Getting Back to Kindergarten School Safely

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Key Information

As schools prepared to re-open in Ghana on the 18th January 2021, the Ghana Education Service launched the Back to School Campaign. As part of Sabre’s collaboration and support to the 12 districts that they work with across the Central, Western and Eastern Regions of Ghana, teachers and Ghana Education Service officers volunteered to visit communities to talk to parents/carers and other community members on the importance of children returning to school and COVID-19 safety to ensure children would be safe at school and at home.

They have also been delivering our COVID-19 response work since the summer, via the “Say, Sing, Shine” radio programme we were able to use the established network of radio stations to share key Back to School messages. We worked with the Ghana Education Service’s ‘Back to School’ team from the Girl Child and Guidance & Counselling Department at the district level, to share broadcasts to sensitise parents/carers and the general public on COVID-19 safety at schools and schools reopening guidelines.

In addition to the radio messaging, they have COVID-19 packs for kindergarten classrooms which include veronica buckets, liquid soap and hand sanitizer and they have produced information flyers and stickers for distribution across the 12 districts they work with. These materials share key safety messages and measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also used video to share safety messages, which they distributed across established WhatsApp groups with kindergarten teachers and Ghana Education Service officers, who are now sharing the video with their colleagues and parents of children in the schools they work in.


Lead Implementing Organization(s)

Location(s)

Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program

Years

2020 -

Partner(s)

Ghana Education Service

Ministry Affiliation

The Ghana Education Service (a government agency under the Ministry of Education)

Funder(s)

UK Aid

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Attainment

  • Primary enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Fathers, Girls (both in school and out of school), Mothers, Other caregivers, Other community members - female, Other community members - male

Age

Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Pre-school
  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs

Policy/legal environment

  • Raising awareness about existing laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents
  • Media campaigns

Water and sanitation

  • Improved water access

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved health - other