Education is closely linked to virtually all dimensions of development- human, economic and social. An educated, technically skilled workforce is critical for long term economic growth. Expanding girl child education has positive effects on fertility, infant mortality and enrollment rates of the next generation.

Education is also a key to factor in improving governance as education empowers people, allowing them to develop critical thinking and life skills. Education for all requires bringing the benefits to every member of society, having special attention to girls, indigenous communities, and children living with disabilities, retention of children at risk, combined with multicultural and special education can redress inequities in education.

However, the following are the challenges faced in the realization of basic rights to education;

  • Poor school management system
  • Inadequate educational materials and structures
  • High illiteracy rate
  • Low enrollment and retention
  • Inadequate knowledge and poor implementation of educational policies
  • Poor livelihood and income status of parents
  • Low teacher-pupil ratio

To ensure sustainable quality basic education for all through active community participation.
  • To promote the enrollment and retention of all children of school going age in school.
  • To encourage parents to keep children in school especially the girl child and advocate for the implementation of the FCUBE policy
  • To advocate for the elimination of schools under trees, as well as making education more affordable and accessible to rural communities.
  • To assist communities and other educational stakeholders to mobilize educational resources for quality education.
  • To identify brilliant but needy children and assist them in their educational pursuit.
  • To promote girl child education.

Caring Volunteers Network education strategy for the next ten (10) years

It is important to state that, people are the real wealth of any nation and it is a fact that education enables them to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. It is widely agreed backed by research findings that education enhances people’s ability to make informed decisions, sustain a livelihood, adopt new technologies, be better parents, cope with shocks, be responsible citizens and effective towards the natural environment. The benefits of education go beyond the individual and the family, to economic prosperity, less poverty and deprivation. Countries with low levels of education remain in a trap of technological stagnation, low growth and low demand for education.

The first key strategy for Caring Volunteers Network in its operational areas will be to push, advocate and engage stakeholders in education to ensure the World Bank Mission for 2000 and updated in 2005 are attained.

  • That everyone completed a basic education of adequate quality end.
  • That they acquire foundation skills-literacy, numeracy, reasoning and social skills as team work.
  • That each person has further opportunities to learn advanced skills, through life, in a range of post-basic education settings.

The second strategy of Caring Volunteers Network will be to ensure that citizens benefit from holistic development or “general education”, this is also to enable the government integrated education into national economic strategies and thereby develop the holistic education system that is responsible to the socio-economic needs of Ghanaians.

The third strategy will be to advocate a shift in focus on learning which may be partly attained by more investments inputs such as more trained teachers, university professors, a better curriculum, and more learning materials but which also needs institutional changes in the education system to emphasize on the importance of getting governance arrangements, financing, incentives and accountability mechanisms and management to aligned with education goals.