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Ghana: Transition and Persistence (TAP) Program

Donor: USAID
Grant Amount: $9,619,200
Project Start Date: July 1, 2010
Project End Date: November 30, 2013
Technical Areas Covered: Education


Project Summary:

The Transition and Persistence (TAP) project was a three-year (2010-2013), $9.4 million education project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The TAP project aimed to increase junior high school (JHS) enrollment and completion rates in 156 JHSs across 13 districts in four regions (Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, and Greater Accra). Plan collaborated with the Ghana Education Service (GES), the district education offices (DEOs), USAID, and local community leaders to achieve the project’s three main objectives:

  • Increase the number of improved spaces available for JHS enrollment in targeted districts through building new facilities or rehabilitating existing facilities.
  • Increase JHS enrollment in targeted districts by improving teacher quality; strengthening district level GES oversight; providing more diverse and innovative educational opportunities for children; promoting community involvement and ownership of the school improvement plan (SIP) process; and creating incentives and rewards for teachers, children, and communities to improve performance.
  • Increase JHS completion rates by institutionalizing the processes and systems that are used to increase enrollment.
The project’s Final Evaluation, conducted by Associates for Change (AfC), found that the TAP project and activities resulted in increasing the number of learning spaces and improving physical infrastructure. In addition, there was evidence that the project reduced socioeconomic barriers to JHS enrollment and completion for pupils. The Final Evaluation revealed that the TAP project was a highly valued intervention by teachers, communities, and children. The Girls’ Camps and Football for Development (F4D) clubs stood out as two key TAP activities, in terms of both their frequency of being mentioned and their impact on the project’s goal. By the end of the project, TAP schools showed cumulative enrollment growth of 10.7 percent, with a higher increase for girls (14.2 percent) than boys (7.8 percent), compared to the cumulative decline of -31.2 percent in non-TAP schools in the 13 districts.