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What we do

Children, Ghana

Child-friendly school environments are helping children to succeed

Plan’s work in Ghana covers 3 core areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child:
  • quality education
  • economic security and health
  • child protection

Quality education

This programme focuses on quality basic education with emphasis on improved retention, completion, and performance. Plan Ghana also supports initiatives to improve transition into secondary school, especially through our scholarship programmes. The programme further emphasises inclusive education by targeting the most marginalised/excluded children.  Areas of intervention include promoting gender and disability-friendly school facilities, good governance and supporting the Ghana Education Service to enhance monitoring and supervision.

Economic security and health

This programme integrates livelihoods and under-five health initiatives that will strengthen household resilience and create an environment where families have the economic opportunities to ensure children’s protection and education, while reducing the financial burden and stress caused by diseases.  It will also strengthen the ability of families to withstand shock caused by emergency situations. The main programme components are: promoting food security and community-based micro-finance, specifically Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA); appropriate employable skills for the youth; and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) including HIV and AIDS.

Child protection

Plan Ghana contributes to effective national and community level child protection systems by supporting initiatives that address weak institutional capacity to enforce the laws, and to implement programmes in favour of children. This programme involves strengthening national child protection systems, community mobilisation, child protection and disaster risks response.