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Ghana: Transition and Persistence (TAP) Program

Donor: USAID
Grant Amount: $9,619,200
Project Dates: July 2010 to August 2013
Technical Areas Covered: Education


Project Summary:

The Transition and Persistence (TAP) program supports Ghana as it strives to meet Education for All goals on universal primary completion. While primary level enrollment rates in Ghana over the past decade have been among the fastest growing in the world, challenges remain in junior high school enrollment, particularly for girls. The TAP project aims to mitigate physical, social and economic barriers for continuing education. The 3-year TAP program aims to improve the teaching and learning environment in 156 target schools located in 13 districts of the country. Plan will improve the learning space and environment for almost 19,000 students. The project aims to increase the number of spaces available for Junior High School (JHS) enrollment in target districts. This shall be instrumental to projected increases in gross enrollment rates and JHS completion rates.

Plan will offer scholarships and additional training for teachers on topics such as pedagogy and ICT. Plan will also provide students with ICT and practical skills training and improve their overall academic performance with a special emphasis on math and English and promoting gender equity through targeted interventions addressing barriers unique to girls and boys. Plan will establish an affordable ‘minimum standard’ for JHSs. By raising JHSs to the minimum standards the TAP project will have a long term and sustained impact on enrollment and completion rates. The TAP project will employ two construction methods: 1) direct construction contracting approach to ensure school classrooms are uniform, well built, and delivered before the start of the 2011/2 school year; and 2) micro-grant approach to promote community ownership, SMC capacity and participation, sustainability, and cost-savings.

To address the array of often interrelated barriers, the project will address specific barriers identified that may prevent students from enrolling and completing JHS, including scholarships and distributing bikes. It shall leverage a number of co-curricular activities designed to increase the value of the education they receive by promoting the development of life skills including providing scaling up Aflatoun which promotes financial literacy and human rights, establishing girls’ football clubs, and increasing enrollment in the National Girls’ Camp, and rolling out the School to School Program linking US schools to Ghanaian JHS.