GEOP Triumph: Ministry of Education Wins 2024 GOVTECH Prize for Inclusive Excellence in Ghana

photo of Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum receiving GEOP award on behalf of ministry of education

The Ministry of Education – Ghana has emerged as the winner of the GOVTECH prize, being recognized as the foremost distinguished entity in the Education Service Category by the UAE Government during the 2024 GOVTECH Prize, a prestigious segment of the World Government Summit.

The acclaimed accolade celebrates the remarkable success of the Ghana Education Outcomes Project (GEOP), particularly its pivotal role in reintegrating 17,340 Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) learners into mainstream schools and significantly enhancing learning outcomes through innovative interventions within a span of one year.

Amidst stiff competition, where more than a thousand applicants vied for the first position in the Education Service Category, our Ministry emerged victorious. This triumph is a testament to the impactful initiatives carried out in collaboration with GEOP, an additional funding project operating under Ghana Accountability Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP).

This esteemed recognition serves to reaffirm the unwavering commitment of His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, to fostering equitable and inclusive education. The focus on reintegrating children into mainstream education aligns seamlessly with the broader vision of providing quality education accessible to all.

Appreciation for Our Partners and Other Stakeholders

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education – Ghana, present at the summit, recognized the fact that this success would not have been possible without the invaluable support of our partners. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) for its generous funding, the World Bank for its indispensable technical assistance and project management, and the Education Outcomes Fund (EOF) Team for its adept conceptualization of the outcomes-based design.

photo of ministry of education with GEOP award
Ministry of Education – Ghana with GEOP award

Our gratitude also extends to our esteemed service providers, namely the Ghana TransformED Partnership, School for Life Rising Education Outcomes Partnership, and Plan International, Ghana. Their innovative interventions played a crucial role in the success of the GEOP, contributing to the transformative impact witnessed in the education sector.

In particular, we acknowledge the pivotal role of the Ghana TransformED Partnership, whose collaborative efforts have demonstrated a commitment to educational excellence. The School for Life Rising Education Outcomes Partnership has played a vital role in implementing effective strategies, and Plan International, Ghana, has been instrumental in driving positive change through its innovative initiatives.

The collaborative synergy between these service providers and our Ministry has yielded exceptional results, setting a benchmark for future endeavors in the realm of education. Their dedication and innovative interventions have contributed significantly to the overall success of the GEOP, showcasing the effectiveness of a multi-stakeholder approach.

Wake-up Call for All

As we celebrate this momentous achievement, it is imperative that we recognize the collective efforts that have propelled us to this pinnacle of success. The commitment of all stakeholders involved, from governmental bodies to international partners and service providers, highlights the power of collaboration in achieving transformative outcomes in the field of education.

In conclusion, let us renew our collective commitment to advancing the cause of education in Ghana. This recognition serves as a beacon, guiding us towards a brighter, more inclusive future for all Ghanaian children. The journey ahead is undoubtedly challenging, but with the spirit of collaboration and innovation that has brought us to this point, we are well-equipped to surmount any obstacles on the path to educational excellence and inclusivity.

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