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Ghana School Feeding Programme hailed as trailblazer in Africa

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Ghana School Feeding Programme hailed as trailblazer in Africa

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) has been described as a “trailblazer” in Africa as far as the implementation and development of the home-grown programme is concerned.

According to a senior nutrition officer and project manager at the AUDA-NEPAD, Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi, Ghana has shown leadership and seriousness in the school feeding implementation in Africa, and still continues to show clear signs and commitment to reaching more school children.

She noted that Ghana’s success stories, commitment, innovations and exemplary leadership in the school feeding implementation has compelled her outfit to make a strong case for Ghana to sturdily contribute to the forthcoming Africa School Feeding Day on the 1st of March, 2022.
Speaking at a technical workshop on Home-Grown School Feeding Implementation Guidelines held in Accra, Ms. Moalosi disclosed that most African countries implementing school feeding programmes do not have a fully-fledged established secretariat with skilled, competent and effective management staff like what Ghana currently has. The validation workshop was supported by the World Food Programme (WFP).
In line with their mandate to generate and preserve knowledge in Africa, the AUDA-NEPAD official noted that discussions were ongoing to develop a school feeding repository at AUDA-NEPAD to promote knowledge and experience sharing among AU member states.

L-R: Dr. Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah, National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi, Senior Nutrition Officer and Project Manager at the AUDA-NEPAD, and Ms. Emma Anaman, Programme Policy Officer for WFP.
In addition, she emphasized the need to create a platform for peer review mechanisms and country exchange visits among African member states where Ghana will play a critical role.
Meanwhile, the review and validation workshop on the Home-Grown School Feeding Implementation Guidelines, Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi noted, will help determine if the format of the guideline is user friendly, practical and easy to follow; assess the operational challenges of using the guideline; determine if the draft guidelines cover all the necessary components of the Home-Grown School Feeding implementation; and address the common challenges experienced at country level.

The National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Dr. Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah expressed her profound gratitude to the AUDA-NEPAD, World Food Programme, Partnership for Child Development, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and other agencies that have supported the Ghana School Feeding Programme over the years to become what it is presently.
She said that the development of the Home-Grown School Feeding Guideline being spearheaded by the AUDA-NEPAD with support from WFP, was timely.
The GSFP National Coordinator said the document will serve as a tool to augment the local efforts in strengthening the implementation of school feeding programmes, particularly in terms of food systems and nutritional quality.
Dr. Mrs. Quashigah implored AUDA-NEPAD to really consider Ghana as host for the celebration of the upcoming Africa Day of School Feeding, since Ghana is a pioneer implementer of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar III, which is the anchor of the Home-Grown School Feeding programmes.

According to her, when she took over as the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme, she has been able to introduce measures to address the main challenges of the programme especially in improving food quality, safety and hygiene.
Her administration, she noted, has also been able to increase the number of beneficiary children from 1,671,077 in 2016 to 3,448,065 in 2021; and also improved on the nutritional component of food served to pupils.
“We in Ghana have developed a programme policy for the Home-Grown School Feeding; a draft Bill is awaiting parliamentary approval and currently reviewing our operational manuals. The GSFP has also subjected itself to assessment by independent external evaluators, and the recommendations of such assessments have been factored into restructuring the programme as a way of continuous improvement”.
Ms. Emma Anaman, Programme Policy Officer for WFP assured the commitment of her organization to continue to partner with the Ghana School Feeding Programme to make it bigger and better for more children.
She said children were the human capital of every country and that any investment in their future was not a waste.

Ms. Anaman underscored the importance of Ghana School Feeding Programme which she said had ripple effects on every sector of Ghana’s economy.
“Over 10,000 caterers, 38,000 cooks and several local farmers are working because of school feeding; and it is against this backdrop that we at WFP will want to see the GSFP bill quickly passed into law by the government to create more opportunities”.
The Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME) at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr. Mawutor Abloh described school feeding as a very important programme which needs to be sustained and expanded. He was optimistic that the Guidelines would help consolidate the gains made so far, and build upon it.
The Participants were taken through powerpoint presentations by the Nutrition and Food Security Independent Consultant for AUDA-NEPAD, Prof. Josephine Kiamba on the Purpose and Overview of the Draft Guidelines; and meeting the objectives and explanation of the validation process, among others.

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GES releases guidelines for 2021 school selection

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The Ghana Education Service (GES), has released guidelines for the 2021 school selection process.

In a press statement, GES said all Senior High Schools (SHS), Senior High Technical Schools (SHTS) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions had been placed in four categories – A, B, C and D.

It asked all candidates to choose their first to fifth choices from schools in category A, B and C in order of their preference, adding that, each choice must have a programme and accommodation preference, day or boarding.

The Service asked candidates and parents to note that category A schools could only be selected once and Category B schools, twice, however, a candidate could select all five choices from category C.

“In category A, a candidate can select only one school; in category B, a candidate can select two schools, and in category c, a candidate can select five schools,” it stated.

The statement said candidates were to select a compulsory day school as sixth choice from category D or choose a boarding school from the list of schools in appendix three of the 2021 schools register as special boarding.

“Category D represent the Day school option. These are schools that candidates can attend as day students and, therefore, must be schools that are, located in the candidates’ catchment area. Appendix three contains special boarding schools that can be selected as boarding for the sixth choice,” it stressed.

The statement said for candidates who wished to offer TVET programmes, they should select all six TVETS schools from Category A, B and C as Day or Boarding.

It entreated parents and guardians to supervise their wards in the selection and filling process and ensure that they signed and submitted the forms to their current Junior High Schools.

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Bawku gets ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre

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Bawku gets ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre

ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre, has been commissioned at Aminiya Islamic School at Daduri in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region.

The Digital Community Facility in Bawku, which is the first to be established by ATC Ghana in the Upper East Region, will serve both pupils and residents of the Municipality.

Digital Communities are learning centres that use the uninterrupted electrical power and internet connectivity from ATC’s tower sites to provide free ICT learning in the communities we serve.

This year, ATC Ghana has rolled out Digital Communities at four locations namely Bawku in the Upper East Region, Akontombra in the Western North Region, Berekum in the Ahafo Region and Asuom in the Eastern Region.

The four new Digital Communities add up to the six facilities already operating at Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, Savelugu in the Northern Region, Tarkwa in the Western Region, Bawdua in the Eastern Region, Makola in the Greater Accra Region and Battor in the Volta Region.

American Tower Corporation, ATC Ghana’s parent company, is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries.

ATC Ghana is the leading tower company in Ghana, and also the largest with over 3,900 communications sites across the country.

Mr Yahaya Yunusa, Chief Executive Officer, ATC Ghana Limited, in his address at the launch in Bawku said ATC’s global solutions include over 214,000 towers, 2,000 managed rooftops, in-building and outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks, and a suite of services that speed network deployment.

“Our global sustainability initiatives focus heavily on education, particularly digital literacy, where wesupport underserved and unserved students, schools and communities by leveraging technology to improve their access to quality education,” he said.

He noted that through their Digital Communities, which was their flagship digital inclusion programme, they were deploying fully equipped ICT education centres throughout Ghana to create digitally empowered communities where users could learn without barriers.

He said in conjunction with key partners such as Africa ICT Right and Ghana Code Club, ATC Ghana seeks to provide ICT skills and entrepreneurial training to the youth to equip them with the right skill-sets to broaden their career prospects in an increasingly connected and interconnected world, either by increasing their employability or though entrepreneurship.

Mr Yunusa said the Digital Communities project was also in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to digitalise all aspects of the Ghanaian economy under its Digital Ghana Agenda.

“We, at ATC Ghana, are proud to play a role in supporting Government’s vision of an inclusive digital economy while encouraging the aspirations of the many brilliant young people across the length and breadth of this country,” Mr Yunusa said.

“At ATC Ghana, we believe that supporting education by leveraging on technology as part of our sustainability goals is the right thing to do and we take great pride in how our organization demonstrates its commitment to the communities where we operate.

“We know that the Digital Communities are truly a great way of giving back to our society and thank you all once again for your generous support and contributions toward this launch here in this community.”

Madam Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources, ATC Tower Ghana, said as a technology focused Company, ATC Ghana was very invested in ensuring equal access to quality ICT education to everyone and young people in particular.

Mr Abubakar Iddrisu Bawa, Presiding Member, Bawku Municipal Assembly, said the Facility was not only for the benefit of the pupils, and that the teachers would equally use it to upgrade their ICT knowledge.

Mr Azariya Ayariga, Bawku Municipal Director of Education, in a speech read on his behalf, urged the staff to ensure proper maintenance of the Facility.

Naba Yussif, Seid Nab, who chaired the function, expressed gratitude to ATC Ghana for the kind gesture.

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Volta Region supports KETASCO

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GNA – Schools in the Volta Region have thrown their support behind the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO), the region’s representative at this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), to ensure it brings the trophy home.

KETASCO defeated Wesley Girls Senior High School (SHS) and Tamale SHS to make history as the first school from the Volta Region to make it to the grand finale of the prestigious competition.

KETASCO otherwise known as ‘DZOLALI’ will on Friday, November 26, lock horns with two other finalists; Prempeh College and PRESEC Legon, out of the 146 schools, which started the month-long contest taking place in the Ashanti Region.

The stunning performance by the Keta ‘Eagle’ won the admiration of all past and present students of the school and other sister schools from the region, especially the Keta Business College.

People from the region who took to their social media handles to express how proud KETASCO had made Volta.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited Keta, home to the Volta Regional representative of NSMQ 2021 finalists, to find out the level of excitement.

Mr Edwin Mensah, an 85-year old former librarian and old student of Bishop Herman College, Kpando, said he was so proud of the performance put up by the students of KETASCO.

Some students of KETASCO could not hide their joy as they prayed for their schoolmates to do their best to bring the trophy home.

“I’m so proud of them. We’re looking forward to them bringing the ultimate back here. I wish to be selected by the authorities to go and cheer them on that Friday to victory. It’s now or never for the Eagle to fly and fly very high,” Lordina Tettey, a student, said.

Mr Samuel Agbematu, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, KETASCO, said: “It took a lot of hard work for the students to attain that feat.”

Since they stepped onto the campus, they had been training in preparation for the competition, he said, and expressed the hope that they would emerge victorious on Friday.

He commended the efforts of tutors of the School, especially Mr Isaac Boateng and Mr Churchill Kukuia, and the past students, including Dr Ben Boafoah and Dr Emmanuel Agbematu for their roles in training the contesting students.

Mr Agbematu said the school had confidence in the team, especially the star contestant, Bright Gadzo, declaring that “we’ll win the cup not just for us but for Volta.”

Mr Charles Apreko, the Volta Regional Chairman, Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Headmaster of Kpando SHS, assured the contestants that “Volta is behind them.”

“I have a strong belief that we’re bringing the trophy home. All the schools in Volta are sending their congratulatory messages and well wishes. We’re in for the cup.”

“You have contributed tremendously to our efforts in projecting and promoting the Volta Region. We are proud of you, Champs. Congratulations! Come Friday, let the Eagle fly the #NSMQ2021 Trophy to Volta. You can.”

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, took to his Facebook page to motivate the contestants, saying: “The entire Volta Region is behind you”.

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