Photo: Lotte Ærsøe

Every child has the right to education but in remote and scarcely populated areas, each community rarely has enough children to justify the high cost of setting up a full public school. Older children walk long distances to school but for their younger siblings, the road is often too long and dangerous, so many end up never getting an education.

The wing school project uses an innovative approach where local communities, civil society organisations, district assemblies, Ghana Education Service and Oxfam IBIS work together to establish so-called wing schools that provide basic education for the youngest through building of simple school structures, provision of materials, and training of volunteer teachers.

Administratively, wing schools are attached to a full public school in the area where the students can continue once they are big enough to travel the distance or live with relatives. The wing schools are managed by community teachers, who are trained to use learner centred and context-based teaching methods.

The wing schools started in 2007 as a project of the Alliance for Change in Education (ACE) – a consortium consisting of Ghana Friendship Groups in Denmark and School for Life (the Ghanaian counterpart); Danish Teachers’ Union; Ghana National Association of Teachers; district assemblies; Ghana Education Service (GES); and Oxfam IBIS.

The project has been a huge success with more than 10,000 children already enrolled in over 50 wing schools, some of which have been upgraded to full public schools. The Ghana Education Service has been so convinced by the results that it has committed to roll out wing schools across the country.

Partners: SONIDA, TIDA, CHOICE Ghana, EGOCSA, GNAT, NNED, Bagabaga College of Education, Gushegu and Karaga District Assemblies

Donors: Danida

Facts

  • From 2007 to 2013, 56 wing schools were set up in the districts of Gushegu and Karaga
  • More than 10,000 children have so far enrolled in these schools
  • 200 untrained teachers were recruited and trained in national curriculum and learner-centred teaching methods. They have also been supported to enroll in formal teacher colleges
  • 20 additional wing schools are being set up in East Gonja district through a grant from the Danida Christmas Calendar funds between 2013 and 2015

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