In the course of Mbaasem’s work, the organization found low literacy rates in schools in Ghana, and decided to raise awareness on literacy and develop a literacy manifesto in line with the Women Manifesto.
The objective of development of the manifesto focuses primarily on what the stakeholders of the society must do to address literacy in Ghana. This project intends to move the discussion on literacy out of the educational framework.
Mbaasem seeks to play the role of leading the development and facilitating the gathering of inputs and issues that goes into the manifesto.
Mbaasem’s A Literacy Manifesto for Ghana will comprise of two major results areas:
- Development and Advocacy for Literacy and the Literacy Manifesto.
- Improvement of literacy amongst schoolchildren and literacy resource in three districts.
Mbaasem Foundation has so far completed the assessment and final selection of basic schools for the Mfantsiman and Shama districts.
The basic schools selected in the Mfantsiman district are:
- · Bishop Lemaire Anglican JHS
- · Daadaagua M/A JHS
- · Kyeakor Primary
- · Nkwanta Catholic JHS
And the basic schools selected in the Shama district are:
- · Shama Methodist JHS
- · Supomu Dunkwa Methodist Primary
- · Obinyimokyena D/A Primary
- · Inchaban D/A ‘A’ JHS
Training Officers of the education directorates in the districts will support the Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Mbaasem Foundation to organize bi-monthly non-residential workshops to the teachers in the selected schools and also for community stakeholders on improving literacy in the districts.
Training workshops are scheduled to start from February 23, 2014. Topics to be included in the training workshops for teachers may include:
- · Review of the English language readers
- · Teaching reading, e.g. phonological awareness
- · Activities designed to teach reading
- · Teaching writing
- · Activities designed to teach writing
- · Review of National Literacy Acceleration Programme (NALAP)
- · Formation of Reading and Writing clubs ― it’s organization and function
- · Drawing of Action plan
- · Monitoring and Evaluation of the programme ― class specific
- · Reporting procedure
From January 20, 2014, focus will be on consultations with more education stakeholders, duty-bearers, local governments, traditional authorities, Civil Service Organizations (CSO’s), the media, the private sector, and the general public for adequate input into the literacy manifesto.
Mbaasem Foundation is in partnership with some institutions and civil society organizations that provide that provide technical support for this literacy project. These include Shama District Education Directorate, Mfantsiman District Education Directorate, Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Library Authority, IADI, and Ghana Book Trust.