Reaching & Teaching OOSC in Ghana (REACH)

The EAC and Plan project, REACH is targeting 90,000 OOSC in the 22 poorest districts in the Northern, Upper West and Volta regions of the country where the need is greatest.

Core elements of the accelerated learning strategy include the mobilization and sensitization of families and communities underscoring the importance of education; establishment of School for Life (SFL) (basic education models that have been pioneered in Ghana) committees comprised of parents and community members to help oversee classrooms, track attendance, and organizing local support; recruitment and training of local facilitators, in collaboration with the SFL committees; and enrolment campaigns.  

The first strategic element, accelerated learning through SFLs, will include community mobilization, establishment of SFL committees, recruitment of local facilitators, and identification and enrolment of OOSC. The second strategic element, supporting the transition of SFL graduates to formal schools, will be accomplished via support for integration including assessments of individual students; bursaries to aid with transition to primary schools; training for upper primary teachers on OOSC-specific integration; and provision of learning materials. The third component, advocacy for increased government support of OOSC and improved quality of primary education, will engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to support facilitator training, development and provision of pedagogic materials, and monitoring of student progress. 

Collaboration with GES will also contribute to project sustainability, along with Plan’s ability to build the OOSC-focused capacity of key school and government personnel; coordination with ten organizations currently implementing OOSC-focused projects in Ghana; and Plan’s ability, as member of the Civil Society Group in Ghana, to advocate for parliament’s approval of the Complementary Basic Education Policy focused on brining OOSC into the formal system.


Plan International

Plan International has been working in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s, helping poor children to realise their right to health, education, food security and protection. EAC has partnered with Plan to ensure that hundreds of thousands of primary-school age children access quality education in Ghana and Uganda. Furthermore, EAC and Plan have collaborated to expand access to Speed Schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Through separate initiatives, EAC and Plan aim to reach 331,000 out of school children (OOSC) in Ghana, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.




Ghana is composed of three principal ecological zones: the Coastal Savannah, the Forest and the Northern Savannah (Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions). The country’s economy is bolstered by cocoa production and gold-mining, which occur primarily in the south. By contrast, the north has a harsher environment and is characterised by seasonal southward migration of workers and their families. Ghana’s north has the highest rates of poverty and illiteracy in the country.