As part of plans to eradicate learning poverty in Ghana, the World Bank Group has set new learning targets to boost support for quality primary education.
According to the group, the number of children who cannot read and understand will be reduced by half by 2030 through these new learning targets.
Speaking at a conference to mark the End Poverty Day on Thursday, the World Bank Group’s Acting Country Manager, Dr. Beatrix Allah-Mensah said these targets will promote reading, as it’s a basis on which other skills will be acquired.
“We can’t close the lengthy gap alone. That is why the World Bank is setting a new learning target to sharpen support for quality primary education. By 2030, we want to reduce by at least half the share of children who cannot read and understand a simple story. The learning target focuses on reading because it is the foundation on which other essential skills such as numeracy and science are acquired,” she said.
On her part, a Deputy Education Minister, Gifty Twum Ampofo in an interview with Citi News on the Ministry’s responsibility to tackle the issue of learning poverty said that “as much as possible, by the end of this year, we are supposed to have a full complement of teachers in our classrooms.”
The World Bank Group is a partnership devoted to fighting poverty worldwide in all its dimensions through sustainable solutions.
This year’s End Poverty Day focused on education with the theme “Ending learning poverty – What would it take?”