Child Literacy

Some may ask what is meant by child education. Child Education is the process of teaching and training the mind and character of a young human to gain knowledge so that he/she can achieve his/her goals in life. In Ghana, the level of education is very low and there are many reasons for this.

Poverty is one of the major factors for the level of child education being low. Some people don’t have money to send their children to school, so they send them into trading, selling on the street or hustling.

Some villages have no school buildings. Children study under trees and in some cases the lucky ones study under tents.

Many parents and guardians don’t even see why they must send their children to school. They don’t understand the importance of school. In the olden days girls were not allowed to be educated for a variety of reasons. Girls were supposed to stay in the house and cook while only boys were allowed to go to school so that they could get good jobs.

Others try to send their children to be educated but are not able to provide them with the school materials they need. For example: Some schools don’t have computer laboratories when studying I.C.T and so children cannot do practical work. They don’t have science laboratories to perform practical experiments. Many schools even don’t have basic materials such as a compass, dividers or blackboard rulers for teaching mathematics.

Above, I have listed various points that have led to low levels of education in Ghana. However, with the help of the government and other NGOs, it is possible to increase the level of literacy in Ghana.

Firstly, the government and NGO’s must provide public schools so that parents who are poor can send their child to school without having to pay school fees. T

Secondly, the government and NGOs must educate the society about why child education is important. Government must also educate parents especially about Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey’s idea, that if a man is educated it benefits one person but if a woman is educated the whole nation benefits.

Thirdly, I would like to plead with the government and NGOs to visit schools in Ghana and provide them with the materials such as pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, exercise books, note books, school bags, especially to the needy who don’t have these items.

Written by:

Mary Essuman

Member of the PAAJAF FOUNDATION

14 (Age)