The Ghana Education Service (GES) has launched the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Policy Framework.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Policy Framework was launched by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES), with support from UNICEF to accommodate the educational needs of all kindergarten- school-going age pupils.
The Policy is to brace the Early Childhood Education (ECE) department to advance the developmental growth (physical; cognitive; psychosocial, emotional) of all 4- 5-year-olds including children with special education needs, and those with special needs.
Besides, the Chairman of the GES Council, Mr. Michael Nsowah in opening remarks expressed his joy to chair the program. In his speech, he says; “if we are to provide quality education for the Ghanaian child, it begins with the early childhood.”
In attendance, the UNICEF country representative, Anne Claire Dufay congratulated the MoE and GES for their leadership in conveying a comprehensive policy framework, which includes directives, guidelines, and cost monitoring and evaluation plan.
Also, she applauds Ghana in response to the needs of children and their right to education, protection, and participation. She said; “Ghana is the leader in preprimary education in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Her Excellency, the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana in her speech said, Early Childhood Education is non-negotiable. Hence, she is committed to the education of the young Ghanaian child. Therefore, the government is I support and ensuring that it is achieved.
In summary, the Hon. Deputy Minister-designate for education, Rev. Ntim Fordjour speaking on behalf of the Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said that, the minister for education believes strongly and is committed to the pursuit of early childhood education.
He further said that the policy is essential for the growth of the child as it will position them well for their primary, secondary, and tertiary education and enable them to make meaningful contributions toward nation-building.
Hon. Rev. Ntim Fordjour inaugurated a National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Education (NaSCECE) who would be responsible to offer the needed technical support for the effective implementation of the ECE Policy and to strengthen the sub-sector.