Eleven thousand three hundred and fifty learners drawn from seven districts in the Northern Region have been enrolled in this year’s literacy and numeracy skills in the mother tongue.
The districts include Yendi, Sagnerigu, Central Gonja, Kumbungu, Saboba, Zabzugu and Nanumba South.
The nine months complementary basic education programme will prepare the children for enrolment into the formal school system.
As part of efforts to improve on previous training programmes, four hundred and fifty four facilitators are currently undergoing training sharpen their skills in functional literacy.
The Communications and Advocacy officer for School for Life, Fuseini Abdul Rahim, in an interview with Radio Ghana in Tamale revealed that, Likpakpa, Gonja and Dagbanli are the main languages for facilitation.
He added that, a two months English literacy programme has been introduced to facilitate a smooth transition into the formal school system. Despite numerous efforts to achieve universal basic school enrolment, thousands of children remain out of school in the Northern Region.
The nine month literacy programme in mother tongue, being implemented by School for Life and partners with financial support from DFID and USAID is therefore aimed getting all children in school.