Story: Prosper Agbenyega/

The early childhood sector in Ghana is believed to be facing many challenges including lack of trained teachers, poor infrastructure, poor developed teaching and learning materials and issues regarding the implementation of language policy among others.

However, as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, early childhood is a critical stage in a person’s life and appropriate provision and actions targeted on children in their early years ensures they have the best foundation for growth development and learning when they begin primary school and beyond.

It was in the light of these that the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has launched a first Glabal Action Week inGhanato be celebrated with the slogan, “Rights from Start; Early Childhood Care and Education Now!”

The Global Action Week, even though has been marked every year inGhanain commemoration has not been formally launched in the country.

The campaign would among other things, focus on early childhood care and education inGhanaand be championed to promote the rights of every young and most vulnerable to health, well being, quality care and education and to raise awareness of the importance of the early years to and achievement in later life.

Launching the Global Action Week inAccra, the Chairman of the Ghana Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), Mr. Bright Appiah, has urged the government to demonstrate its commitment towards promoting functional adult literacy.

This, he said, could be done by increasing the budgetary allocation for functional adult literacy to the internationally accepted benchmark of three per cent of the education sector budget.

According to, currently, the one per cent of the education sector budget allocated to functional adult literacy was not acceptable, even though some developed countries are unable to meet that and for that matter are only allocating 0.5%.

The theme for this year’s Global Action Week is “Early Childhood Care and Education,” The theme is to emphasize the rights of the child to education, which is also key to national development.

Mr. Appiah noted that promoting functional adult literacy and particularly the literacy of women was key to realizing national economic and democratic ideals.

He averred that the time has come for all to play that role the cognitive development of the child for national development. He mentioned that learning starts from birth and is a lifelong process and that investing in the quality of early childhood care and education is the best investment in Ghana’s future.


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