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USAID supports education transparency, accountability in northern region

Date published: Saturday, 2nd April 2016

US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has voted $648,000 to help promote transparency and accountability in education in the Northern region of Ghana.

US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, launched the “Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Education” activity at the Northern Network for Education Development (NNED) headquarters in Tamale.

Ambassador Jackson and NNED Executive Committee Chair, Rosemond Kumah, signed a co-operative agreement for the 18 months duration of the programme.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Accra, said the initiative would be implemented by the NNED, focusing on 200 schools in 25 districts in the region.

Below is the full press statement

United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, launched the “Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Education” activity at the Northern Network for Education Development (NNED) headquarters in Tamale, Ghana on April 1, 2016.

At the event, Ambassador Jackson and NNED Executive Committee Chair Rosemond Kumah signed a cooperative agreement for the 18-month, $648,000 USAID activity, which will be implemented by NNED.

Through the activity, USAID will support NNED’s continuing efforts to promote greater accountability, focusing on 200 schools in 25 districts in northern Ghana. NNED is a Ghanaian non-governmental organization, which works to increase the quality of and access to education in northern Ghana through advocacy, resource mobilization, and harmonization of stakeholder efforts. NNED will draw on its large networks of educational stakeholders to facilitate greater involvement by civil society organizations and community members in the management of educational resources and to provide support and promote further accountability of 250 Ghana Education Service district managers in northern Ghana. 

“NNED is a critical partner for us in our efforts here in the north,” said Ambassador Jackson at the launch. “With NNED’s extensive networks and considerable experience working to improve education here in northern Ghana, I am confident we will make great gains in ensuring every child in even the most remote villages receives the education they deserve.” 

The goal of USAID/Ghana’s education program is to ensure that children are given the foundational skills to read with understanding in the early grades of primary school. USAID’s activities in Ghana improve the quality of reading instruction, strengthen the management of educational institutions, improve accountability and transparency between parents, schools and local government, and help communities contribute to student and teacher performance.

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