Ghana

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Lower middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

31% (UNFPA, 2023)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

4,931,459 (UIS, 2022)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

4,284,285 (UIS, 2022)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

19%

Source: UNSDG , 2018

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

78

Source: UN Human Development Reports , 2018

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

37%

Source: DHS , 2008

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

87%

Source: DHS , 2014

Education Snapshot Back to Top

Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

9

Source: UIS , 2022

Percentage of upper secondary schools providing life skills-based HIV and sexuality education within the formal curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities

No data available

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities Percentage of schools

  • Primary 91%

    (2017)

  • Upper secondary 63%

    (2019)

Source: UIS

Women as a percentage of teachers in tertiary education Women as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2022

Men as a percentage of teachers in pre-primary education Men as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2021

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS , 2023

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

No data available

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

No data available

Experiencing bullying in the last 12 months in lower secondary education

  • Female 64%

  • Male 61%

Female: UNESCO, 2012

Male: UNESCO, 2012

Youth not in education, employment or training

  • Female 31%

  • Male 18%

Female: ILO, 2015

Male: ILO, 2015


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 73%

  • Male 69%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 50%

  • Male 45%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 9%

  • Male 12%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 6%

  • Male 7%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school
  • Female 6%

  • Male 8%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school
  • Female 29%

  • Male 21%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Legal Frameworks Back to Top

Presence of legislation on child protection, to prevent corporal punishment in schools

1

No protection from violence in educational institutions

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation protecting the right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender

5

Enshrines right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender for all within the territory

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation to protect and facilitate education of pregnant adolescent girls

2

No explicit protection of the right to education of pregnant and parenting girls

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Existence of processes to support coordinated action on gender equality in and through education by ministries, civil society, youth organizations and other actors

Data coming soon!

Existence of systematic processes to review and update curricula and learning resources, with a view to eradicating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Data coming soon!

Training on gender-responsive pedagogies is embedded in teacher training programmes

Data coming soon!


Programs Back to Top

Project/Program

Accelerated Learning Program

Project/Program

African Women Making A Difference

Network/Convening/Conference

Better Life, Better Future

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme

Project/Program

CAMFED Association

Project/Program

Clean Water Wells

Project/Program

Community Action Plan

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Comprehensive scholarship programme

Project/Program

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Research Project/Report/Study

DeliverED Initiative

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Education and Training

Project/Program

EQWIP HUBs

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Gender Equity/Education Funding

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Gender-Responsive Education and Transformation

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Girls' Education Challenge

Project/Program

Girls - Participatory Approaches to Students Success (PASS) in Ghana

Project/Program

Global Programme to End Child Marriage

Network/Convening/Conference

Her Choice

Research Project/Report/Study

IDInsight: COVID-19 Response Research

Project/Program

Leading Community Action for Vulnerable Girls: Young African women at the forefront of COVID-19

Project/Program

Learn4Work

Project/Program

LitClub

Project/Program

National Kindergarten School Design Review

Research Project/Report/Study

Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE)

Research Project/Report/Study

Piloting Strategies to Reduce Anemia Among Women in the Fishing Industry in Ghana

Advocacy Campaign/Project

Safe to Learn

Project/Program

Service-learning for WASH in schools

Project/Program

Strategic Approaches to Girls' Education (STAGE)

Project/Program

Teacher Professional Development

Project/Program

Teach to Reach Remote Classrooms (TRC)

Research Project/Report/Study

The COVID-19 Crisis and its Impact on Global Education

Research Project/Report/Study

The Effect of COVID-19 on Education in Africa and its Implications for the Use of Technology: A Survey of the Experiences and Opinions of Educators and Technology Specialists

Research Project/Report/Study

The Impact of COVID-19 on Young Women

Project/Program

Train for Tomorrow, Ghana

Project/Program

Transformational Teacher Training for Kindergarten Teachers in the Eastern Region of Ghana

Project/Program

Transformational Teacher Training in partnership with the University of Winneba

Project/Program

Transition Guides/Peer Educators

Project/Program

World Teacher

Project/Program

Youth Clubs

Project/Program

Youth Enterprise

Project/Program

Youth Forward Initiative

Research Project/Report/Study

Youth Think Tank

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Government Programs Back to Top

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Transforming Education Summit National Statement of Commitment Back to Top