By Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Feb 28, GNA – The Ghana Education Service (GES) has been nominated for the covetous United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) scheduled for June this year in Morocco to recognise excellence in public service.
The UNPSA rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
Through an annual competition, the UNPSA promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
School for Life (SfL), a subsidiary of Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA), a non-governmental organisation, working in the education sector, nominated GES for its exceptional contributions towards promoting the Complementary Basic Education programme (CBE) in the country.
Alhaji Suleman Osman Saaka, Programme Manager of SfL, who briefed the Ghana News Agency in Tamale, said SfL nominated GES for the awards because of its partnership roles with organisations including development partners in implementing the CBE programme.
The CBE programme affords out-of-school children, who are beyond school starting age (eight to 14), the opportunity to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills within a period of nine months in their mother-tongues to facilitate their enrolment into the formal school system.
Thousands of out-of-school children across the country have been benefiting from the CBE programme.
Alhaji Saaka said winning the award would mean an international acclaim and recognition of the CBE programme, which would boost the morale of the CBE implementers in the country.
He said other partners of SfL including the Department for International Development and the Ghana Friends of Denmark have endorsed the nomination of GES for the award.
He described the CBE programme as monumental, saying it had chalked several successes as many out-of-school children were now gaining access to formal education in the country.