Ghana Education Partnership
The Big Win:
The 2013, Ghana’s National Educational Assessment (NEA) found that approximately two-thirds of students who complete primary education were doing so without proficiency in mathematics and English. Recognizing that remedial education and repetition are expensive, Ghana is revising its curriculum, targeting foundational education where the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) proficiency at the end of the second year of primary school (P2) is now 2%. The Minister of Education has set a goal of ensuring that 70% of children at the P2 level are proficient in literacy and numeracy by 2030.
With the potential to reach 600,000 – 1 million students entering the education system each year, the effort is poised to radically change the prospects of children in Ghana, and of the country as a whole. The impact of improved cognitive skills on economic growth is significant. Countries with higher average scores on cognitive tests have experienced on average a full 1% higher growth rate annually.
The Ghana – Big Win Partnership
Under the leadership of Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana has developed a visionary plan to overhaul its education system and launch a modern curriculum that prepares students to succeed in a rapidly-changing workforce.
As laid out in the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2018-2030, the government of Ghana is driving education reform in recognition of its positive impact on cross-sector national development and economic prosperity.
Big Win is currently working with the government in the planning stages of the curriculum roll-out to ensure that it has a baseline and dashboard to monitor and ensure quality implementation of the intervention when it is launched in September 2019. Big Win will continue to work with the government as it seeks to deliver the program.
Big Win's Support
Big Win will work with Minister Prempeh and the Government of Ghana to aid in their implementation of a standard-based curriculum that is relevant, efficient, effective and sustainable.
Big Win’s initial participation will focus on the introduction of management tools that will enable the Government of Ghana to robustly monitor and track outcomes and to ensure that teaching and learning processes are continuously improved. Specific support is expected to include a baseline study prior to implementation of the new primary school curriculum, as well as a dashboard and accompanying robust monitoring system to track implementation of the new curriculum and other reforms that directly influence learning outcomes, such as teachers’ attendance, time on task, and use of daily lesson plans.
Minister Prempeh took part in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program early in his tenure, and he has credited the program for setting him on the right trajectory to deliver on his education priorities. Since his time at Harvard, he has emerged as one of Ghana’s most successful ministers, most notably delivering within one year the President’s promise of free Secondary education for all.