Ghana's New Radio Literacy Program

In March, when schools in Ghana closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all efforts made by Pencils of Promise (PoP) became greatly disrupted. Since then, PoP developed a radio literacy program to continue working towards their goal of making quality education accessible to all children. Teachers from partner schools helped plan and script 18 lessons that will be aired on radio, as well as information centers for those communities without radio access. This program aims to not only deal with potential learning loss, but to ensure equity within Ghana’s primary education system.

We cannot waste this crisis. This shock might have lasting negative impacts, but it must be an opportunity to accelerate, not go back to where we were before. We will go to a new normal with a different understanding of the role of parents, teachers, and technology. A new normal that should be more effective, more resilient, more equitable, and more inclusive. We owe it to our children.

Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education, World Bank