Here is all you need to know about the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Projects (GALOP) to be launched by government. The government of Ghana is to launch a $218.7million learning project for 10,000 Least Performing Basic Schools across the country on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
The Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Projects (GALOP) is to be launched at the Jubilee House in Accra.
The project is partly funded by the World Bank, Department for International Development (DfID), and Global Partnerships for Education (GPE).
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About Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Projects (GALOP)
GALOP is a 5-year results-based financing project, with the disbursement of Project Funds to the Ministry of Education being contingent on the achievement of pre-determined results.
The objective of GALOP is to improve the quality of education in low performing basic education schools and strengthen the education sector equity and accountability in Ghana.
The Project is targeted at the 10,000 least performing Basic Schools (Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High) across the country as well as special schools with direct interventions.
GALOP aims to support the Ministry of Education’s Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2018-2030), which has quality, access, equity, sustainability, and relevance as its key priority areas in order to provide equitable access to quality basic education to all Ghanaians.
The proposed Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) will support the implementation of Government’s Education Sector Plan (ESP) with focus on basic education. The project will improve the quality of low performing basic education schools and strengthen education sector accountability in Ghana. The project would also employ a phased approach to accommodate the gradual rollout of the new curriculum by the government and will begin with the early grades (Kindergarten to P6) expanding to other levels of basic education as the n ew curriculum is rolled out. The project’s focus on early years is equity enhancing because of the long-term benefits in terms of readiness to learn and improved future learning outcomes. The learning interventions are expected to reach approximately 10,000 poorly performing public basic schools, which represents approximately one half of basic schools.
GALOP is committed to meeting the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) which requires that for project with series of subprojects, that the risks and impacts cannot be determined until the details of subprojects have been identified, an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) be prepared. The ESMF sets out the principles, rules, guidelines and procedures to screen, assess, manage and monitor the mitigation measures of environmental and social impacts.
- Screening subprojects for potential environmental and social risks and impacts
- Assessment of potential adverse E&S impacts commonly associated with the subprojects;
- Managing risks and impacts and monitoring specific mitigation measures
- Establishment of clear procedures and methodologies for the E&S planning, review, approval and implementation of sub-projects
- Delineation of roles and responsibilities and the necessary reporting procedures for managing and monitoring sub-project E&S concerns.
- Budgeting for E&S implementation
The potential adverse impacts of the proposed project, which were identified through this E&S assessment process, were found to be:
- Loss of flora and fauna
- Generation of solid and liquid wastes
- Air pollution: gaseous, dusts and particulates
- Noise generation
- Labour Influx and Gender Based Violence
- Public health and safety risks
- Land Acquisition and Restriction of Land use
- Differentiated impacts on gender and other vulnerable groups (i.e. persons with disabilities)
Land acquisition generally is not envisaged under this project since renovations and construction activities will largely be limited to existing school compounds. Nevertheless, since there is a possibility of land acquisition the project has developed a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) which will be prepared before appraisal to guide the preparation of Resettlement Actions Plans during implementation if required.
The ESMF considered a number of mitigation and enhancement measures and also principles for implementation to ensure that GALOP become socially acceptable, environmentally sound and sustainable. The measures include:
- Air quality control principles;
- Health and safety principles;
- Mitigation principles for the effects of land acquisition
- Labour influx control principles;
- Socio-cultural conflicts prevention principles;
- Gender and vulnerable groups impact mitigation principles;
- GBV prevention in accordance with the Good Practice Note for Civil works
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan including Grievance Redress Mechanism
The successful implementation of the ESMF depends on the commitment of MOE and GES and related institutions, the capacity within the institutions and the appropriate and functional institutional arrangements among others. The key ESMF implementation areas and the relevant institutional roles as well as the institutional arrangement and collaboration for successful implementation of the ESMF of the GCAP have been determined and outlined. The E&S monitoring and reporting roles and responsibilities within institutions and among the stakeholders have been mapped out.
An E&S screening process, selection and evaluation of GALOP are required to manage both E&S aspects of these activities, preferably in a participatory manner with beneficiary communities. MOE and GES will use the screening tool to screen all potential subprojects and report accordingly as part of the usual project formulation (feasibility phase) exercise.