resources and overall management at the school level. It aims to help generate reliable, quick and up-to-date data on key educational indicators at individual school levels for better planning and decision making. This is to help improve the teaching and learning process in the Basic Schools in Ghana.

As part of the partnership, MPA will assist the GES to map all basic schools in Ghana so that schools under trees as well as those with poor infrastructure will be identified and prioritized. This will enable the GES to know at the click of a button, location of all these schools and to strategize on how to assist each with a modernized school infrastructure.

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MPA and GES are also collaborating to develop the Mobile Handheld and ICT Policy framework for the mSRC. The policy guideline is primarily to enable the GES address operational challenges regarding the ownership, usage, security of data, maintenance, loss, damage, disposal and monitoring of MHDs to improve education at all levels.

Infrastructure Mapping of Schools

The current status of the mSRC initiative provides several information on pupils, teachers, and management. However, information on the physical structure and distribution of schools is not provided with the current status of the mSRC.  To meet the data needs of the schools, it is important to know where schools are located in relation to where primary school aged children live, whether children live far away from the schools or not. Given this scenario, MPA will work with the GES in the coming months to embark on a mobile phone-based school mapping exercise (hereafter referred to as the “baseline facility inventory”) to obtain up-to-date information on the infrastructure and the distribution of primary schools in the country. MPA will join hands with Ezira to setup a database platform for real-time infrastructure-level data needed for local level planning and decision-making.

Kuapa Kokoo Back to School Programme

MPA-Ghana is partnering Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union (KKFU) to rollout a “Kuapa Kokoo Back to School” initiative aimed at ending child labour in cocoa growing areas and bringing children back to schools. The intervention will provide support for the construction of school facilities, supply of teaching and learning materials, as well as promote girl child education.

One Laptop per Child

This was an intervention initiated by MPA-Ghana, Government of Ghana (GoG) and One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) to purchase and distribute 10,000 laptops to pupils to develop the capacity of Ghanaian youth in ICTs and enhance the usage of computers in schools.

Connect To Learn 

The Connect to Learn (CTL) initiative provided information and communication technology (ICT) support in the form of computer deployment and internet to beneficiary schools in the Amansie West district to promote effective teaching and learning in secondary schools. This special program also awarded scholarships to female students to get more girls in secondary schools.